The retailer/technology integrator buying group HTSA (Home Technology Specialists of America) has named Keith Esterly to the newly created post of Chief Learning Architect. He has been tasked to head a new initiative touching upon custom education and team development programs for member company employees, including those in sales, management, and more.
Esterly has a 20-year track record in training, education, program creation and workforce development within a variety of organizations, and specializes in relationship science, with a focus on the psychology of human relationships.
Jon Robbins, HTSA executive director, stated that Esterly’s expertise as a relationship science specialist “will revolutionize how our members show and sell profitable high-performance, whole home automation, home theater, and lighting solutions by cracking the code on the human connection.”
Prior to joining HTSA, Esterly was Director of Talent Development for Walmart U.S., where he directed teams of as many as 50 regionally deployed facilitators and four learning & development managers. At Walmart for a total of 10 years, he was charged with conceiving, creating, and executing programs designed for various Walmart multi-state divisions and business units, both at the management and the associate levels.
Before that, Esterly was Training Director for retailer Tweeter Home Entertainment Group – an early marketer of custom home installation solutions – for its Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
Esterly said in a statement that he looked forward to “leveraging everything I’ve learned over the last two decades in relationship science and the psychology of human interaction between integrator and client, manager and employee, supplier and dealer purchasing agent” in his new position.
HTSA plans to preview its new learning initiatives at its Spring 2019 Conference April 16-18 at the Sheraton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz., where it will also offer particulars on the next phase of its lighting fixtures and services initiative.