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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

Jun 30, 2020

From its humble beginnings as the CT Society for the Encouragement of America Manufacturing to the business community's voice in the State Capitol, the CBIA has grown and changed substantially throughout the years. On the cusp of Joe Brennan's retirement as President & CEO of the CBIA, he reflects with Ari on the...


Jun 23, 2020

Ari is honored to have our U.S. Senator of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, join him for this terrific episode of the Made in America podcast.

Ari talks to Senator Murphy about everything manufacturers want to know:
  • The importance of manufacturing jobs in CT
  • How to increase the manufacturing workforce
  •...


Jun 16, 2020

This episode is chock full of great information on the growth and development of the electric vehicle market, how it has been affected by Covid-19 and what the future looks like in this part of the manufacturing industry.

On this episode, Ari talks to Jeffrey Mayer, Executive Chairman of Oasis Charger Corporation, which...


Jun 9, 2020

On this episode of the Made in America podcast, Gean Tremaine, President of Q-Tran Inc in Milford, CT, talks to Ari about the value of increasing investment in technology and marketing to stay strong, especially during the Covid-19 crisis.

Gean and Ari also discuss topics like management, recruitment, and peer learning...


Jun 2, 2020

Ari and David Griggs, President and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, have an inspirational conversation about both the current and future 'story of Hartford'. They talk about the MetroHartford Alliance's role in telling that story, retaining current businesses, attracting new businesses, and bringing together...