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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving CT manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word throughout the state that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 

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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. 

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This podcast is brought to you by IT Direct - www.gettingyouconnected.com

Produced by Miceli Productions - www.miceliproductions.com

Jul 28, 2020

Marcy Minnick is the 3rd generation running Excello Tool Engineering & Manufacturing, Co in Milford, CT. On today's podcast, Marcy and Ari discuss the background and history of Excello Tool. Marcy proudly touts the incredible artistry of her team and gives them credit not only for the success, but the actual existence...


Jul 21, 2020

HABCO Industries has been at the forefront of Covid response in so many ways throughout the pandemic. Brian Montanari, President and CEO, shares some of the great things they've done both inside his company and in cooperating with the whole CT manufacturing industry during this time.

Brian talks about the Covid testing...


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...