95 episodes

Each week Ari interviews a thriving manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success. He uncovers each guests' 'manufacturing story' - their path into and through the industry,

Ari digs into successes and best practices of each company and leader, as well as challenges and discoveries, to help listeners and guests learn from each other. Discover the strategies these great leaders have used to start, develop, and grow their business - workforce development, leadership, sales/marketing, investments, technology, mergers, workplace culture and so much more!

Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP a Technology Managed Service Provider with offices throughout the eastern seaboard and into the Midwest. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it makes on our economy.

Do you know someone who would be a great guest or have a topic you'd really like to learn about? Let us know! Reach out to our podcast producer: Sara Duprey, sduprey@compassmsp.com

Made in America with Ari Santiago Ari Santiago

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 32 Ratings

Each week Ari interviews a thriving manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success. He uncovers each guests' 'manufacturing story' - their path into and through the industry,

Ari digs into successes and best practices of each company and leader, as well as challenges and discoveries, to help listeners and guests learn from each other. Discover the strategies these great leaders have used to start, develop, and grow their business - workforce development, leadership, sales/marketing, investments, technology, mergers, workplace culture and so much more!

Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP a Technology Managed Service Provider with offices throughout the eastern seaboard and into the Midwest. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it makes on our economy.

Do you know someone who would be a great guest or have a topic you'd really like to learn about? Let us know! Reach out to our podcast producer: Sara Duprey, sduprey@compassmsp.com

    Using Advanced Technology to Drive CT Manufacturing Forward with Ron Angelo, CCAT

    Using Advanced Technology to Drive CT Manufacturing Forward with Ron Angelo, CCAT

    Our Made in America podcast was on the road at CCAT's Advanced Technology Center for this week's episode! We are so excited to welcome back one of our fan-favorites, Ron Angelo, President and CEO of CCAT.
    Ron talks to Ari about the new and exciting things happening in their new Advanced Technology Center and how manufacturing companies can utilize CCAT's capabilities. He covers the importance of technology adoption, utilizing training programs, and being cyber compliant and model based definition enabled.
    He shares his thoughts on CT's supply chain and discusses how we can truly move it forward with leading age technologies. Ron truly believes that CT has the resources needed to upskill our workforce, build partnerships with colleges and universities, and create a powerful manufacturing innovative ecosystem!
    Ron Angelo, President and CEO, CCAT
    CCAT's Website: https://www.ccat.us/
    CCAT's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ccat/
    CCAT's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CTCenterforAdvancedTech
    Ron's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronangelo/
    Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct
    Company Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/
    Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc
    Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

    • 34 min
    Boosting your Presence in the Market and Manufacturing Industry with Rob Neuner, Boost Oxygen

    Boosting your Presence in the Market and Manufacturing Industry with Rob Neuner, Boost Oxygen

    This Made in America episode is truly a breath of fresh air and highlights the success story of a Shark tank contestant and CEO and Founder of Boost Oxygen, Rob Neuner!
    Rob talks to Ari about becoming a global market leader while staying profitable, focusing on customers and product development, and the importance of a digital pivot during challenging times. Rob details his surreal experience of being on Shark Tank and how they signed a deal with Mr. Wonderful!
    Rob discusses what their transition from contract manufacturing to in-house manufacturing looked like and how they are leveraging their connections across the state. He believes that by utilizing and expanding your manufacturing capabilities, you can create unique products!
    Rob Neuner, CEO and Founder, Boost Oxygen
    Boost Oxygen's Website: https://www.boostoxygen.com/
    Boost Oxygen's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/boostoxygen/
    Boost Oxygen's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoostOxygenUSA
    Boost Oxygen's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUqKf9zxehHEVVkKmhXM4dg
    Rob's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-neuner-3a732a3/
    Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct
    Company Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/
    Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc
    Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

    • 46 min
    Inspiring Engineers to Escape the Ordinary with Boris Levin, Mott Corporation

