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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 

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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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This podcast is brought to you by IT Direct - www.gettingyouconnected.com

Produced by Miceli Productions - www.miceliproductions.com

May 26, 2020

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May 19, 2020

Jill Mayer, CEO of Bead Industries talks to Ari about how they are using this slower time to prepare for the future. From implementing new organizational procedures to investing in equipment and automation, Bead plans to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic in a better and stronger position.

In this episode, Jill and Ari...


May 12, 2020

Lynn Welding in Newington CT has an incredible handle on their Covid-19 response. They are doing things for communication, safety, and future planning that we haven't heard anywhere else.

On this episode, Ari talks to Ibrahim Ibrahim, Operations Manager, who has been a central figure in the company's...


May 5, 2020

This week, Ari Santiago talks to Mark Burzynski, President of the Arthur G Russell Company in Bristol CT. This growing company has a strong company culture defined by teamwork, as well as respect and appreciation for each employee. During these Covid-19 times, this culture has kept them going and working...