Speech Privacy Systems – located in Richardson, TX (just north of Dallas) – has been improving workers’ professional environments since 1995. We’ve been fortunate to work with most of the Fortune 100, some great agencies and hundreds of smaller businesses.
During the past two decades, our primary focus has always been on helping workers like you get more out of their professional lives. We do this primarily through sound masking products and acoustic panels that improve your work environment.
Get to Know the Speech Privacy Systems Team
Bruce Davidson- CEO
Bruce began his career 51 years ago marketing eggs from his grandfather’s chicken coop in College Station, TX. Fast forward to today and this serial entrepreneur has created a company known and revered in North America in the acoustics industry. An Aggie from Texas A&M University, Bruce has received the prestigious Aggie100 award three times recognizing the fastest growing Aggie-owned companies in the world. He has also built a world-class organization based in Dallas, TX.
When Bruce is not working, he enjoys teaching Bible Fellowship Group and also relaxing with his wife, Sara and their 7 grandchildren. His favorite hobby is work.
Andy Vawter- VP of Business Development
Serving the company in a multi-functional capacity, Andy keeps the team on track as the VP of Business Development. Andy’s love for educating and helping others brought him from the great state of Wisconsin to the competitive 5A high schools of the Lone Star State where he taught Economics and coached in the top ranks of high school football. Andy completed his Master’s degree and was on track to become a high school principal when Speech Privacy Systems came calling. He was able to transition from academia to corporate America without missing a beat. Having played college football, Andy brings that competitive streak into everything he does.
When Andy is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amie and their two children. Andy also is active in his local church.
Debra Westmoreland- VP Sales - East Region
Debra is a U.S. Air Force veteran, retiring with 30+ year’s active duty as a Chief Master Sergeant.
She joined the SPS family in 2014 and leads the east coast team as V.P. of Sales.
Away from work, she enjoys camping, hiking, and biking with her husband Shawn. She is most passionate about animal rights/nature conservancy and is an avid reader.
Fred Lin- VP Sales - West Region
Fred Lin brings over 20 years of sales expertise, including experience with a contract furniture dealer and an AV integrator, to his role as VP of Sales for the Western Region of Speech Privacy Systems. His commitment to developing and managing relationships has resulted in successful long-term partnerships and client experiences.
When Fred is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also loves reading books, listening to podcasts, and exercising. In addition to CrossFit training, Fred is a triathlete and has recently completed his first Ironman, a 140.6 mile endurance race.
Danny Dollyhigh- VP Strategic Accounts
Danny brings 25 years of electronics engineering experience to Speech Privacy Systems which dovetails very well with his MBA and construction experience as a former licensed General Contractor. Having been with Speech Privacy Systems since 2005, his passion for the company and industry shows in everything he does. A Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Texas Mediator and a holder of multiple patents, he has worked with industry giants 3M, AMP Incorporated and Tyco Electronics as well as smaller, entrepreneurial endeavors.
When he is not performing his duties as VP of Strategic Accounts at Speech Privacy Systems, he enjoys hanging out with his wife, Donna and 5 grandchildren, swimming, camping, hiking and riding anything with 2 wheels (mountain bike, road bike or Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail). Having grown up in Mayberry (Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy, NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains), Danny now splits time between North Texas and St. Croix.
Cheryl Haynes- Director of Operations
Cheryl joined the Speech Privacy team in the fall of 2016 as the Director of Operations. She has 28 years in manufacturing, inventory control, and warehouse operations, working for companies like Orthofix, Mexmil Global Services, Motorola and Resource Flooring Group. “I enjoy taking chaos and organizing it into something useful and enjoyable” and firmly believe that, “There are no problems; only opportunities.”
She was born and raised in Arkansas, with a short high school experience in Shreveport and got to Texas as fast as she could. Cheryl studied music at Dallas Christian College and enjoys playing guitar and singing Gospel music in and around Fannin County. A few of her hobbies are learning new songs, “working” around her ranchette and hanging out with her 4-legged pals. Cheryl’s favorite hobby is to enjoy the peace and quiet of country-life, while lying in a hammock, listening to the frogs, birds, locusts, owls and coyotes.
Frank Barnett- VP Marketing
A digital marketing veteran, Frank has been working in online business development since the late 1990’s for companies like DrPepper/7-Up and British Telecom. Frank joined the team in 2005 to oversee Speech Privacy Systems’ marketing efforts.
Frank is always looking for a new adventure, whether that’s hitchhiking across the Australian Outback, skydiving, or eating bugs with Japanese businessmen (on a dare). A voracious reader, Frank received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and a Masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. When not working, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and four kids and telling anyone who will listen how next year will finally be the year for his Texas Aggies and Atlanta Braves.
Jeff Adams- Senior Sales Engineer - Central
I am passionate about helping our clients create better privacy, better workplaces, and better lives! My experience in sales, customer service, production, logistics, and management all work together to help me understand the many challenges and perspectives of today’s workplaces.
When I’m not solving acoustical problems, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and our amazing three children. I love Texas high school football and local history and enjoy serving as a city commissioner on my local planning and zoning board.
Mac Poe- Senior Sales Engineer - East
Mac has a strong passion for helping build custom acoustic solutions for various client needs. With a strong background in Sales and Customer relations, Mac brings a lot of energy to the team.
Mac started with the company in 2016 in a support role and quickly expanded his knowledge in many facets of the company, transitioning into his current sales position.
