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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

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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

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Great Idea!

By bromalines - Feb 11 2020
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Appreciate the opportunity to learn about local CT orgs and Ari has an innate ability to facilitate conversations.

Entertaining and Intelligent

By Chad ct - Oct 23 2019
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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.

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
21
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1

Great Idea!

By bromalines - Feb 11 2020
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Appreciate the opportunity to learn about local CT orgs and Ari has an innate ability to facilitate conversations.

Entertaining and Intelligent

By Chad ct - Oct 23 2019
Read more
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.
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Made in America with Ari Santiago

Latest release on Oct 20, 2020

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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

Rank #1: Relaunch: Dean Coccaro, Zendex Tool - Learning and growing to improve the family business

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As we begin to return to some (ab)normalcy after Covid-19 entered our lives, the Made in America podcast will be sprinkling in some of the episodes recorded just before the pandemic hit. (We'll still be releasing Covid-19 related episodes too.)

This episode was released right when the craziness began - Dean Cocarro, VP of Operations at Zendex Tool. This was such a terrific episode, we'd hate to have it lost in the shuffle.

Dean talks to Ari about the customer service, marketing, technology, and continuous improvement that goes into their awesome product line. He also talks about how he got into the business in the first place - a great story.

Zendex Tool produces some really great car jacks for professional and home use. Check them out! https://zendextool.com/

Books discussed on the podcast: Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill Toyota Way - Jeffrey K Liker

Dean Coccaro, VP of Operations, Zendex Tool Company Website: https://zendextool.com/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/zendex-tool-corporation/ Company Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/GojakZendexTool/ Dean's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dean-coccaro-06933815/

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 Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

May 26 2020

1hr 8mins

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Rank #2: Ibrahim Ibrahim, Operations Manager, Lynn Welding, Covid-19 Special Edition, Episode 9

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Lynn Welding in Newington CT has an incredible handle on their Covid-19 response. They are doing things for communication, safety, and future planning that we haven't heard anywhere else.

On this episode, Ari talks to Ibrahim Ibrahim, Operations Manager, who has been a central figure in the company's planning, preparation and follow-through. He gives so many great details on what they are doing to keep their essential employees both safe and happy.

Ibrahim talks about at-risk employees that are now working from home and how they continue to be valuable team members by a smart shift in responsibilities. He also talks to Ari about how Lynn Welding is providing more value to their customers at this unstable time.

Ibrahim Ibrahim, Operations Manager, Lynn Welding Company Website: https://lynnwelding.com/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/lynn-welding-co-inc-/ Ibrahim Ibrahim LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ibrahimibrahim91/

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/

May 12 2020

36mins

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Rank #3: Ulbrich Stainless Steel and Special Metals - How to promote a culture of change

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Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals has come a long way from its roots as a scrap metal company, through WWII making mess kit knives, through the 50s manufacturing cutlery for diners, and now creating over 160 metal alloys used in everything from basic consumer goods to cars to hi-tech medical equipment.

In this episode of the Made in America podcast, Ari talks to Chris Ulbrich, CEO of Ulbrich about how creating a culture of change has enabled their success for the last 96 years and well into the future. Chris talks about how they treat their employees, how they find new business and the challenges of building a family business.

Additionally, Chris touches on the concept of Conscious Capitalism, community engagement and the benefit of learning from others.

This is a great episode with the long-standing leader of a truly successful CT company.

Chris Ulbrich, CEO, Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals

Company Website: https://www.ulbrich.com/

Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ulbrich-stainless-steels-&-special-metals/

Chris Ulbrich's email: steelguy@ulbrich.com

Chris Ulbrich's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-ulbrich-66a21b11/

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

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Book discussed in this episode:

Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Follow the podcast on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast/

Jan 14 2020

58mins

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Rank #4: Cyndi Zoldy - SMA and Women in Manufacturing CT - Meeting the Needs of CT Manufacturing Communities

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Cyndi Zoldy, Executive Director of the SMA and Chairwoman of Women in Manufacturing CT, believes the role of CT's manufacturing organizations is to prepare their members for the future of manufacturing. Everything she does in her two leadership roles contributes to this idea.

She plans important programming that touches topics many others aren't covering. She gets deeply involved in legislation, working with lobbyists for the needs of the manufacturing community. But, overwhelmingly, she spends her time promoting workforce development initiatives.

In her role as Chairwoman of Women in Manufacturing CT, Cyndi aims to not only get more women interested and involved in manufacturing, but creates a community for women already working in the industry to learn from and support each other.

Cyndi Zoldy - ED of the SMA and Chairwoman of Women in Manufacturing CT Small Manufacturers Association (SMA): http://sma-ct.com/ Women in Manufacturing (WiM) National: https://www.womeninmanufacturing.org/ Women in Manufacturing CT: https://www.womeninmanufacturing.org/connecticut Cyndi's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cyndi-zoldy-218a145b/

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 Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Follow the podcast on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast/

Feb 25 2020

55mins

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Rank #5: Jill Mayer, CEO, Bead Industries, Covid-19 Special Edition, Episode 10

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Jill Mayer, CEO of Bead Industries talks to Ari about how they are using this slower time to prepare for the future. From implementing new organizational procedures to investing in equipment and automation, Bead plans to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic in a better and stronger position.

