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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving 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 that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP a Technology Managed Service Provider with offices from Miami to Milwaukee and down the eastern seaboard. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it makes on our economy.


This podcast is brought to you by CompassMSP -

Produced by Miceli Productions -

May 16, 2023

We love a good manufacturing start-up story and this one is filled with ups and downs! In this episode, Ari talks to Milton & Goose Founder & CEO, Shari Raymond. Milton & Goose is a high-end children's toy manufacturer that makes heirloom-quality wooden play kitchens.


Shari and Ari talk about all the struggles that starting and growing a new business can bring - from the initial design to contract manufacturing to marketing to  bringing manufacturing in-house and becoming a full-fledged CT manufacturing business.


Shari talks of learning through mistakes…an important concept that entrepreneurs know well. She also talks about how to avoid the overwhelm of everything that needs to happen - "Think about what is right in front of you, what you have to work on right in that moment"


This is an inspiring story of taking an idea to bringing it to action.


Shari's favorite book: Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller


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