    Inspiring Engineers to Escape the Ordinary with Boris Levin, Mott Corporation

    This Made in America episode highlights the story of Boris Levin, Chairman and CEO of Mott Corporation, and his gravitation towards manufacturing!
    Boris talks to Ari about the importance of having a strong culture, developing unique products, and getting involved in the manufacturing community. He gives his top 3 tips on how to stay successful in manufacturing and discusses what it means to be an ESOP company.
    Boris enjoys creating a workplace where employees are committed to their mission and core values. He believes that innovation and creativity drives company success and helps them create collaborative solutions with their customers!
    Boris Levin, Chairman, Mott Corporation
    Mott Corporation's Website: https://mottcorp.com/
    Mott Corporation's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mott-corporation/
    Mott Corporation's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MottCorporation
    Mott Corporation's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy7xgNarXFnLf8t2Z0VPb1g
    Boris's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/boris-levin-ab95404/
    Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct
    Company Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/
    Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc
    Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

    • 56 min
    The King of Turnarounds with Richard Rubenstein, Plymouth Spring

    The King of Turnarounds with Richard Rubenstein, Plymouth Spring

    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 businesses and how this skill has helped him run Plymouth Spring.
    Richard believes that in order to be an expert in the industry you should focus on providing excellent customer service and turning opportunities into gold. He loves giving back and enjoys helping the community and his employees!
    Richard Rubenstein, Chairman, Plymouth Spring
    Plymouth Spring's Website: https://www.plymouthspring.com/
    Plymouth Spring's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthSpring
    Plymouth Spring's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qd0cEIqzs7lUahsaKSYCA
    Richard's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-rubenstein-1696601b/
    Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct
    Company Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/
    Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc
    Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

    • 53 min
    The CT Manufacturing Pipeline with Dr. Kelli Vallieres, Office of Workforce Strategy

    The CT Manufacturing Pipeline with Dr. Kelli Vallieres, Office of Workforce Strategy

    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 initiatives geared towards manufacturing and workforce development. She covers topics surrounding organizational culture, building up a manufacturing pipeline program, the importance of data and continuous improvement, and much more!
    She shares her story about working at Sound Manufacturing and how her background encouraged her to make a bigger impact at the state level. She believes in bringing communities together and preparing students for careers in manufacturing and beyond!
    Dr. Kelli Vallieres, Executive Director of the Office of Workforce Strategy
    DECD's Website: https://portal.ct.gov/DECD
    DECD's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ctdecd/
    DECD's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CTDECD
    Kelli's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vallieres-kelli-9959a96/
    Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct
    Company Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/
    Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc
    Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

    • 58 min
    Building a Strong Drone Ecosystem with Barry Alexander, Aquiline Drones

    Building a Strong Drone Ecosystem with Barry Alexander, Aquiline Drones

    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 takes to create an uber-like drone ecosystem. He details how the drone industry has developed over the years and what their training program looks like.
    Barry shares his thoughts on the vibrant supply chain and aviation history right here in CT and how we can continue to successfully build it up. He believes that all CT manufacturing companies have the opportunity to foster a strong workforce with the right mix of support and effort!
    Books discussed in this episode:
    'Guns, Germs, and Steel' by Jared Diamond
    Barry Alexander, CEO and Founder, Aquiline Drones
    Aquiline Drones's Website: https://www.aquilinedrones.com/
    Aquiline Drones's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/aquiline-drones/
    Aquiline Drones's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AquilineDrones
    Aquiline Drones's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoE-8Vd9uogWwSixK3Eo6rg
    Barry's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-alexander-46095657/
    Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct
    Company Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/
    Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/
    Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc
    Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151
    Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/
    Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

bromalines ,

Great Idea!

Appreciate the opportunity to learn about local CT orgs and Ari has an innate ability to facilitate conversations.

Chad ct ,

Entertaining and Intelligent

This has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. Ari has an easy and laid back style and offers valuable data and entertaining stories about CT manufacturing and beyond with each episode. I am thrilled someone has embarked on a podcast like this, one of a kind! Keep up the great work and entertaining guests.

DavidLambe ,

Great Podcast

Everything was spot on! The conversation was engaging and interesting. Even from the technical side, the sound quality and production was great.
Ari has a style that gets your attention and manages to maintain it with comments that keep things moving. The interview sounded like it was his 100th, not his 1st. Check it out!

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