In this episode, Jill and Ari talk about how Bead has maintained strong communication no matter where their workers are. They discussed the benefits of the PPP funds and how Bead Industries will use them as a cushion to protect their workers and move the business forward.

Finally, as the VP of the NHMA and a member of the Connecticut Manufacturing Collaborative, Jill talks about how these organizations have been working hard to support and bring together their communities.

Jill Mayer, CEO, Bead Industries Company Website: https://beadindustries.com/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bead-industries-inc-/ Jill Mayer LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbmayer/

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/

May 19 2020

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Rank #6: Stanley Black and Decker - Building an Advanced Manufacturing Epicenter in Hartford

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This is an inspiring podcast episode that you don't want to miss! On this episode of the Made in America podcast, we've got Marty Guay, Vice President of Business Development at Stanley Black & Decker.

Marty talks about Stanley's vision of Hartford as a world epicenter of advanced manufacturing. Stanley's Manufactory 4.0 recently opened in Hartford is meant to be a hub of manufacturing technology innovation - Industry 4.0 - as well as the location of their Techstars startup accelerator.

Marty and Ari discuss the incredible manufacturing history in Hartford, coming together as a manufacturing community, and the goals Stanley has to help improve workforce development for all manufacturers in the area.

If you want to be inspired by the outlook of manufacturing in CT, definitely listen to/watch this episode!

Marty Guay: Stanley Black and Decker

Marty's email: martin.guay@sbdinc.com

Manufactory 4.0 website: https://www.stanleyblackanddecker.com/manufactory

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct

Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

#CTManufacturing #AdvancedManufacturing #StanleyBlackandDecker #metrohartford #MedicalDeviceManufacturing #AerospaceManufacturing #Manufacturing #customerdriveninnovation #problemsolving #MadeInCT #CTBusinesses #CTBusinessOwner #Leadership #GrowingTogether #LeanManufacturing #ITDirect #WorkforceDevelopment #podcast #ctcomeback

Sep 03 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #7: Okay Industries - It's All About the Customer Relationship

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You're going to learn a lot from this incredible interview! This episode's guest, Jason Howey, CEO of  Okay Industries, explains how everything they do is really focused on the relationship with their customers. He describes the "Okay Way", a set of pillars that help define the values, behavior, mission and vision of Okay industries. This approach to workplace culture, as well as building a "blameless culture" permeates every action and decision.

In addition, Jason and Ari discuss research and development, company expansion, the modern manufacturing environment, customer driven innovation, and the need for a global presence.

Subscribe to listen to every episode!

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OKAY Industries:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/okay-industries/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okayindustries/ Website: https://www.okayind.com/

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct: www.gettingyouconnected.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: www.miceliproductions.com

#CTManufacturing #AerospaceManufacturing  #MedicalDeviceManufacturing #MadeInCT #CTBusinesses #WorkplaceCulture  #BusinessGrowth #CTBusinessOwner #Leadership #SmallBusinessTips #GrowingTogether #LeanManufacturing #ITDirect #WorkforceDevelopment #recruitment #retention

Aug 13 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: Colin Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer - Finding Solutions to CT Manufacturing's Biggest Issues

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Colin Cooper is the state's first Chief Manufacturing Officer, an exciting position with a ton of potential value for the manufacturing community in CT. Colin's experience, background and clear passion for manufacturing makes him the perfect person for the role. Not only that, but he truly understands the concept: 'if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem'!

In this episode, Colin and Ari first talk about stories and lessons learned from Colin's days running the Whitcraft Group. Then they delve into the challenges he faces in his CMO role and the solutions he is working to bring to the table.

This is an episode every manufacturing leader should see/listen to!

Colin Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Department of Economic and Community Development Colin's email: Colin.Cooper@ct.gov

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 Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Book discussed in this episode: Lean Thinking, James P Womack and Daniel T. Jones

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Follow the podcast on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast/

Feb 04 2020

1hr 19mins

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Rank #9: Phoenix Manufacturing - The importance of working together as a company and a community

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This incredible interview covers so much manufacturing ground! Glenn Ford, President of Phoenix Manufacturing has an incredible background in and knowledge of the aerospace industry. Ari and Glenn talk about the history of precision machining, the capabilities of CT's aerospace valley, and the importance of globalization to small aerospace. Then they move on to ways to improve your company, from uncovering your core values, to developing company culture, to recruiting and training talent.

Ari and Glenn have an in-depth discussion on the state of the manufacturing community in CT and the importance of bringing all constituents together to do incredible things. They discuss some of the great things happening to improve workforce development, as well as some ideas that may further the cause.  

