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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 -

Jan 26, 2021

This episode with Shannon Marimón, Executive Director of ReadyCT, is loaded with valuable information on the state of educational programming, career pathway opportunities, and higher ed partnerships in CT. She covers ReadyCT's connection with the CBIA, how we can do a better job of educating our youth, and...

Jan 19, 2021

This episode with Keith Corneau is filled with terrific business insight. Keith talks to Ari about learning from others, whether it's from the mentors throughout his life, or his Vistage peer group.

He talks to Ari about career growth as a recruitment tactic and working with the Entrepreneurial Operation System (EOS) to...

Jan 12, 2021

In this episode, learn how Clayton Walters, President of Clayton Off Road, turned his hobby and passion for Jeeps into a business.

Clayton speaks with Ari about the substantial growth in his business during the pandemic, the impact of digital marketing, and the benefits of building your own machines and...

Jan 5, 2021

Join us for a unique 'home alone' episode of the Made in America podcast with our very own podcast host, Ari Santiago!

In this 2020 wrap up and 2021 kick-off episode, Ari talks about the successes and challenges of the manufacturing industry during an unprecedented year and the tremendous work of manufacturers in the...