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Megan Lewis

Megan recently joined the Xybix team in February 2014. Since graduating in 2006 from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, Megan has developed a diverse set of skills, ranging from project management and sales experience, to life abroad in Tokyo, Japan, living and breathing the daily life of an ex-pat. Megan developed her supply chain skills in purchasing and logistics within the refurbished medical device industry, before taking another geographical and career leap to sales in Tampa, FL.
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Three Lessons in Dispatch Console Makeup

Posted by Megan Lewis on Jul 6, 2016 2:04:05 PM

Dispatch_Console.jpgWhat Does Your Makeup Say About You?

There’s a lot of talk about durability in the dispatch furniture industry, and we get asked a ton of questions. Is steel stronger? Is wood stronger? Is 12-gauge steel really better than 14-gauge steel? What is the lifetime of the furniture? 10 years? 15 years? 20 years? The truth is, a dispatch console could be made of bulletproof glass and hurricane-rated I-beams, but if the integrity of the completed product isn’t tested, it couldn’t withstand a Donald Trump temper tantrum, let alone the amount of abuse a console takes in a comm center!

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Dispatch Consoles

#OrlandoUnited: The Role of a 911 Dispatcher and the Support of a Community

Posted by Megan Lewis on Jun 28, 2016 4:26:59 PM

orlando_united2.jpgEarly on the morning of June 12, 2016, a terrorist entered the gay nightclub PULSE in Orlando, FL and unleashed unimaginable hate on the lives of 49 innocent victims. He wounded 53 others and changed the lives of every person, family and the nation with this unmitigated reign of terror. The PULSE nightclub attack is now the worst mass shooting in United States history.

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Topics: Human Interest

What to Expect When You're Expecting...Dispatch Furniture?

Posted by Megan Lewis on Mar 15, 2016 11:32:03 AM

What_to_expect_when_youre_expecting.jpgWARNING: This is a baby-free article. ☺

Buying new dispatch furniture for your communications center can be a daunting task. It comes with a lot of recommendations, shared experiences and horror stories, and it's kind of like a blind date. You've heard from your friend at Comm Center A that Vendor X is a great catch! They’re attractive, timely, well-behaved, plus they come with great references; everything fits! However, when you get down to the nitty gritty, everything falls apart and nothing works out like you thought it would. As a recipient of several, horrible, no good, very bad dates, it really makes you question what you ever did to your friend at Comm Center A. I mean, this is what they REALLY think of you? But I digress…

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing, Dispatch Consoles

Got Funding? Make your Health Insurance Work for YOU!

Posted by Megan Lewis on Nov 13, 2015 4:58:58 PM

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We all know that funding for even the smallest of items can feel like it takes an act of Congress or the signatures of our Four Fathers. And, we all know that keeping employees motivated and positive is an additional struggle. So when you try and do something to boost morale, such as introduce health accessories (i.e. a treadmill or bike) into the workplace, it can often feel like you’re met with road block after road block. Fortunately, there may be a solution out there that can help curb the funding hurdle.

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Topics: Health

See The Light: Status Indicator Lights for 911 Comm Centers

Posted by Megan Lewis on Oct 7, 2015 10:07:19 AM

Loud Noises in the Comm CenterIf you’re a 911 dispatcher, you’ve probably experienced at least one, if not ALL, of the following:

  • “HA! Did you see what happened on Jerry Springer!?” or “WHO’S YOUR DADDY?” (meaning loud noises and someone shouting )
  • “HEY! HEY!” followed by “WHAT?!” (shouting across the room)
  • “HAHAHAHA! Did you hear the one about the sock?” (terrible jokes and more loud noises)
  • “WHIP! Do the Nae-Nae!” (spontaneous dancing in the dispatch center with the bass thumpin’)
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Topics: Lighting

A Comm Centers Guide to the In's and Out's of Purchasing from HGACBuy

Posted by Megan Lewis on Jul 10, 2015 9:28:05 AM

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Purchasing capital equipment is always a fun and exciting endeavor (insert sideways glance). It always proves to be a politically driven, a molehill-out-of-an-anthill struggle that can make even the most seasoned professionals wave the white flag. So, how do you make nice with the powers that be in the ivory tower? You present strategic and economical solutions, that’s how!

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Topics: Buying, Purchasing

Sneak Attack! Sneakers - The Next Fashion Statement for 911 Dispatch

Posted by Megan Lewis on May 20, 2015 11:44:37 AM

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While looking for a comical introduction to this blog, I revved up the Google machine and searched for “funny sneaker”, and right away, a “funny sneaker” meme popped up. I figured it 
couldn’t hurt to check it out (even though I had no clue what a meme is), and you could have colored me surprised when Google opened up a whole new world to me: the world of sneakerheads. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the term “sneakerheads” is a real adjective used to describe collectors of classic “sneaks”, or, to further clarify, here’s how the literary virtuoso Urban Dictionary puts it:

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Topics: Health, Treadmill and Bike Desks, Dispatch Consoles

Dispatch Furniture Options: Why Iron Man says "Be Selective"

Posted by Megan Lewis on Apr 6, 2015 12:01:00 PM

IronManI was listening to a Podcast interview with Robert Downey Jr. the other day, and the interviewer asked him how he goes about choosing his roles and knowing he’s going the right direction with what he does choose to do. Downey responded by saying that people who have 30 choices when choosing a fabric, for example, will never be 100 percent confident in their choice and will always think they could have done better. When given only three choices, people tend to be completely confident in what they chose, why they chose it and at the end of the day, feeling like they got the best bang for their buck. He’s picky! Downey’s response is so applicable in many arenas, but for the topic of this blog, I thought it was especially poignant — and not just because he looks awesome in that Iron Man suit.

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Purchasing, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Acoustics, Lighting, Dispatch Consoles, Germs, Antimicrobial

The X's and O's of Dispatch Furniture Planning

Posted by Megan Lewis on Mar 26, 2015 12:15:00 PM

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I love football. Live it. Breathe it. College most especially (GO SPARTANS!), but I have to watch my boy Aaron Rodgers on Sundays. I know there’s a stigma surrounding women who “love” football, but I promise, it’s not just the tight pants or that Tom Brady is married to Gisele (insert “EW”).

But I will admit, I really have no clue how to read a play, other than maybe a post route and a blitz. These plays, to me, are so intricate, so well designed, that half the time I don’t even think the “experts” know what happened until they watch the replay (I’m looking at you, Brent Musburger). That being said, Xybix's in-house design team members are like offensive and defensive coordinators; they know when to blitz, and they know when to rush. 

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Topics: Design, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

Help! My 911 Dispatch Center is Too Small!

Posted by Megan Lewis on Mar 13, 2015 8:12:44 AM

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How often have you thought “I’d really like to update my dispatch center” but in the same train of thought said, “My center is just way too small and way too weird”! We hear this constantly, things like “We’re peanuts compared to such-and-such county" or "we only have 2 stations and 150 square feet". The thought is, if your center is small, there is nothing you can do to improve your situation. Well, I'm here to tell you, You Can!

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Topics: Design, Dispatch Consoles, Workstation Planning

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