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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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Aug 18, 2020

As the incoming President & CEO of the CBIA, the largest business association in the state, in the middle of a major economic shift, during a worldwide pandemic, Chris DiPentima has his hands full. But, you wouldn't know it from the positivity that Chris radiates as he speaks about the CBIA and the CT economy as a whole.

Chris is no 'Pollyanna' - he knows what he's up against, but he also knows he's got a fantastic team to worth with, historical reference to learn from, and strong CT businesses with which to collaborate for the benefit of the state as a whole.

Chris has learned a ton from former CBIA leader and Made in America podcast guest, Joe Brennan, and has a terrific understanding of where he can bring the most value to the organization and the state.

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