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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 -

Apr 13, 2021

This Made in America episode follows the life journey of Richard Rubenstein, Chairman of Plymouth Spring!

Richard talks to Ari about the importance of work-life balance, knowing your business and industry, and how entrepreneurs can get their business started. He shares his experiences of turning around failing...

Apr 6, 2021

We are so excited to welcome such a strong workforce leader, Dr. Kelli Vallieres, onto this week's Made in America episode! She serves as the Executive Director of CT's Office of Workforce Strategy.

Kelli talks to Ari about some exciting updates happening within the Office Workforce Strategy, specifically the...