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Kathleen Utley

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 for many years. As an active member of the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol (of which both Xybix Owners, 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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The Best Dispatch Console Furniture Resources of 2018 and Beyond

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Jan 15, 2019 11:36:47 AM

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Preparing to buy dispatch console furniture can be an extremely daunting project. These resources can help  you with current industry trends and will help you with what you need to know before you buy.

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles, Resources, Communications Center, Durability, Due Diligence, Customer Service, Workstation Planning, Warranty, Pre-Installation, Value, Price, Purchasing, Buying

One of the Spookiest Decisions for a 911 Dispatch Manager - New Comm Center Furniture!

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Oct 31, 2018 1:02:35 PM

hocus pocus halloween GIFIt's HALLOWEEN and probably one of my favorite holidays!! So, that got me thinking what would be spooky or maybe a bit scary for a 911 dispatch manager or supervision….? The type of scary I'm talking about is a huge decision, that will have an impact on the Comm Center, or a legacy that will be left and how this type of a decision would effect the Center for years to come (maybe even after you retire). That sounds pretty scary and intimidating to me. So what type of decision am I talking about? Just like the in those scary movies, (I only like them one time a year), the ever-elusive masked killer is running through the house with a butcher knife, it finally came to me… the decision to purchase Comm Center dispatch furniture…. dun…dun…dun!

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Topics: Communications Center, Purchasing, room layout, Morale, Workstation Planning, Buying

9 Computer Storage Options for 24/7 Communication Centers (PICTURES!)

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Aug 23, 2018 3:22:44 PM

Let's face it...housing a computer or computers in a 24/7 communication center is a fickle beast! Oftentimes, you can feel forced into using unsightly, under-surface metal containers, which conduct and trap heat. And let’s just say, there is a reason why they are shoved under your feet at your workstation… Can you say “UGLY?!”

I’m here to tell you that there are other options to housing your computers, probably more than you know. A reputable custom furniture manufacturer of 24/7 furniture will listen to your ideas, concerns and spatial constraints and help you come up with a communication center design solution to best fit your needs and the needs of your people.

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Topics: Computers, Storage, Communications Center, room layout, space planning, Dispatch Consoles

A 911 Dispatchers Survival Guide to APCO 2018: Tips and Scheduling

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Jul 17, 2018 4:31:45 PM

Tips from an expert

  • 2018 APCOIt’s going to be a long day. No matter how you dice it. The days you are in Vegas are going to be looooong. Be prepared. Bring some waters and some snacks. No one likes a hangry person. Not to mention, usually the nearest place for food is a good ½ mile away.

  • The expo hall is big! And it's going to be far away from your hotel room, even if you are staying at the host hotel, so bring comfy shoes, bring a couple pairs. Swap out your shoes. If you ever see me coming or going from a APCO, NENA or Navigator, I usually have on sneakers or flip-flops, that way I can easily change into my work shoes when I arrive. (If you’re from somewhere where there is snow, this is a common practice as an elementary aged child. You’d wear your snow boots to school and change into your sneakers for the day and then back into your boots for recess and going home. Same concept here.)
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Topics: APCO, Dispatch Consoles, Buying, QUICK TIPS

911 Dispatch Public Safety Partners Making Waves in the Industry

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Jul 16, 2018 10:43:16 AM

giphyI must start off by saying that I am extremely proud to be a part of such an amazing community within the public safety industry. I was inspired to write this blog by those I feel who are making a difference within the 911 community. Specifically, those who are closest to me are my friends behind Operation 10-8, 911 Training Institute, Within the Trenches, and Kim Turner, LLC.

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Topics: Stress, Morale, Human Interest, Health

Times They Are A-Changin': Shopping for Dispatch Furniture Has Too!

Posted by Kathleen Utley on May 24, 2018 11:20:52 AM

SmarterBuyingThe way we buy...well just about anything, has changed. With websites offering quick service and simple shopping like Amazon, grocery delivery services like “Click-List” and of course there is Uber, there is no wonder why we've changed. We have all changed how we shop, buy and research products. Hello instant gratification! But what about those big purchases, a new car, a home or a vacation? Well, that part hasn’t changed much and neither has shopping for dispatch furniture.

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Topics: Due Diligence, Warranty, Dispatch Consoles, Installation, Purchasing, QUICK TIPS

911 Comm Centers - See Xybix's New Eagle Consoles at Navigator 2018!

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Apr 20, 2018 2:00:38 PM

Are you headed to Las Vegas for the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch IAED Navigator conference?

This is THE PREMIER CONFERENCE FOR POLICE, FIRE, AND MEDICAL DISPATCH. This NAVIGATOR is set to be our best ever. This year they will have the latest and best presentation topics and presenters, events and networking opportunities, as well as keynote speakers that will knock your socks off! You won’t want to miss this truly memorable educational, networking conference.
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And best of all...Xybix Systems, Inc. will be there!

At booth #309 and we are super excited to have our new Eagle dispatch consoles on display at our booth!

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Improve Morale In Your 911 Comm Center: Employee Recognition Ideas

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Apr 3, 2018 3:17:00 PM

911 Dispatch MoraleI’m just going to say it, employee morale and company culture have a huge effect on the workplace. Absenteeism, lost productivity and poor health have all been directly attributed to morale in a workplace. So in a 24/7 industry like 911 dispatch, how can you improve morale and company culture, while adhering to policies and guidelines.

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Topics: Human Interest, Health, Morale

Dispatch Console Trends for 2018

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Feb 9, 2018 4:32:45 PM

giphy-downsized (25).gifWhile I can’t predict the future, I have seen a few trends develop in the dispatch console and furniture arena over the last 7+ years in the industry. I can’t tout that I know everything, but I have picked up on a few things just by listening and paying attention.

A new year is a great time to make note of any recent changes in the industry, as it’s a time when everyone is focused on advancement and improvement. Based on what I’ve personally noticed, here are four dispatch console trends I've seen:

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Topics: Dispatch Consoles

Thanksgiving as a 911 Dispatcher: Ways You Can Celebrate Too

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Nov 20, 2017 9:55:17 AM

Celebrate Thanksgiving 911 DispatchSome of the best people I’ve ever worked with are those in the 911/Public Safety Industry. And while most of us are at home in our stretchy Thanksgiving pants enjoying the company of family and loved ones, someone needs to be someone on the other line of a 911 call in case of emergency. So, here is a shout out to all of you 911 Dispatchers &  Turkey foregoer’s. I've put together a list of how you might be able to have a bit of a good ol’ Thanksgiving celebration even while you are at work.

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Topics: Human Interest, Morale

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