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I-77 busy in SC

Chris Finn, President and CEO of the I-77 Alliance
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Chris Finn, President and CEO of the I-77 Alliance

In case you didn’t know, 145 million people live within an 11-hour drive of the 90-mile corridor between Columbia and Charlotte. It’s an area that encompasses five South Carolina counties and two metropolitan areas. That’s a lot of potential commerce and economic development which is why our next guest’s organization was formed. Mike Switzer interviews Chris Finn, the current president and CEO of the I-77 Alliance.

Correction: the December 7, 2023 version of this story stated that the 90-mile corridor between Columbia and Charlotte sees more than 145 million people passing through each day; that statement was incorrect and has been updated as of December 11, 2023. We apologize for this error and thank our listeners for bringing it to our attention.

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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.