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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. 


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Produced by Miceli Productions -

Jan 21, 2020

Ari and Tony Karlowicz, Co-founder of Back East Brewery, talk about beer, taste beer, and have a great time talking about brewing as what it truly is, a manufacturing business. They discuss topics any other manufacturer would need to learn: innovating, staying competitive in a crowded market, business strategy, and how to grow your capacity.


Tony and Ari also talk about Tony's background - moving from accounting to brewing - and how important it is to follow your dreams and just get started.


This episode gets into some interesting topics like brewing history and regulations, building relationships in the industry, the manufacturing technology and the challenges a brewery can face.


Grab yourself a beer and enjoy learning in this episode of the Made in America podcast.


Tony Karlowicz, Co-founder, Back East Brewery

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Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct

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Brewing Up a Business, Sam Calagione, Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


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