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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 -

Feb 16, 2021

This Made in America episode highlights Don Droppo, President & CEO of Curtis Packaging!

Don talks to Ari about the importance of acting fast when times are tough, the benefits of switching to 100% renewable energy, and how a B corporation is the gold standard for any organization. He believes that a focus on social responsibility: people, planet, and profits can turn your company up a notch.

Don also talks about work-life balance, marketing, and their dramatic increase in customer sales. This value-packed episode will give you lots of things to think about!

Books discussed in this episode:
What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

Don Droppo, President & CEO, Curtis Packaging
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