Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Meet Our Territory Managers! November Edition

One Wednesday each month we are featuring one of our Territory Managers. This month we're introducing you to Brian Myhre, Territory Manager of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. A native of Eau Claire, WI, Brian Myhre is at home working with customers throughout his Midwest territory.

Brian began working for Spectrum in 1996 cleaning the dust collector in the rough mill, over the years he has moved through many different positions, including manufacturing, tech service, prototype shop, inside sales, and installation services, before becoming a territory manager. He truly knows the ins and outs of the company. 

“My favorite things about Spectrum are our quality products, our team and our customers,” said Myhre. “They all combine to create a fun and challenging environment with so much variety that no two days are the same.”

Myhre believes that customers are drawn to Spectrum for the same reason. They know that when they come to Spectrum they are going to get a quality product, and we will stand behind that quality promise.

“I currently enjoy working with schools and matching them up with our great mobile computing carts,” said Myhre.

Myrhe states that in lieu of traditional schooling, he has learned everything he knows through the teams he has worked with at Spectrum, including his coworkers and managers. One of his most interesting memories with the company was the time he and Scott Dorn, currently Spectrum’s vice president of sales and marketing, spent in a Missouri prison together. He insists it’s not as bad as it sounds, they spent a week doing an installation of computer desks there.

While on the road, Brian likes to relax when possible and enjoys watching sporting events and working out. Having recently moved back to Eau Claire, WI, he keeps busy with house projects and his family. He and his wife, who he met while they were both working at Spectrum, have a total of four children.

Find the Territory Manager and Inside Sales Representative in your state on our website.

Friday, January 6, 2017

What is a Modern Classroom?

EdSurge took the opportunity to ask educational professionals the question, “What does a 'Modern Classroom' look like and what should Educators leave behind?”

The answers were not unified, nor simple, but give a good look into the future of classrooms, including the attributes of collaboration, communication, reversed roles – teachers facilitate learning, messy, loud and fun.

You can learn more about EdSurge's article at http://bit.ly/2hYg5Dh

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Product Update! Flex Flip Tables now in Expressions Line

Take a room from classroom/training style learning to collaboration in minutes with the Flex Flip Table. From active learning environments to meeting rooms, the Flex Flip Table can meet the needs of any collaboration layout, while ADA accessible options allow you to engage any user in any environment.

  • Now available in Expressions Line of 17 popular laminate choices and four metal colors to compliment existing or new furniture and spaces
  • Worksurfaces available in 48”, 60”, and 72” wide versions
  • Tables available in 24” or 30” depths to fit in any space
  • Adjustable height legs with heights available from 25.63" - 34.63" in 1" increments
  • The flip motion of the top allows the tables to nest for compact storage in a third of the space as normal tables
  • New optional Cove Power Module and Wire Management Kit to manage power and portable devices

Take a look at all of the features of the Flex Flip Tables and request a quote or demo today!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Flex Training Table Q&A with Sue Emerson

Have you heard of our Flex Training Table system? This adaptable system allows you to effortlessly reconfigure a room from straight and round training tables to race-track, horseshoe, and d-shaped collaborative environments. Sue Emerson, Territory Manager for Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, has found this system of tables instrumental in creating active learning and training environments for her customers.

Q: What markets do you typically sell Flex Training Tables to? 
A: Most of mine have been for Higher Ed and/or general classroom use.

Q: What kinds of spaces are they being used in? 
A: Generally these are for classrooms. One project was a small K-12 library where they put them around the perimeter of the room to use with desktop computers. Any new requests I’ve received have been for collaboration.   They like the idea of being able to move the desks around, like 2 rectangular with a ½ round which can be used to break apart in small groups or put together as a d-shape collaborative space.

Q: What are your customers saying about the Flex Training Tables?
A: They like that they are very durable and mobile. The tables can be ordered with 2 or 4 casters so that rooms can be rearranged easily and quickly. They like the flexibility of being able to move them around the room. The cost is also attractive.

Q: What features do they have that customers are attracted to?
A: Cost (as stated above), but also the different sizes available. There are different widths and lengths along with round table options to meet the configuration they need.

Q: Why would customers choose this style table over another option?
A: Loyal customers know they are durable products. They also can add on different sizes and options as needed.

Discover more features of the Flex Training Table system and request a quote today! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Meet Our Territory Managers! September Edition

One Wednesday each month we are featuring one of our Territory Managers. This month we're introducing you to Nathan Erwin, Spectrum’s Territory Manager in the deep south of the United States, covering Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

“I am right in the heart of SEC country,” said Erwin. “In SEC country everybody involved with the universities loves to talk about their football team for as long as you will listen. It’s a great way to connect with my customers.” 

