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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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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!

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