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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 -

Mar 30, 2021

This Made in America episode features Barry Alexander, CEO and Founder of Aquiline Drones, and his exciting story about being a pilot and running a successful drone company!

Barry talks to Ari about the importance of treating drones as aircraft, how to vet the industry before starting an aviation business, and what it takes to create an uber-like drone ecosystem. He details how the drone industry has developed over the years and what their training program looks like.

Barry shares his thoughts on the vibrant supply chain and aviation history right here in CT and how we can continue to successfully build it up. He believes that all CT manufacturing companies have the opportunity to foster a strong workforce with the right mix of support and effort!

Books discussed in this episode:
'Guns, Germs, and Steel' by Jared Diamond

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