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Kathleen Babcook

In September of 2010, Kathleen began her career as the Director of Marketing at Xybix. Kathleen has known the owners of Xybix, the Carson family, since she was about twelve years old. As an active member of the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol (of which both Barry and Ken Carson are also members), when the Marketing position opened at Xybix, it was a match made in “powder heaven”. A Colorado native, Kathleen received her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of St Benedict/St John's University in St. Joseph, MN. While attending, she studied Graphic Design and Advertising. After moving back to Denver, in 2009, Kathleen received her MBA in Marketing from Regis University. I love working for Xybix, to me, it’s like working for family. I love getting to meet our customers and talk about our furniture at tradeshows and events.
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3 Ways to Fight Stress and Stay Happy During the Holidays

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 22, 2016 2:17:13 PM

Howtobeatholidaystress.jpgHolidays mean stress for most of us. The kids are out of school; family is knocking at the door. You’re responsible for cooking a 20-pound turkey flawlessly and on-time. Not to mention the decorating, shuffling between family traditions and taking care of grandma. Whoa…deep breath. You’re a 911 dispatcher, you’re used to stress right? No doubt, all of us feel the pressure during the holiday season, so here are three things you might try to help fight stress, stay healthy and stay happy during the holidays.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

5 Healthy Fall Treats and PotLuck Ideas for 911 Dispatch

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 21, 2016 11:41:44 AM

Fall is upon us, and while pumpkin spice is everywhere (literally everywhere), we are also starting to hunker down for the winter. Yes, I am a total “nester” as winter looms closer. Tis’ the season for indulging, sneaking all the good candies from your kids Halloween stash and the inevitable office pot luck. So, you’ve been good all summer, staying away from this or that, eating more veggies, and probably getting outside to watch a few sporting events, walk the dog, or even run in that charity 5K. WOW!

Enter the fall/pumpkin spice/pot luck season. No need to fret, you can still indulge in healthy delights that are both fun and creative.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Recipes

Xybix's Lifetime Warranty - 6 Years Parts - 5 Years Labor

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 14, 2016 4:01:30 PM

Xybix has been making big waves in the dispatch furniture world with its new Lifetime
Warranty. We wanted to take a minute to explain what this means to you as a customer and explain what is covered by this warranty. 

Let's start by saying that this warranty was designed to take care of YOU, the customer. We wanted to make it easy to understand and give you the level of service you deserve on an investment you've spent time and money on. Having a warranty that covers the untimely "Ut O" is as important to us as it is to you. So let's get to it here's what is included Xybix's Warranty for Dispatch Furniture:

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Topics: Warranty

3 Reasons NOT to see Xybix’s Booth #1627 at APCO 2016

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM

SeeXybixAPCO.jpgTrade show floors can be intimidating and a bit overwhelming. After all, APCO 2016 is one of the largest, if not the largest, trade shows for public safety professionals all year. And, whether you’re a Supervisor, Director, Dispatcher, or Manager, odds are that you’ve got a pretty busy week planned for Orlando, FL. Hustling from one session to another, and obviously coming back to your agency with some key take-aways! Trust me, we know the drill.

So, let us help you by telling you why you shouldn’t come by Xybix’s booth at APCO:

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks, Human Interest, APCO

Health News: How much walking do you need to do to lose weight?

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Mar 22, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Loseweight.jpgMany people I know use walking as a way to de-stress, burn energy and get moving. It’s a simple activity and you already know how to do it. Walking is easy on joints and requires little to no additional equipment. Recently, treadmills and bikes have been added to many 911 dispatch centers and the question arises, how much walking do you need to do to lose weight?

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Topics: Health, Treadmill and Bike Desks, Human Interest

The Biggest Problem with not Having Cable Management

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Feb 26, 2016 4:47:24 PM

Untitled_design_14.jpgThe rats nest of cables. The constant unplugging of monitors. Speakers, keyboards and mice getting dragged off your desk every time your raise your console up so you can stand... Sound familiar? All of these issues are usually a result of poor cable management. (Unless you have a ghost in your dispatch center, if you do, please email me.) Cable management is more than correcting that bundle of cables hidden under your desk it also should include making sure that you have the appropriate length of cable extensions so that you can actually use your console to "stand" without the fear of unplugging. 

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Topics: Cabling

Reducing Stress for 911 Dispatchers: What You Should Know

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 22, 2015 4:44:33 PM

Stress in 911 DispatchStress is a very sensitive and very real subject for many 911 dispatchers. And while it is not my intention to try for a minute to understand the dealings with that you must go through in your profession, I think that the idea of stress in a dispatch center has a very real effect on your health and well-being. With health becoming a topic of great importance in the 911 industry, as sensative of a subject it might be, I feel it is worth blogging about. Coping with stress can happen on many different levels and we all deal with it a different way. When stress effects our personal health learning how to cope with it in a productive way can make all the difference.

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Topics: Health

Healthy Halloween Treat Ideas for 911 Comm Centers and Offices

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 16, 2015 11:22:08 AM

Treats are pretty common around a 911 Comm Center or any office during the Halloween season.  So I thought, maybe we could add a healthy spin to the treats we all know we will eat. Bringing healthy ideas and initiatives to your next office pot luck or event gathering doesn’t have to be scary. It can be fun and rewarding for both you and your co-workers. Here are three phases to a creepy plan of bringing better health into a workplace near you.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

Quick Mason Jar Meal Ideas for 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Sep 15, 2015 10:43:34 AM

Petitelefant.jpgI don’t know about you, but, love the idea of packing a healthy meal on the go! So why not pack a mason jar? This antiquated food vessel makes for quick and easy grab and go. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about forgetting any of the ingredients and its leak proof! (Because I SPILL EVERYTHING (no seriously)). There are so many healthy ideas from salads to soups, quiches, desserts. What I really wanted to know was, how. How...? How do I do that?

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Topics: Health, Human Interest

Health and Energy Drinks in 911 Dispatch

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Aug 26, 2015 1:59:55 PM

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aukirk/8170825503With the rigorous demands of a 911 dispatch job, the tedious, long hours and the sedentary work, it’s understandable that many dispatchers use caffeine as a mere means of survival. Let’s face it, the majority of the population leans on caffeine as a crutch to get through the work days and week! Whether it’s Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou Coffee, diet soda or energy drinks, caffeine is what we all crave.

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Topics: Health

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