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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. 


This podcast is brought to you by IT Direct -

Produced by Miceli Productions -

Dec 24, 2019

Special guests:

Clive Cunliffe, President North America - Pietro Rosa Group (New England Airfoil Products)

Tim Backus, President & CEO, Har-Conn Chrome

Tim Ulles, CEO, Numet Machining Techniques, Inc

Alyce Stiles, Associate Director of Experiential STEM Education, CCAT

Recorded live at the ACM Aerospace Alley Tradeshow on November 20th, this episode covers some great ground like the benefit of the ACM to both international companies investing in the region and locally grown companies aiming to grow and flourish.

Also on this episode, Ari talks to Alyce Stiles, Associate Director of STEM Education at CT Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) about how CCAT and the ACM, together, are encouraging students to learn more and know more about the future of manufacturing in our state. Alyce talks about how CCAT is scaling their programs to reach even more students! 

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Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct




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