A great episode with an energetic and positive guest! Glenn Ford is a powerhouse in the industry who is helping to drive CT manufacturing forward!

Glenn Ford, Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc.

Website: https://wnpinc.com/

Email: gford@phoenixmfg.biz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glenn-ford-8242489/

Phone: (860) 745-2080

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct

Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Oct 08 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #10: Frank DiCristina, allnex-Wallingford - Being Responsible to the Environment, Community, and Bottom Line

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In a field that has historically had extensive environmental impact, the work that allnex-Wallingford has done to both clean up their processes and to change the perceptions of their community, has been incredible!

In this episode, Frank DiCristina, Site Manager of allnex-Wallingford talks to Ari about automation, data analytics and continuous improvement. Then they go deep into the environmental systems, processes, and updates at the facility, as well as the company's plans for future environmental improvements.

Such a terrific episode, with a great manufacturing leader!

Book discussed on the podcast: Who move my cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Frank DiCristina, Site Manager, allnex-Wallingford Company Website: https://www.allnex.com/en/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/allnex/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allnexresins/ Frank's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankgdicristina/

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 Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Follow the podcast on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast/

Mar 03 2020

59mins

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Rank #11: Westminster Tool: We grow people! (And by the way, we make stuff too)

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This is why we started the Made in America podcast…episodes like this that provide incredible value to anyone who listens!

Westminster Tool has quickly become known throughout CT for their incredibly forward thinking solution to workforce development and business in general: focus on growing your people and the rest will take care of itself!

Ray Coombs, President of Westminster Tool, describes how this change started, what they've done, the investments they've made, and how it has made and continues to make them a stronger company.

Ray and Ari discuss every aspect of Westminster's employee growth strategy: emotional intelligence, culture, core values, Westminster Academy, individual growth plans and more. Learn about Westminster Tool's improvement teams and how the entire company spends 45 minutes every day working on the business.

In between these nuggets of gold, Ray tells personal stories he calls "electric fence" moments - moments that change the way you think about things forever.

This episode makes you laugh and cry - move over Oprah - Ari's on fire with this great episode!

Ray Coombs, Westminster Tool Website: https://www.westminstertool.com/ Email: rcoombs@westminstertool.com; To find out more about Westminster: kcarbone@westminstertool.com Phone: (860) 564-6966 Great video about Westminster done by Modern Machine Shop magazine: https://youtu.be/AZHNCRk21Z0

Ari Santiago: Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/ Ari's email: asantiago@gettingyouconnected.com

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Books discussed on this podcast: Shift your Brilliance, Simon Bailey What got you here won't get you there, Marshall Goldsmith

Oct 22 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #12: CT Manufacturing's Hottest Topic - Workforce Development

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On this week's episode of the Made in America podcast, we are focusing on an important theme we've talked about with so many of our guests: Workforce Development. Each of our guests has had a different and unique take on how they find, recruit, and build manufacturing talent. Our guests talked about what they do in their own company, how they work within the community, programs they've worked with or created, and so much more.

This episode pulls together the best of the best advice from some of the industry leaders we've had on the podcast. It truly hits CT manufacturing's hottest topic! Even if you've heard some of the podcasts these segments come from, you're going to pull something new and valuable from this focused highlights episode. 

Special guests:

Paul Lavoie, General Manager, Carey Manufacturing

Jason Howey, President and CEO, Okay Industries

Marty Guay, VP of Business Development, Stanley Black and Decker

Glenn Ford, President, Phoenix Manufacturing

Lynda Prigodich, CEO, Atlas Stamping and Manufacturing

Chris Jewell, CFO and Principal, Collins & Jewell

Jamie Scott, ED NHMA and VP Air Handling Systems

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

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Dec 31 2019

39mins

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Rank #13: The Lee Company - How to Stay Agile for Growth and Success

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The Lee Company in Westbrook, CT has had incredible growth and success over the years. In this episode Marietta Lee, VP and Corporate Secretary, talks about her bumpy road to the family business and the value of starting from the bottom. Ari and Marietta discuss the importance of appreciating and investing in your employees to build a solid company culture.

This episode has incredible advice on how to manage a family business in a way that enables growth and prosperity. They also talk about The Lee Company's ability to stay nimble over the years. With so many family owned manufacturers  in CT, there is tons to learn from Marietta Lee on how to manage transitions, how to factor in family dynamics, and how important it is for employees to believe the family has their best interests at heart.

Ari and Marietta also touch on recruitment, retention, employee training, the role of risk in business growth, and the importance of giving back to your community.

This is a great episode with a great manufacturing leader!

