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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 18, 2020

Peer-learning has never been so much fun. This episode with David Parmelee, President of Wepco Plastics, is another great learning experience!

Ari and David talk about some really different topics. Of course, they talk about continuous improvement, workforce development, the history of Wepco plastics and how they recruit.

But, they also talk about work-life balance, millennials in the workplace, the value of apprenticeship, the importance of peer-learning and sharing, and Wepco's incredible social media presence.

Get out your notebook, you're gonna want to write some of this down!

David Parmelee, President, Wepco Plastics
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Book discussed in this episode: Traction, Gino Wickman

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