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The challenges of getting a college degree late in life

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

When we last interviewed our next guest, he was very busy with his construction business. But when most people would be pretty content with a successful 20-year career, he decided to complete his PhD from Clemson University. Mike Switzer interviews Todd Usher, president of Addison Homes Greenville, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.