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This podcast is a great resource for manufacturing leaders in CT to learn from each other. Each week Ari interviews a thriving local manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success.

Learn great tips and best practices as these leaders tell their personal and business stories. Discover the strategies they have used to start, develop, and grow their business - leadership, sales, marketing, investments, spin-offs/mergers, culture and so much more!

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.

Do you know someone who would be a great guest or have a topic you'd really like to learn about? Let us know!
contactus@gettingyouconnected.com

Made in America with Ari Santiago Ari Santiago

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    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

This podcast is a great resource for manufacturing leaders in CT to learn from each other. Each week Ari interviews a thriving local manufacturing leader and discovers the secrets to their success.

Learn great tips and best practices as these leaders tell their personal and business stories. Discover the strategies they have used to start, develop, and grow their business - leadership, sales, marketing, investments, spin-offs/mergers, culture and so much more!

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.

Do you know someone who would be a great guest or have a topic you'd really like to learn about? Let us know!
contactus@gettingyouconnected.com

    Turning your hobby into a business with Clayton Walters, Clayton Off Road

    Turning your hobby into a business with Clayton Walters, Clayton Off Road

    In this episode, learn how Clayton Walters, President of Clayton Off Road, turned his hobby and passion for Jeeps into a business.
    Clayton speaks with Ari about the substantial growth in his business during the pandemic, the impact of digital marketing, and the benefits of building your own machines and robotics.
    Clayton emphasizes the importance of thinking outside of the box and coming up with more efficient ways to do business. He touches on the CT Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program and how it has helped them develop innovative approaches to reducing costs and increasing productivity.
    Clayton Walters, President, Clayton Off-Road
    Clayton Off Road Website: https://www.claytonoffroad.com/
    Clayton Off Road LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/clayton-off-road-inc./about/
    Clayton Off Road Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaytonOffroad
    Clayton Off Road YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ClaytonOffRoad
    Clayton's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clayton-walters-149b8841/
    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/

    • 41 min
    2020 Wrap up and 2021 Kickoff with Ari Santiago

    2020 Wrap up and 2021 Kickoff with Ari Santiago

    Join us for a unique 'home alone' episode of the Made in America podcast with our very own podcast host, Ari Santiago!
    In this 2020 wrap up and 2021 kick-off episode, Ari talks about the successes and challenges of the manufacturing industry during an unprecedented year and the tremendous work of manufacturers in the state.
    Ari reflects on the past year and a half and covers topics related to workforce development, educational opportunities, the importance of getting involved in local manufacturing associations, and investing in marketing, technology, and continuous improvement. There is so much to look forward to!
    As we lean into the new year, it is critical that we work together to make the future of CT manufacturing a successful one. With resilient people in the industry, 2021 will be a year of positivity and growth!
    Ari Santiago, President & CEO, 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/

    • 25 min
    Connecticut's Great Manufacturing Organizations, A highlight episode

    Connecticut's Great Manufacturing Organizations, A highlight episode

    Welcome to a special highlight episode of the Made in America podcast. On this episode Ari has pulled over a dozen clips from podcast guests talking about the great resources in our state.
    We have manufacturing associations and organizations that other states would love to have!
    Hear first from representatives of these organizations, and then from the manufacturing leaders that have gained so much from their work with these groups. Unfortunately, we were not able to highlight every manufacturing group and organization in the state, but we pulled out 6 of the most frequently discussed.
    It is so important to get involved and to learn, share and succeed together! We hope this episode inspires you to take advantage of these incredible opportunities all around you.
    Please share this episode with other manufacturing leaders and get them involved too!

    • 39 min
    Strong Engineering and Compassionate Culture with David Bohn, Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp.

    Strong Engineering and Compassionate Culture with David Bohn, Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp.

    In this episode, David Bohn, President and CEO of Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp., speaks with Ari about his forward thinking approach, how to build an efficient internship program, and what makes a strong engineering team.
    David emphasizes the importance of meeting customer needs by creating quality products. He also focuses on developing a culture full of consideration and giving. He wants employees to be there for one another, think ahead, and understand how individual work can impact those around you.
    Throughout his time at Preferred, David has taken pride in working alongside his children and loves building up his community, both inside and outside of work.
    Book discussed in this podcast:
    Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don't by James C. Collins
    David Bohn, President and CEO, Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp.
    Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp's Website: https://www.preferred-mfg.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAw_H-BRD-ARIsALQE_2OWpb5wM9QAl2K6oRsNZ2zX2k1JfJmtfv_Nb6UiZth3y8QohTl3cnkaAriNEALw_wcB
    Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/preferred-utilities-manufacturing-corporation/
    Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PreferredUtilities
    Preferred Utilities Mfg. Corp's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIAJ3ID913PxJmtRAPOW5IQ
    David's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-bohn/
    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/

    • 57 min
    Leading the way using Kaizen and servant leadership with Doug Folsom, CEO of Whitcraft

    Leading the way using Kaizen and servant leadership with Doug Folsom, CEO of Whitcraft

    In this episode, Doug Folsom, CEO of Whitcraft, speaks with Ari about his passion for manufacturing, how to treat the people around you, and how to build company culture after an acquisition.
    Doug focuses in on the concept of Kaizen; how it removes waste, brings value to an organization, and leads to employment growth. Doug and Ari also talk about CT's incredible talent pipeline and the importance of getting younger generations and more women into the manufacturing industry!
    Throughout his manufacturing career, Doug has been a big proponent of servant leadership. He believes manufacturers should focus on creating future leaders and treating others with respect!
    Books discussed in this podcast:
    The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company by Art Bryne and James P. Womack
    Doug Folsom, CEO, Whitcraft
    Whitcraft's Website: https://www.whitcraftgroup.com/
    Whitcraft's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/whitcraft-group/
    Whitcraft's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Whitcraft-Group-104592086313310
    Doug's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-folsom-7637984/
    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/

    • 55 min
    Developing lifelong customers with Eric Albert, Albert Bros. Inc.

    Developing lifelong customers with Eric Albert, Albert Bros. Inc.

    In this episode, Eric Albert, President of Albert Bros. Inc., speaks with Ari about the importance of safety in the workplace, how to retain your employees, and the value of lifelong customers. Their longest customer has been with them for over 100 years!
    Eric tells Ari all about the history and the many generational transitions that have occurred in this 125 year old company! Safety, community involvement, and exceptional customer service have been at the forefront of the company's goals since 1895!
    The company has changed and developed during the course of its long history, but Eric believes they need to keep up with technology and investments to continue moving forward. This company is doing something incredible for the environment, while providing true value to its customers and the CT manufacturing community!
    Books discussed in this podcast:
    -Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by Bill Taylor
    -Mavericks at Work by Polly G Labarre and William C Taylor
    -In Search of Excellence by Robert H. Waterman Jr. and Tom Peters
    Eric Albert, Albert Bros. Inc.
    Albert Bros. Website: https://albertbros.com/
    Albert Bros. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/albert-bros-inc/
    Albert Bros. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/albertbrothersinc
    Eric's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-albert-8a565b13/
    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/

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 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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