Marietta Lee, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, The Lee Company

Company Website: https://www.theleeco.com/

Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-lee-company/

Marietta Lee LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marietta-lee-17729410a/

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

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Book discussed in this episode: Who Moved my Cheese, Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Follow the podcast on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast/

Dec 17 2019

46mins

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Rank #14: MW Industries/Economy Spring - When Passion Meets Private Equity

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Most of our guests to-date have been from small to mid-sized manufacturing companies that are family or local owned. But, what happens to a family business when it can no longer stay "in the family". David Philbrick from MW Industries/Economy Spring discovered first-hand and tells the tale! This is a great success story about family, culture, growth, and investments. It's a different story than most, but then again, so is Dave's story!

Dave Philbrick started in Manufacturing completely by accident. He shares his fun story and how it was the catalyst for a fantastic career in and a lifelong passion for manufacturing.

Join Ari and Dave as they cover the importance of doing what you love, mentoring, and being part of your community. 

David Philbrick, Tech Sales Business Development, MW Industries/Economy Spring:

Dave's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-philbrick-2ba9a312/

Dave's email: dphilbrick@mw-ind.com

MW Industries LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mw-industries-inc-/

MW Industries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MWIndustries/

MW Industries/Economy Spring & Stamping website: https://www.mw-ind.com/brands/economy-spring

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct

Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Follow the podcast on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast/

Books mentioned during this podcast:

The Power of Moments, Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Nov 12 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #15: Willington Nameplate - Reframe your External Branding/Redefine Your Internal Mindset

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Willington Nameplate has done incredible work changing with the times to keep their business in the forefront of manufacturing. In this episode, Brett Greene, President of Willington Nameplate, talks to Ari about their successful efforts to rebrand the company and modernize its marketing. They also discuss the company's search for continuous growth in areas like recruitment, employee growth, and  communication.   

Brett discusses his own unique career development and how he began to focus on working with people. His goal for the company is to all move in one direction, learn from each other, and keep growing.

A thread that is unique to this podcast is Ari and Brett's discussion about company acquisitions. Brett talks about Willington Nameplate's strategic approach, what each acquisition has brought to the company, and what they are looking for in the future.

Brett Greene: Willington Nameplate Website: https://wnpinc.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brett-greene-0903849/ Phone: 877-967-4743

Ari Santiago: Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Oct 01 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #16: Jonal Laboratories: The Value of Ignoring ROI and Focusing on the Customer

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What's a "Marc-ism"? On this episode of the Made in America podcast, Ari talks to Marc Nemeth, President of Jonal Laboratories and we get a glimpse into his list of "Marc-isms" - fantastic sayings and euphemisms that he uses regularly to guide his business!

With years of manufacturing experience in his 2nd generation family business, Marc has an incredible depth of knowledge in working with OEMS, adopting his customers problems, making big decisions, and staying in front of the wave. But there was one idea Marc and Ari kept returning to that was the key lesson - the importance and ability to ignore 'the numbers' (whether that's ROI or bottom line) if what you're doing is right for the customer and right for the future of the company.  

Ari and Marc also discuss the specifics of building your footprint before you need it, developing business relationships, hiring the right people and helping out in the community.

Marc Nemeth, Jonal Laboratories

Website: https://www.jonal.com/

Email: mnemeth@jonal.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-nemeth-b9b8335/

Jonal Laboratories phone: (203) 634-4444

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct

Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Books discussed on this podcast: 

Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Nov 05 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #17: Air Handling Systems/NHMA - Learning from each other is the key to growth

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There is not much we don't cover in this interview with Jamison Scott, VP of Air Handling Systems and Executive Director of the New Haven Manufacturer's Association.

Jamie talks about Air Handling Systems as a family business - where they came from and where they're going. He talks about some of the great things they've done with their technology and marketing, the importance they place on customer service, and how they retain a younger workforce.

Jamie has so much respect and belief in the incredible value of trade organizations that he even became the Executive Director of the New Haven Manufacturer's Association! Jamie walks us through the role of the NHMA in the CT manufacturing community and his passion for working together to solve some of the biggest problems facing it.      

Jamison Scott, Air Handling Systems

Air Handling Systems Website: https://airhand.com/

Email: jscott@airhand.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamison-scott-5bab2a2/

Phone: 203.389.9595

New Haven Manufacturer's Association: https://www.newhavenmanufacturers.com/

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct

Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Oct 15 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #18: Live from the ACM Aerospace Alley Tradeshow - part 2

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Special guests:Michael Polo, President, ACMT, 00:30Albert Pucino, Director of Incumbent Training, Goodwin College 12:09Brian Montanari, President and CEO, HABCO Industries, 18:11Jacqueline Gallo, General Manager, Whitcraft Group, 25:43Sal Menzo, Superintendent, Wallingford Schools, 40:30

This is our second of three episodes created from live recordings at the ACM Aerospace Alley Tradeshow. This episode has a fascinating mix of manufacturers sharing their stories and educators who focus on workforce development. Each manufacturer shares how they are working with their local municipalities to promote manufacturing as a great career option. Each educator shares how they ar expanding the programs in the state to promote workforce development and incumbent worker training for development of the manufacturing workforce.

