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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving 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 that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP a Technology Managed Service Provider with offices from Miami to Milwaukee and down the eastern seaboard. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it makes on our economy.


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Produced by Miceli Productions -

Nov 24, 2020

In this episode, Kristen Gunther, Account Executive and 5th generation family at George Schmitt & Co., speaks with Ari about what it's like growing up and working in a family business, the importance of thinking on your feet, and the endless career opportunities in manufacturing.

Kristen explains how the family business has given her purpose and a sense of belonging. She's excited about being part of the company lineage and is grateful for all of the families that have worked for them.

Kristen is also hopeful about CT manufacturing community and believes that there is a career for everyone in the manufacturing industry!

Kristen Gunther, Account Executive, George Schmitt & Co.
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