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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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Dec 17, 2019

The Lee Company in Westbrook, CT has had incredible growth and success over the years. In this episode Marietta Lee, VP and Corporate Secretary, talks about her bumpy road to the family business and the value of starting from the bottom. Ari and Marietta discuss the importance of appreciating and investing in your employees to build a solid company culture.

This episode has incredible advice on how to manage a family business in a way that enables growth and prosperity. They also talk about The Lee Company's ability to stay nimble over the years. With so many family owned manufacturers  in CT, there is tons to learn from Marietta Lee on how to manage transitions, how to factor in family dynamics, and how important it is for employees to believe the family has their best interests at heart.

Ari and Marietta also touch on recruitment, retention, employee training, the role of risk in business growth, and the importance of giving back to your community.

This is a great episode with a great manufacturing leader!

Marietta Lee, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, The Lee Company

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Book discussed in this episode: Who Moved my Cheese, Spencer Johnson, M.D.

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