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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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Mar 2, 2021

This Made in America episode highlights Brittany Isherwood, President of Burke Aerospace, and her journey as a successful woman in manufacturing!

Brittany talks to Ari about the importance of taking risks in your career and the value of excellent communication, especially during tough times. She discusses her experience of having and being a mentor; how it has shaped her life and allows her to help other women grow in the industry as well.

Brittany encourages women at all levels to get involved in manufacturing associations and organizations so that they can learn and grow as a community.

This episode is full of many valuable lessons!

Books discussed in this episode:
'Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don't' by Verne Harnish

Brittany Isherwood, President, Burke Aerospace
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