The guests each have their own unique stories and have some uplifting views on the state of manufacturing in Connecticut!

Ari Santiago:Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT DirectWebsite: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

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Dec 03 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #19: Carey Manufacturing: How Reshoring Provides Tremendous Value to your Customers

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On this podcast, Ari's guest is Paul Lavoie from Carey Manufacturing. Ari and Paul talk about so many topics including: 

  • Paul's incredible journey to manufacturing
  • Reshoring from China
  • Manufacturer's recruitment secrets
  • Growth in the "Amazon era" 
  • And so much more!

You can watch this podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itdirect151/

Follow the podcast on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MadeinAmericaPodcast/

Carey Manufacturing:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/carey-manufacturing-inc-/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CareyManufacturing/

Website:  https://www.careymfg.com/

Paul's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulslavoie/

Ari Santiago:

Ari Santiago is the President and CEO of IT Direct: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc

Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

#CTManufacturing #AerospaceManufacturing #reshoring #MedicalDeviceManufacturing #tariffs #MadeInCT #CTBusinesses #WorkplaceCulture #reshore #CTBusinessOwner #Leadership #SmallBusinessTips #GrowingTogether #LeanManufacturing #WomenInManufacturing #WiM #ITDirect #WorkforceDevelopment

Aug 06 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #20: Department of Economic and Community Development - Working for CT Businesses

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David Lehman, Commissioner of the DECD, is a dedicated public official working to create the best potential business atmosphere in CT. He not only understands the challenges, but believes in the possibilities!

Commissioner Lehman shared with Ari his background in the private sector and discussed why that enables him to lead the DECD with a clear understanding of business needs. He also talked about the importance of the main pillars for growth: Transportation, Workforce/Education, Fiscal Stability, and a Focus on Cities.

Commissioner Lehman spoke with enthusiasm about the new Chief Manufacturing Officer position, the man chosen to fill the position, Colin Cooper, and the important goals for the job.

Agree or disagree with politics in our state at the moment, you can't help but note that Commissioner Lehman is intelligent, focused, dedicated, and a strong advocate for business. David Lehman, Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development Email: David.Lehman@ct.gov

Ari Santiago: Ari Santiago is the President/CEO of IT Direct Website: https://www.gettingyouconnected.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itdtech/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/it-direct-llc Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Book discussed in this episode: When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management, Roger Lowenstein

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Dec 10 2019

52mins

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Meredith Shay, InCord - Love the workplace and the workers before the work

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Meredith Shay, CEO at InCord, talks to Ari about building a compassionate culture, creating a platform where people can be heard, and maintaining employee accountability. They also discuss the importance of a proper succession plan in a family business.

Meredith describes her InCord journey, how she gained respect from the team, and how critical it is to learn from your mistakes.

Meredith is excited about the manufacturing industry and brings that passion to her involvement with the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA).

Meredith Shay, CEO, InCord, Company Website: https://incord.com/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/incordnetting Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/incord/ Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/incordnetting Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/incord/?hl=en Meredith's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meredith-shay-8124a04b/

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/

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Oct 20 2020

1hr 3mins

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Pedro Soto, Hygrade Precision Technologies - Good coffee and strong execution are pivotal to success

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Pedro Soto, President and CEO at Hygrade Precision Technologies, talks to Ari about making decisions, developing strategies, and executing with perfection

Pedro and Ari discuss the importance of personal touches like benefits, health care and even good coffee. They also talk about understanding the voice of the customer, building a meaningful career without college debt, and learning through listening.

Pedro is passionate about manufacturing and wants others to understand the incredible careers available in the industry! He hopes the supply chain continues to work on developing a diverse workforce in an accepting and effective way.

Books discussed in this podcast: Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, John Warrillow Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business, Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters

Pedro Soto, President and CEO, Hygrade Precision Technologies, Company Website: https://hygrade.com/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hygrade-Precision-Technologies-Inc-1580009725615819 Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hygrade-precision-technologies-inc-/ Pedro's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pedro-soto-000aa6/

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/

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Oct 13 2020

1hr 11mins

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Karen McWhirt, Prospect Machine Products - How to succeed in making real change

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Karen McWhirt, President at Prospect Machine Products, talks to Ari about implementing lean and making those changes stick!

Karen and Ari talk about the benefits of getting help from CONNSTEP and how these programs changed many of Prospect Machine's practices. She shares how to break down communication barriers within a company, leverage technology in sales and marketing, and succeed in making real change.

Karen has an incredible "we can do it" mindset and believes her team can overcome challenges together when they communicate, listen, and share both their challenges and successes.

Karen McWhirt, President, Prospect Machine Products, Company Website: https://pmpdeepdraw.com/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Prospect-Machine-Products-623124241070185 Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/prospect-machine-products-inc-/ Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PMPDeepdraw Karen's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-mcwhirt-417b6aa3/

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/

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Oct 06 2020

51mins

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Melissa Biggs, DNB Lobby - How to Engage with Legislature for Real Impact

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Melissa Biggs, Partner at DNB Lobby, shares her experience as a lobbyist for the manufacturing industry and specifically with the Connecticut Manufacturers Collaborative (CMC).

