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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP a Technology Managed Service Provider with offices from Miami to Milwaukee and down the eastern seaboard. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it makes on our economy.


This podcast is brought to you by CompassMSP -

Produced by Miceli Productions -

Nov 26, 2019

Special guests:
Pedro Soto, President of both Hygrade Precision Technologies and the Aerospace Component Manufacturers (ACM) 0:30-13:36

Michael Forrest, VP, Forrest Machine 13:37-22:14

Jeff Whittaker, President, American Cladding Technologies 22:15-27:57

Colin Cooper, Chief Manufacturing Officer, CT DECD 27:58-47:13

Recorded live from the ACM Aerospace Alley Tradeshow, the fantastic guests on this episodes talk about the state of manufacturing in CT today, including the true benefits of an organization like ACM.

They speak about their hopes for the future as they watch over 1500 students talking to over 100 companies and organizations representing the manufacturing industry in CT at the tradeshow.

This episode culminates with a short interview with Colin Cooper, the newly installed Chief Manufacturing Officer for our state. Colin talks about the interconnectedness of the manufacturing industry in CT, the state's focus on Workforce Development, and his optimism for the current administration and his own new role to truly help the manufacturing industry.

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