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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 -

Dec 22, 2020

In this episode, David Bohn, President and CEO of Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp., speaks with Ari about his forward thinking approach, how to build an efficient internship program, and what makes a strong engineering team.

David emphasizes the importance of meeting customer needs by creating quality products. He also focuses on developing a culture full of consideration and giving. He wants employees to be there for one another, think ahead, and understand how individual work can impact those around you.

Throughout his time at Preferred, David has taken pride in working alongside his children and loves building up his community, both inside and outside of work.

Book discussed in this podcast:
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don't by James C. Collins

David Bohn, President and CEO, Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp.
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