In this episode, she discusses great ideas on how to engage with legislators and build powerful relationships over time. She encourages manufacturers to get involved in the legislative process and make their voices heard in order to drive real impact.

Melissa is hopeful that the legislative successes she's had while working with the CMC will encourage others that real change is possible if you take a little time to be part of the process.

Melissa Biggs, Partner, DNB Lobby, Company Website: https://dnblobby.com/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DNBlobby Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/depino-nu%C3%B1ez-biggs-llc/ Melissa's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissabiggs/ DNB Lobby phone: 203.466.5188

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/

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Sep 29 2020

48mins

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Nancy Traver, Traver IDC - A Winding Road to a Great Manufacturing Career

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Nancy Traver, Industry Specialist at Traver IDC, highlights her experience growing up in a family business and the passion she has endured along the way. Nancy shares thoughts on the value of the organization, women in manufacturing, operating under a decision tree, and her involvement in Smaller Manufacturers Association of CT.

She is super excited to share her family story and believes that it has played a key role in her growth as a woman in the industry. Despite a winding career path, she was drawn right back to Traver IDC and has been there since.

Nancy speaks to Ari about her love and motivation for tackling challenges, providing educational support for students, and the opportunity to make connections during difficult times. She is all about learning, growing, and making an impact on the manufacturing community in CT.

Nancy Traver, Industry Specialist, Traver IDC, Company Website: https://www.traveridc.com/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traveridc Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/traver-idc/ Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traveridc/?hl=en Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQFWERltGI3I2iPrWeDKN2A Nancy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-traver-2675521b5/

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/

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Sep 22 2020

43mins

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Tom Matulaniec, TOMZ Corporation, Innovation at Triple Speed!

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Tom Matulaniec, Owner and President of TOMZ Corporation, highlights how important it is to get ahead of the curve through innovation. His ideas on reinvigorating an older workforce and using social media to strengthen the business are terrific!

Tom clearly appreciates growing up in a manufacturing family and believes that it has enabled him to be a passionate and open-minded individual within the company.

Tom and Ari discuss topics related to mentorship, establishing a workforce training school, and overcoming workforce challenges. Tom also mentions how to leverage the use of technology and be efficient when shifting common machine processes.

Tom Matulaniec, Owner and President, TOMZ Corporation, Company Website: https://tomz.com/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TOMZCorp/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tomz-corporation/ Company Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomzcorp/?hl=en Company YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcIIkW2P1RXjcMxDUpoKtSw Tom's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-matulaniec-72a38867/

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/

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Sep 15 2020

56mins

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George Giering, Giering Metal Finishing Inc, Taking risks to grow and develop

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George Giering, President of Giering Metal Finishing Inc, understands the value of taking risks in order to maintain the success and growth of his company. He touts having family support and a great mentor as keys to helping him navigate the ebbs and flows of the business.

Ari and George also talk about sales processes, learning to run a business, being a good leader, industry diversification and so much more!

George Giering, President Giering Metal Finishing Inc, Giering Metal Finishing Website: https://gieringmetalfinishing.com/ Giering phone number: (203) 248-5583 George's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-giering-5920332/

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/

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Sep 08 2020

51mins

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Rina Patel, RSCC Wire and Cable - Connecting culture, employee engagement, and leadership

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Rina Patel, VP of Operations at RSCC Wire and Cable, has had a phenomenal manufacturing career with some top companies. This welcoming and engaging manufacturing leader attributes her success to her family, her personal growth, and her leadership style.

Rina talks to Ari about engaging the workforce, listening to employees and following-through on their input. They also talk about the many benefits and uses of i4.0 in manufacturing and how Rina and her teams have put improvements in place while managing ROI. Rina Patel, VP of Operations, RSCC Wire and Cable RSCC Website: http://www.r-scc.com/ RSCC LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rscc-wire-&-cable/ Rina LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rinapatel1/

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/

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Sep 01 2020

47mins

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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification - What you need to know with Sammy De La O, IT Direct

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Sharing best practices is one of the main goals of the Made in America podcast and right now CMMC compliance is top of the list for so many of our CT manufacturers in the Department of Defense supply chain.

Today's episode is a spin into the tactical with Sammy De La O, IT Direct's Director of Quality and Compliance. Sammy has an incredible knack for taking very technical information and making it clear, concise, interesting, and even fun! Even if you're not in that supply chain, cybersecurity is a massive concern for the industry…we have seen companies big and small ravaged by cyber-breaches that could have either been avoided or contained with best practice cybersecurity protocols like those in the CMMC.

As cybersecurity risks continue to grow, a CMMC certification shows employees, customers and potential customers that you are serious about the safety of their personal and industrial information.

