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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 


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 -

Sep 22, 2020

Nancy Traver, Industry Specialist at Traver IDC, highlights her experience growing up in a family business and the passion she has endured along the way. Nancy shares thoughts on the value of the organization, women in manufacturing, operating under a decision tree, and her involvement in Smaller Manufacturers...

Sep 15, 2020

Tom Matulaniec, Owner and President of TOMZ Corporation, highlights how important it is to get ahead of the curve through innovation. His ideas on reinvigorating an older workforce and using social media to strengthen the business are terrific!

Tom clearly appreciates growing up in a manufacturing family and believes...

Sep 8, 2020

George Giering, President of Giering Metal Finishing Inc, understands the value of taking risks in order to maintain the success and growth of his company. He touts having family support and a great mentor as keys to helping him navigate the ebbs and flows of the business.

Ari and George also talk about sales processes,...

Sep 1, 2020

Rina Patel, VP of Operations at RSCC Wire and Cable, has had a phenomenal manufacturing career with some top companies. This welcoming and engaging manufacturing leader attributes her success to her family, her personal growth, and her leadership style.

Rina talks to Ari about engaging the workforce, listening...