HTSA (the Home Technology Specialists of America) buying group took the occasion of the recent CEDIA Expo to leverage its locally based Denver member Xssentials’ trailing facilities to give members attending the show a full, multi-track roster of customized educational courses. The “Tommapalooza Learning Festival,” as it was dubbed, in a nod to HTSA Director of New Technology Initiatives Tom Doherty, ran Sept. 10 and 11 in Xssentials’ Parker, Colo., facilities.
Doherty told us at CEDIA that 94 members registered for the course regimen, which covered a series of HTSA training imperatives, including the categories of lighting and health and wellness – the latter, encompassing education about the Delos Darwin Premier program – as well as brand-specific training by a group of HTSA vendors.
“Wellness at this CEDIA is a big topic,” Doherty noted, saying the Delos initiative addressed various aspects of wellness’s relationship to lighting, including the impacts of indoor living on consumers, and how to talk to clients about how installers can implement wellness technologies to improve their well-being. “We take the Delos partnership very seriously,” said HTSA Executive Director Jon Robbins, noting that it is “a collaborative dialogue,” with the curriculum having been fine-tuned based on discussions and feedback.