Today's Guest: Sammy De La O, IT Direct's Director of Quality and Compliance Sammy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sammy-de-la-o-b0543462/

Ari Santiago, President/CEO/Founder, IT Direct Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

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

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

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Aug 25 2020

39mins

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Chris DiPentima, CBIA - Collaboration is the Game Changer

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As the incoming President & CEO of the CBIA, the largest business association in the state, in the middle of a major economic shift, during a worldwide pandemic, Chris DiPentima has his hands full. But, you wouldn't know it from the positivity that Chris radiates as he speaks about the CBIA and the CT economy as a whole.

Chris is no 'Pollyanna' - he knows what he's up against, but he also knows he's got a fantastic team to worth with, historical reference to learn from, and strong CT businesses with which to collaborate for the benefit of the state as a whole.

Chris has learned a ton from former CBIA leader and Made in America podcast guest, Joe Brennan, and has a terrific understanding of where he can bring the most value to the organization and the state.

Chris DiPentima, President & CEO, Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) CBIA Website: https://www.cbia.com/ CBIA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cbia/ CBIA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CBIAvideos CBIA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CBIAfb/ CBIA Twitter handle: cbianews Chris's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisdipentima/

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/

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Aug 18 2020

45mins

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Sean O'Brien, Precision Metal Products, Inc - Having Respect for Each Role in the Company

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Sean O'Brien is Vice President and the second generation in his family's Milford-based manufacturing company that supplies high precision machining components to diverse set of industries including medical, microelectronics, defense, and commercial.

Sean talks to Ari about how starting at the bottom gave him a well-rounded view of the business and an appreciation for every single employee. They discuss PMP's lean journey and its effect on the company culture.

Together Sean and Ari delve into diversification, sales practices, technology and so much more. Ari asks Sean about what he's like to see change in the CT landscape that could really help manufacturers across the state. Books mentioned on today's podcast: Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate Muda, John Shook and Mike Rother

Sean O'Brien, VP, Precision Metal Products Company Website: https://www.pmpinc.biz/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/precision-metal-products/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pmpincbiz Sean's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-o-brien-00a04720/

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/

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Aug 11 2020

44mins

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Jill Mayer, Bead Industries - Empowering your People

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Please note that this episode was recorded pre-COVID 19.

Jill Mayer, CEO, is bringing Bead Industries, a 90 year old company in Milford CT, to new heights. They are updating their marketing, technology, and management systems to empower their people, encourage a younger workforce, and take their company into the future.

In this episode, Jill tells wonderful stories about the history of her family and the company and how they intertwine. She talks about her start in the manufacturing industry, her move into the CEO role, and how she views herself as the company visionary, rather than the integrator.

Jill discusses her passion of being a servant-leader and teaching her team that everyone makes an impact. Jill Mayer, CEO, Bead Industries Company Website: https://beadindustries.com/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bead-industries-inc-/ Jill Mayer LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jbmayer/

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/

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Aug 04 2020

1hr 15mins

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Marcy Minnick, Excello Tool - On Artistry and Passion in Manufacturing

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Marcy Minnick is the 3rd generation running Excello Tool Engineering & Manufacturing, Co in Milford, CT. On today's podcast, Marcy and Ari discuss the background and history of Excello Tool. Marcy proudly touts the incredible artistry of her team and gives them credit not only for the success, but the actual existence of the company. Marcy talks to Ari about coming into the company with a business, rather than manufacturing, background and what she did to garner the respect of her team. Together Ari and Marcy discussed the power of asking for help, the importance of hiring the right experts and the need to maintain flexible at this time to meet a higher customer demand. Ari and Marcy also delved into the value of joining one of CT's manufacturing associations and what it's like to be a woman in today's manufacturing industry.

Marcy Minnick, CEO, Excello Tool Company Website: http://www.excellotool.com/ Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excello-Tool-Engineering-and-Manufacturing-172670076153941/

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 Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

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Jul 28 2020

40mins

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Brian Montanari, HABCO Industries - Using Lean Principles to Stay Strong Through the Pandemic

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HABCO Industries has been at the forefront of Covid response in so many ways throughout the pandemic. Brian Montanari, President and CEO, shares some of the great things they've done both inside his company and in cooperating with the whole CT manufacturing industry during this time.

Brian talks about the Covid testing process he developed for his employees (and shared with many other companies), the new air cleansing technology he will be implementing, and the communication that has been key to sharing what he's doing both internally and externally.

Brian also talks about how Lean principles have been guiding every decision along the way to help the company stay strong and productive.

Brian Montanari, President & CEO, HABCO Industries Company Website: https://habco.biz/ Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/habco-industries-llc/ Brian's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-montanari-835562

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 Ari's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asantiago104/

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

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Jul 21 2020

53mins

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Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO, CONNSTEP - Helping Manufacturers Improve their Business and Processes

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CONNSTEP has been mentioned many times throughout the history of this podcast by manufacturing leaders who have benefitted from their fantastic services. Today, Ari is joined by Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO of CONNSTEP to discuss how CONNSTEP is meeting the needs of manufacturers a little differently at this time of uncertainty.

