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Doug Herman

I was recently brought on to the Xybix team in August of 2014. Xybix has the coolest products (the customers love them!), the leadership is competitive and is very forward thinking, and I’m excited to help lead the sales team to new levels of success. I'm a competitive person who loves having fun with friends. I grew up in Nebraska (farm kid & a Husker!), I married when I was 20, worked for my father's company, and then moved to Waxahachie TX to go to college for a leadership degree (as a Youth Pastor). Later, I lived in Austin, TX then Denver, CO (in '88). I lost my wife and 2-yr old daughter in 1991, leaving me with my son. I later remarried (Stephanie) and we have 4 kids; Josh (29), Bri (20), Luc (17), and Kate (7 - our wonderful adopted daughter from China). I enjoy anything to do with water (scuba, fishing, skiing and swimming) and I love good stories (movies, series, or books). I enjoy home improvements and love to use my creative and problem-solving skills in a variety of sales, marketing, leadership, and business settings. I also love movies or mini-series (all Marvel movies and of course favorite movie of all time is “Tombstone”. My TV series favs are; Game of Thrones, Justified, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Dexter, Merlin, and Arrow)

Recent Posts

The Core Truth: Let’s Talk About Panel Systems

Posted by Doug Herman on Apr 18, 2017 3:28:47 PM

Panel Systems.jpgWhen customers like yourself purchase console furniture, the sales process often includes a discussion about panel systems, also known to some as the “core.” If you speak with a variety of vendors, you will get a variety of panel solutions as well. I want to help educate you about what is needed from panel or core systems so that you end up with the most efficient option.

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Topics: Cabling, Workstation Planning, Durability

Dispatch Furniture Design: Your very own personal Designer

Posted by Doug Herman on Jun 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Expand.jpgThe recent growth at Xybix has caused us to expand our design team, and we just recruited and hired another interior designer, which is much different than my pursuit of a sales professional!

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Topics: Design

Dispatch Furniture Bonds: Why Are They So Important?

Posted by Doug Herman on May 6, 2016 4:46:50 PM

Bonds.jpgYou’re about to launch a project to upgrade your center that includes a dispatch furniture purchase. When you meet with your committee or supervisor, what is the most common thing you’ll hear?  “For the amount of money we’re spending, we need furniture that will LAST.”

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing

Why Tour a Dispatch Furniture Manufacturing Facility? 

Posted by Doug Herman on Sep 14, 2015 9:31:27 AM

Xybix Manufacturing FacilityWhen it comes to purchasing dispatch furniture, there are many reasons why touring the manufacturing facility that you’re buying furniture from can be beneficial. Why should you take the time to do this? Why is it important to know how manufacturers build their furniture? Why is a plant visit a critical part of due diligence?

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Topics: Purchasing, Dispatch Consoles, Value

Do I need Divider Panels in the Comm Center?

Posted by Doug Herman on Jun 3, 2015 3:27:07 PM

WHY-

A question frequently asked is, "why do I need divider panels in my comm center?" and “what’s the value of having fabric on them?”  Well, I'd like to help clarify what exactly a divider panel is and give a fun example of how sound can influence your conversations and why it should be important to you.

Divider panels in an office environment are primarily designed to help dampen noise as it is reflected around a room. When people use the radios, phones or talk they project noise which can be a distraction to you if you are quietly working away at your position or workstation. Often times, you'll not even notice acoustic sound barriers, yet they play in import role.

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Topics: Acoustics

Do You See What I See? The Best Way to Achieve Proper Focal Depth

Posted by Doug Herman on Apr 14, 2015 2:16:58 PM

EyeSight2A friend at a communication center in San Diego recently told Xybix that he’s been working with monitors he cannot move. I asked if I could take pictures of a gentleman’s “system” and he was kind enough to let me. I mean hey, it’s not his fault; if you don’t have the tools at your disposal to be able to see what’s on the monitor, what are you supposed to do?

Focal depth is how far your monitor is from your eyes. The adjustment of that depth  or focal depth adjustment, allows you to move those monitors nearer or farther from your eyes to better see the screens. It is not a fancy add-on for your workstation. It’s not a luxury. Really, it’s about being able to see what your screen projects. If you have to look at those screens for 10 to 12 hours, doesn’t it make sense that you find a way to do so without stressing your eyes?

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Topics: Monitors, Eye Strain

Complete Your Comm Center Design with a Live Iteractive Meeting

Posted by Doug Herman on Dec 15, 2014 8:47:00 AM

iStock_000033403126_LargeAre you the newly appointed project manager for your center’s new layout and design? If so, take a deep breath. You’re not alone. When these projects land on your already full plate, there’s a way to ensure everyone is happy, the project goes smoothly, and everyone gets what they need. You’re not only going to come out of this project safely, but with an incredible sense of accomplishment under your belt.

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Topics: Design

3 Secrets to Maximizing Workspace in Your Dispatch Center

Posted by Doug Herman on Oct 2, 2014 9:09:00 AM

SecretstomaximizingworkspaceStep into the service bay of an auto dealership and what do you see? Efficiency. In fact, walk into my wife’s kitchen and you’ll see a similar lean approach to how she works in her space. No one likes to waste time and energy when you’re just trying to get the job done. And considering that most Americans spend 90 percent (or more) of our time indoors, it’s important for Comm Center Managers to build a comfortable work environment — especially in a space-critical dispatch center, where every inch matters.

With this in mind, I’ve developed three “secrets” to guide Comm Center Managers in their quest to maximize their workspaces. These tips will not only help your 911 center operate more efficiently, but will also increase the productivity of your team. So let’s get started!

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Square Footage, Workstation Planning

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