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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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Feb 4, 2020

Colin Cooper is the state's first Chief Manufacturing Officer, an exciting position with a ton of potential value for the manufacturing community in CT. Colin's experience, background and clear passion for manufacturing makes him the perfect person for the role. Not only that, but he truly understands the concept: 'if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem'!

In this episode, Colin and Ari first talk about stories and lessons learned from Colin's days running the Whitcraft Group. Then they delve into the challenges he faces in his CMO role and the solutions he is working to bring to the table.

This is an episode every manufacturing leader should see/listen to!

Colin Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Department of Economic and Community Development
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Book discussed in this episode: Lean Thinking, James P Womack and Daniel T. Jones

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