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Ari Santiago

Ari Santiago

Ari Santiago is the founder, CEO, and President of IT Direct, a Hartford-based technology services firm that helps businesses harness the power of technology to achieve their business goals. Ari also hosts the podcast, ‘Made in America with Ari Santiago’ which focuses on promoting the manufacturing industry, sharing best practices of industry leaders, and spreading the positive news from manufacturing policymakers.

Ari is an advocate for and speaker on technology and business strategy, as well as a relentless advocate for positive engagement in the Connecticut business landscape. He has been awarded the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award and a current or previous board and committee member for local, national and international organizations such as the Entrepreneur’s Organization, Connecticut Technology Council, Senator Chris Murphy’s Manufacturing and Aerospace in Connecticut Advisory Council, the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, Access Hartford, and Jewish Family Services.   

Under Ari’s leadership the company he founded, IT Direct, has been awarded numerous honors including Inc. Magazine’s annual list of America’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies, CT Technology Council’s Tech Top 40, MSP Mentor’s Top 501 Managed Services Providers Worldwide, as well as the Hartford Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in CT.

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