DBA, Argosy University
MBA, University of Portland
BSBA, University of Michigan
Multiple business and technical certifications in business management and consulting.
Stan Heister received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and went on to earn his Master of Business Administration from the University of Portland. He specializes in management.
Heister's most recent experience in business includes five years as principal of Peak Performance Business Consulting. In that role, he has participated in roles including project management, business process re-engineering, marketing research and training and education. He has worked on projects for companies including Royal Caribbean, Deluxe Checks, Sun Trust Bank and Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals. Heister has also spent a considerable amount of time developing and delivering training in the Data Warehousing and Customer Relationship Management space to Fortune 1000 companies all over the U.S. for IBM and Netezza.
Formerly, Heister was Director of Learning Strategy and Metrics for Teradata Corporation, a $2.5 billion data warehousing company. At Teradata, Stan spent almost nine years in learning management and strategy and has delivered management, strategy and sales courses all over the world (25+ countries in all geographic regions). He is culturally intelligent and understands different learning styles and the diverse nature of foreign societies and multinational companies.
Heister has also held positions in product marketing, program management, project management and has owned P&L responsibility for multiple product lines. Additionally, he has managed international teams, cross-functional teams and virtual teams with great success over his career.
Heister's experience in corporate learning, educational research and teaching both adults and youth has helped him to understand the instructional methods to which students react best. It is important to focus on the underlying goal when teaching and that goal is not only to impart knowledge but ensure the student a can retain the subject matter and apply what is learned.
His personal belief and style is to involve the student in learning by inviting them to participate bi-directionally. It is proven that learning retention improves when the student becomes active rather than participates in a passive environment. Assigning projects and providing an atmosphere of trial and error provides an active learning environment where content absorption and retention will be maximized. Additionally, Heister believes strongly in reinforcing concepts in the text with real-life examples, as doing so helps put the topic in context for the student, which further aids in the retention and application of theoretical principals.
Heister is presently a doctoral candidate, completing his dissertation on the topic of Generation Y learning preferences in the consulting industry.
He has published journal articles on the topic of learning and organizational development in national trade magazines such as Training Magazine, Workforce Magazine, CEO Refresher and Training Industry Magazine.