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This podcast is a great resource for manufacturing leaders in CT and Western Mass to learn from each other. Each week Ari Santiago interviews a thriving local manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success.  

Learn great tips and best practices as these leaders tell their personal and business stories. Discover the strategies they have used to start, develop, and grow their business - leadership, sales, marketing, investments, spin-offs/mergers, culture and so much more!  


Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 


This podcast is brought to you by IT Direct -

Produced by Miceli Productions - 


Jul 14, 2020

CONNSTEP has been mentioned many times throughout the history of this podcast by manufacturing leaders who have benefitted from their fantastic services. Today, Ari is joined by Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO of CONNSTEP to discuss how CONNSTEP is meeting the needs of manufacturers a little differently at this time...

Jul 7, 2020

David Rothberg, Chairman and CEO of Laticrete International, is full of great stories from his family business. From its beginning days in the 1950s in his parents' basement to working with the next generation, ensuring it stays as an "evergreen" company, David clearly enjoys the company history and is excited about...

Jun 30, 2020

From its humble beginnings as the CT Society for the Encouragement of America Manufacturing to the business community's voice in the State Capitol, the CBIA has grown and changed substantially throughout the years. On the cusp of Joe Brennan's retirement as President & CEO of the CBIA, he reflects with Ari on the...

Jun 23, 2020

Ari is honored to have our U.S. Senator of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, join him for this terrific episode of the Made in America podcast.

Ari talks to Senator Murphy about everything manufacturers want to know:
  • The importance of manufacturing jobs in CT
  • How to increase the manufacturing workforce

Jun 16, 2020

This episode is chock full of great information on the growth and development of the electric vehicle market, how it has been affected by Covid-19 and what the future looks like in this part of the manufacturing industry.

On this episode, Ari talks to Jeffrey Mayer, Executive Chairman of Oasis Charger Corporation, which...