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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 -

Aug 4, 2020

Please note that this episode was recorded pre-COVID 19.

Jill Mayer, CEO, is bringing Bead Industries, a 90 year old company in Milford CT, to new heights. They are updating their marketing, technology, and management systems to empower their people, encourage a younger workforce, and take their company into the future.

In this episode, Jill tells wonderful stories about the history of her family and the company and how they intertwine. She talks about her start in the manufacturing industry, her move into the CEO role, and how she views herself as the company visionary, rather than the integrator.

Jill discusses her passion of being a servant-leader and teaching her team that everyone makes an impact.

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