Of course, they discuss the many incredible services CONNSTEP regularly offers, like continuous improvement advising, plant design, business growth services, quality management, etc. They also talk about CONNSTEP's work with the CBIA to directly improve the development and availability of PPE across the state. They also talk about manufacturer's biggest concerns right now and suggestions on how to address them. Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO, CONNSTEP CONNSTEP Website: https://www.connstep.org/ CONNSTEP LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/connstep/ CONNSTEP YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/CONNSTEPMEP CONNSTEP Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConnstepInc/ CONNSTEP Twitter handle: connstep Bonnie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonnie-delconte-cpa-85b7a816/

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/

Jul 14 2020

39mins

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David Rothberg, Laticrete International - How to Survive and Prosper as an International Family Business

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David Rothberg, Chairman and CEO of Laticrete International, is full of great stories from his family business. From its beginning days in the 1950s in his parents' basement to working with the next generation, ensuring it stays as an "evergreen" company, David clearly enjoys the company history and is excited about its future.

Ari and David discuss many parts of the business in this fun episode. David talks about changes to the company structure throughout the years, the Rothberg management style, and how Covid-19 has affected the business. They also touch on company culture and the importance of maintaining those close customer relationships.

Stay on to the end to find out on which 5 continents David has traveled to the highest peak! David Rothberg, CEO and Chairman, Laticrete International Laticrete Website: https://laticrete.com/ Laticrete LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/laticrete-international/ Laticrete YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/laticrete Laticrete Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LATICRETE/ Laticrete Twitter handle: laticrete Laticrete instagram handle: laticrete David Rothberg's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-rothberg-b466b76/

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/

Jul 07 2020

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Joe Brennan, CBIA - CBIA has been Serving CT Manufacturing Businesses (and more) since 1815

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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 history of the organization, their present accomplishments, and what he sees for the future.

This episode is fascinating! Joe and Ari talk about the CBIA's role during the different stages of the pandemic, the creation and accomplishments of the Connecticut Manufacturer's Collaborative, and the incoming President & CEO, Chris DiPentima. Joe Brennan, President & CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association CBIA Website: https://www.cbia.com/ CBIA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cbia/ CBIA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CBIAvideos CBIA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CBIAfb/ CBIA Twitter handle: cbianews Joe Brennan's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-brennan-74815811/

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/

Books mentioned on this podcast: Brave New Work, Aaron Dignan The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson

Podcast produced by Miceli Productions: https://miceliproductions.com/

Jun 30 2020

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut - Encouraging Manufacturing in CT and the US

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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   • Bringing the defense supply chain back to the U.S.   • 'Buying American' and the role of both administration and legislation   • Trade wars and tariffs - working to stabilize the current state of trade uncertainty   • How the federal government can help to encourage U.S. manufacturing And so much more!

Truly a great interview - make sure you stay to the end to hear the Senator's answers to Ari's rapid-fire round of questions!

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut Senator Murphy's Website: https://www.murphy.senate.gov/ Senator Murphy's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SenChrisMurphy Senator Murphy's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/senchrismurphy/ Senator Murphy's Instagram handle: senchrismurphy Senator Murphy's Twitter handle: senmurphyoffice

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/

Jun 23 2020

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Jeffrey Mayer, Executive Chairman, Oasis Charger/JuiceBar EV, Covid-19 Special Edition, Episode 13

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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 runs JuiceBar EV, premium electric vehicle charging stations. Jeffrey talks to Ari about the benefits of sourcing parts locally as well as the strength of the manufacturing industry in the region.

There's so much to learn from in this terrific episode!

Jeffrey Mayer, Executive Chairman, Oasis Charger/JuiceBar EV JuiceBar EV Website: https://www.juicebarev.com/ JuiceBar EV LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/juicebar/ JuiceBar EV YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JuiceBarEV JuiceBar EV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarageJuiceBar JuiceBar EV Instagram handle: juicebarev JuiceBar EV Twitter handle: JuiceBarEV Jeffrey Mayer's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-mayer-6921b7a/

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/

Jun 16 2020

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Gean Tremaine, President, Q-Tran, Inc., Covid-19 Special Edition, Episode 12

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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 during this challenging period.

Gean Tremaine, President, Q-Tran, Inc. Q-Tran's Website: https://www.q-tran.com/ Q-Tran's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/q-tran-inc/ Q-Tran's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtdae5FdVNaIqzMYwIqD09g Gean's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gean-tremaine-334b441/

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/

Jun 09 2020

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Great Idea!

By bromalines - Feb 11 2020
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Appreciate the opportunity to learn about local CT orgs and Ari has an innate ability to facilitate conversations.

Entertaining and Intelligent

By Chad ct - Oct 23 2019
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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.