Household Essentials has named Ted Kleist vp/sales, marketing and product development.
Kleist brings significant, diverse experience to the role, the company noted. He began his professional career in retail at Venture Stores in St. Louis, moving quickly into senior management positions at Walmart and Kmart. He honed his sales and product development skills at Ameriwood Industries as senior vp/sales and business development. He then founded and led Pinnacle Design.
Household Essentials is a manufacturer and distributor of household goods to big box and e-commerce retailers and direct to consumer via its website. Known for its experience in laundry, storage, cedar and air drying, Household Essentials is expanding with wicker and home décor collections. The company is also a distributor to North America for European brands like Leifheit, Krosno and Everloc.