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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 Reasons NOT to Come See Xybix’s Booth (#1714) at APCO 2015

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Aug 5, 2015 3:11:00 PM

Do_NOT_EnterTrade show floors can be intimidating and a bit overwhelming. After all, APCO 2015 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 Washington, DC. 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 giving you 3 great reasons why you shouldn’t come by Xybix’s booth at APCO:

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Topics: Treadmill and Bike Desks, Human Interest, APCO

Three of the Best Tips You’ll Ever Get When Buying Dispatch Furniture

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jul 14, 2015 3:37:05 PM

ThomasTheTrainDispatchFurnitreYou’re a Comm Center manager or supervisor and you’ve been tasked with buying new dispatch furniture. HOLY (insert choice four letter word) ! You probably feel like you are just not ready to tackle this monstrosity of project, or maybe you feel rather intimidated like buying a new car. Hey, we get it, this task is not an easy one. Infact, while reading this, you might already be thinking of the best way to secretly exit the building (never to return). Whoa-nelly! Take a minute and remember the beloved childhood icon, Thomas the Train. I want you to try whispering quietly to yourself “I think I can…I think I can…” and DON’T panic! Here are three tips to buying dispatch furniture that can help:

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Topics: QUICK TIPS, Buying, Purchasing

Relatable Concerns Between Docs and 911 Dispatch

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jun 5, 2015 12:51:05 PM

ConfusedIf you are in the public safety industry and are familiar with Xybix, you may have noticed a few articles, emails and blogs from Xybix about imaging desks. Are you scratching your head and wondering what that is all about…? I realize most of associate Xybix as only selling height adjustable furniture to 911 dispatch, security and utility agencies. But, in fact, there are several other industries in which the ergonomic sit to stand furniture we provide can be beneficial.

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Topics: Health, Height Adjustable Workstations, Dispatch Consoles, Imaging Desks

Show Your Love to Your Local 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Feb 11, 2015 3:35:35 PM

SharetheLove911dispatchWith “love” in the air this Valentine’s Day, we thought we could share some ways you can show the “love” to your local 911 dispatchers. Often times, 911 dispatchers are only means of response to a scary and/or life or death situation. A dispatcher’s job means responding promptly and professionally to any emergency throughout the year. (Yes, this includes giving up weekends, holidays and birthdays to work a very demanding and stressful job). Still not convinced of the need to say thanks? Try reading the poem “Dispatcher” by Alan Burton.

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Topics: Human Interest

911 Turkey Troubles: How Some Emergencies are NOT for 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 25, 2014 11:48:00 AM

Turkey_911With Turkey Day upon us, it’s hard not to get caught up in the mess of things. “Last chance” this, “30% off” that, the ultimate “Black Friday” door-buster deal…

When the mall crowds pick up, people start frying turkeys, traveling to grandmas, and families come together, inevitably there will be an increase in 911 emergency calls. Lest we forget that there are several people who don’t get to spend the holiday(s) with their families, friends or loved ones. Yes, 911 dispatchers! 

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Topics: Human Interest

A Review of the Most Commonly Found Height Adjustable Desks

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Sep 26, 2014 1:38:00 PM

standingdeskThere are many reasons to choose a height-adjustable desk. Some are dictated by your office environment and others merely on the fact you want a healthier way to work. That said, there are several options available today for adding height adjustability to your workstation. How can one choose? We’re here to help! Here is a brief breakdown on some of the most common models of height-adjustable desks I have seen on the market today.


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Topics: Height Adjustable Workstations

Am I Bias about Bias Lighting. Maybe.

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Sep 11, 2014 2:24:00 PM

Bias Lighting ExampleI’m always shocked by the number of dispatchers I talk to who have never heard of bias lighting. Typically, when I demo this feature on a workstation, I tend to get quite a few “oohhs” and “aahhs” (a similar reaction to watching a fireworks display). But, not everyone has the opportunity to see this feature live during a product demo, and so for those individuals, this blog is for you.

Bias lighting is, in the simplest terms, backlighting. Backlighting emits a soft white glow behind your computer monitor(s). You might have seen similar techniques deployed on furniture displays at your local IKEA. Yes, it seems as though backlighting is catching on in many industries — and for good reason. So why am I bias about bias lighting and why should some such as a 911 dispatcher care? Two very important answers come to mind:

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Topics: Lighting, Eye Strain

Four Things You Should Consider when Choosing Technical Furniture

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Sep 4, 2014 12:05:49 PM

TechnicalFurnitureXybixToday, too many of us are strapped to our desks and glued to our computer monitors and keyboards, especially, for the long hours required by most of our jobs in the fields of public safety, security facilities and operations control rooms which can operate 24/7.

We might ask ourselves, “Isn’t there another option?” With the recent advancements in technical furniture and ergonomic workstations, the answer is "yes!" Why should managers, directors and supervisors care? Because improper ergonomic positioning can result in work-related injuries and decrease performance and productivity. 

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Topics: Technical Furniture, Health, Security Console Furniture, Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles

Xybix Talks Health in the Dispatch Center at NENA 2014

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jun 25, 2014 3:27:00 PM

wttNewLogo_(Medium)Recently, at 2014 NENA in Nashville, TN, I was asked by Ricardo Martinez from the Within the Trenches to participate in a podcast about Xybix, our 911 ergonomic workstations and the recently introduced treadmills and bikes. Naturally, I accepted his invitation and  answer quite a few of the questions we've been receiving about the treadmill workstations. Here is what Ricardo came up with. 

Episode topics –

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Topics: Health, Treadmill and Bike Desks, Dispatch Consoles

Meet Xybix!

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Jun 5, 2014 3:13:00 PM

The Xybix Team

Dispatch supervisors, emergency professionals and radiologists, come to us when they need quality, dependable, ergonomic furniture for their 911 dispatch center or imaging facility. Xybix provides exceptionally well built custom furniture solutions to fit the growing needs of today's professionals.
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Topics: Buying, Pre-Installation

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