Having graduated from Clemson University, he enjoys the banter between the different schools. He also enjoys demonstrating the InVision Access Table to the schools and businesses in his territory state. It is the perfect product for collaboration because it allows that type of learning while still being a functional, good-looking table. His customers are attracted to both the quality of the products and the ability to see it before they buy it.

“They like that we have outside reps that come onsite to perform demos, allowing them to see how a unit looks like and performs in their environment before having to buy,” said Erwin. “They know the furniture is going to be durable, reliable, and will perform like we said it would, so that prevents a lot of anxiety for them.”

All of these factors play into many customers having a bias towards Spectrum products Erwin stated.

“They really like that we ask for and take their feedback seriously,” he said. “When I tell them that is actually where a lot of our improvements come from, they are impressed with this business strategy and they start becoming Spectrum champions.”

While the customers are an essential part of the work he does, he said that the people at Spectrum really make it a great company to be with.

“The support I have received from both the outside and inside sales teams has been invaluable,” said Erwin. “Anytime I need a piece of advice or am in a bind, I know I have someone I can reach out to.”

When not traveling with work, Erwin enjoys hanging out with his girlfriend Emory and his dog Larry, playing golf with his friends, watching college football, and hanging out with his family.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

All-In-One Desk for Any Space!

One of the most common problems to overcome in planning a new space or redesigning an old space is how to fit everything needed into the limited space available. Often times training rooms and classrooms need to be used for multiple purposes including having computers available for projects and courses as well as desk space for projects, writing, and tests.

In response to this need, Spectrum developed an easy, all-in-one solution, the Flex InSight Desk. This desk allows for a seamless transition from an ordinary desk to a computer desk just by flipping open the top, providing quick and easy access to the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
  • Desks available in 36”, 60”, and 72” wide versions and 24” or 30” depths to fit in any space
  • Optional CPU sling when all-in-one computers are not used
  • Exclusive VESA monitor mount allows pan and tilt for optimal viewing angles
  • Monitor lid friction dampener provides support and slows the closing lid to keep hands and fingers safe
  • Large monitor compartment allows monitor to be safely raised and lowered without damage
  • Available in Expressions Line including 15 popular laminate choices and four metal colors to match any design

Recreate your space with the Flex Insight Desk – request a quote today! Don’t forget to work with your Territory Manager for product demonstrations and room layouts!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mobile Device Cart Q&A with Brian Lambert

Spectrum Industries has been manufacturing mobile device carts for 20 years. From our humble beginnings, we have grown into a leader of innovation in the industry. Brian Lambert, territory manager of Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia, has helped many customers with selecting the perfect cart for their mobile device deployment. He's joined us this week to answer a few questions about the Spectrum line of mobile device carts.

Q: What markets do you typically sell mobile device carts to?

A: The K-12 market amounts to probably 95% of the mobile computing carts that Spectrum sells.

Q: What kinds of spaces are they being used in?

A: Once the devices are wired up into the carts, they are deployed around K-12 buildings, and used as “classrooms on wheels, or COWS.” One cart might remain within each classroom, or maybe one cart is shared amongst multiple classrooms, but either way, the wireless access points allow these carts to be entirely mobile and flexible for use wherever the district needs them to be.

Q: What features do Spectrum carts have that customers are attracted to?

A: Ruggedness and durability are always very important to the end users, as well as ease of use, ease of mobility, and security.

Q: What are customers saying about Spectrum’s mobile device carts?

A: The design changes made at the outset of 2016 addressed some of the previous generations deficiencies. These updates include: easier cabling, more security with the ability to add a padlock, more flexibility to be able to accommodate larger devices, and we kept the wonderful reliability that comes with all Spectrum products. The 2016 line has been very well received!

Q: Why should customers choose Spectrum’s carts over other carts on the market?

A: The value of Spectrum products has long been known for a great mix of reliability, durability, flexibility, security, ease of use, and second-to-none customer service.

Q: What advice do you have for a customer when trying to pick the right cart for their devices?

A: I would encourage any tech director or reseller firm to contact their local Spectrum Industries territory manager. Since Spectrum manufactures a cart for any device, simply knowing the desired capacity, and the specific device type will allow us to select the proper cart for your needs.

To find out more about Spectrum's line of mobile device carts and request a quote visit our website.