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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. 


This podcast is brought to you by IT Direct -

Produced by Miceli Productions -

Mar 30, 2021

This Made in America episode features Barry Alexander, CEO and Founder of Aquiline Drones, and his exciting story about being a pilot and running a successful drone company!

Barry talks to Ari about the importance of treating drones as aircraft, how to vet the industry before starting an aviation business, and what it...

Mar 23, 2021

This Made in America episode features Kenneth Madsen, President of Dimension-Polyant, and his passion for sailing and manufacturing!

Kenneth talks to Ari about the importance of learning about manufacturing excellence, focusing on environmental impact, and listening to customers. He discusses his journey into...

Mar 16, 2021

This Made in America episode features Philip "PJ" Johns, CEO of Thermaxx Jackets, an engineer at heart with a successful manufacturing and technology story!

PJ talks to Ari about rethinking technology to improve the business, developing an app that benefits customers, and pulling together as a team. He discusses how...

Mar 9, 2021

This Made in America episode features Bill Hazard, President of Novo Precision, and his story of running a business on both sides of the street!

Bill talks to Ari about ramping up their marketing and SEO process, focusing on quality, and investing in people and processes. He discusses the importance of using CT...

Mar 2, 2021

This Made in America episode highlights Brittany Isherwood, President of Burke Aerospace, and her journey as a successful woman in manufacturing!

Brittany talks to Ari about the importance of taking risks in your career and the value of excellent communication, especially during tough times. She discusses her experience...