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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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Jun 30, 2020

From its humble beginnings as the CT Society for the Encouragement of America Manufacturing to the business community's voice in the State Capitol, the CBIA has grown and changed substantially throughout the years. On the cusp of Joe Brennan's retirement as President & CEO of the CBIA, he reflects with Ari on the history of the organization, their present accomplishments, and what he sees for the future.

This episode is fascinating! Joe and Ari talk about the CBIA's role during the different stages of the pandemic, the creation and accomplishments of the Connecticut Manufacturer's Collaborative, and the incoming President & CEO, Chris DiPentima.

Joe Brennan, President & CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association
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Books mentioned on this podcast:
Brave New Work, Aaron Dignan
The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson

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