When Mac is not at work you can find him spending time with his beautiful wife Mary Paige, on the golf course, or rocking out to 80s hair bands.
Patrick Woods- Director of Support
Serving in a multi-functional role for the company, Patrick enjoys the fast pace environment that parallels his position. Patrick has both a background in construction and accounting. Born and raised in the great state of Kansas, he and his wife, Laura, moved to Texas after a brief stint in Alaska.
When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys. He will also not hesitate to tell you about his love for the Royals and Kansas Jayhawks.
Kristin Barnett- Design Liaison
Kristin brings her high-energy personality and almost a decade of experience building professional relationships to Speech Privacy Systems. She loves the energy of working with a motivated team to accomplish big goals.
Away from the office, Kristin is a mother of 4 who enjoys a little chaos. An aspiring runner, she’s still working on that first mile. Movie Theater popcorn is her love language
April Nadar- Project Manager
I was born and raised north of Houston, Texas with my twin sister, Brittany. I married my high school sweetheart in 2011 and we have one beautiful daughter. I graduated from Texas A&M in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. Gig ‘Em Ags! My family moved to Dallas, Texas after living in Hawaii for 2 years while my husband pursued his passion for leading worship.
Before joining the team at Speech Privacy Systems, I stayed home with my daughter and helped in our church’s children’s ministry. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, I worked as a Design Engineer for 3 years in an Oil and Gas Company. While there, I realized my passion for managing projects and am now pursuing my dream job at Speech Privacy Systems.
Giselle White- Project Manager
Giselle has a unique 30-year background in sales, administration, project management, customer-focused and elegant leadership on multimillion-dollar development projects, strategic planning and business development with entrepreneurs, companies and non-profit organizations. She is recognized for mentoring, coaching and having strong analytical skills while maintaining the integrity and visionary leadership with exceptional customer service, and communication skills, as well as highly regarded for her “Get it done” attitude and approach to business. Giselle most recently joined the team at Speech Privacy Systems as one of their Project Managers.
Born in NYC and raised by exploring new worlds and culture, by the age of 8, Giselle had lived in NYC, Bermuda, Canada, Atlanta and California. When Giselle is not at work or spending time with her husband Mitch and their two adult daughters, she enjoys doing what she does best: being a fixer, motivating, encouraging, along speaking Life into whomever she comes in contact with. Giselle also is an active Fervent Servant in her local church.
Janice Reynolds- A/R Manager
With 30 years of experience managing client accounting departments at advertising, post-production and publishing companies, Janice utilizes her background in Accounts Receivable to help keep cash flow humming in a positive direction at Speech Privacy Systems. She earned a BS degree in Business and Management at University of Redlands and is always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge in areas of interest to accomplish personal and professional goals.
In her spare time, Janice loves hanging out with her family, reading sci-fi and mystery novels and enjoying creative interests: illustrating, painting, and writing.
MK Anderson- Office Manager
Mary Kay Anderson (or MK as she likes to be called) began her career with Speech Privacy Systems in 2014. She quickly worked her way to the position of Office Manager and is responsible for helping to manage the day-to-day operations. MK brings over 30 years of management & leadership experience to her role, having begun supervising staff at the age of 17 while working at a movie theater. She has an extensive industry background in office management and operations.
MK’s passions are her family and friends, sports and spending hour after hour cross-stitching patterns, which adorn the walls of her home.
We make workers’ lives better by improving the environments they work in.
Values Determine Character
As an organization, we believe what someone does reveals what they value most.
The way someone answers the existential questions of life determines their values, which in turn determine their character and behavior. As a result, we believe our accountability to the God who created us plays out in the following individual and corporate ways:
INTEGRITY: THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH SPS IS BUILT. WE WILL STAND WHOLE AND UNDIVIDED IN OUR MORAL PRINCIPLES. WE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT EVEN IF NO ONE IS LOOKING AND EVEN IF IT IS NOT IN OUR BEST PERSONAL INTEREST.
ACCOUNTABILITY: WE WILL HOLD OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE REGARDLESS OF POSITION AND WITHOUT RETRIBUTION IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER.
RESPECT: WE WILL TREAT OTHERS WITH RESPECT INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY. REGARDLESS OF HOW SOMEONE TREATS US WE WILL RESPOND WITH RESPECT; WE ALONE CONTROL HOW WE RESPOND.
EXCELLENCE: IN ALL WE DO, WE WILL CONTINUALLY WORK TO BECOME BETTER, TO DO BETTER, AND TO ACHIEVE MORE.
Moving Beyond Business
Ultimately the products we sell can only do so much. The work environment and the tools you use can play a pivotal role in making it easier for you to accomplish more – but ultimately these tools were only designed to address the physical problems associated with most office environments and workstations. They can do little to address our need, as people, for our work to make a real difference and offer us some sense of fulfillment and purpose.
A few years back, Monster.com had a great ad that tapped into the life-sapping nature of many careers:
The problem with the ad, of course, is that deep down, most of us know that the internal fulfillment we dreamed of growing up doesn’t come from any particular job. We know it’s a bigger issue than a nameplate or spot in the corporate hierarchy.
We want to know that the 2000 or so hours a year we spend at work accomplish something significant, don’t we? We want to accomplish more with that big chunk of our lives than simply paying the bills. While this is an admirable and responsible goal, the need for it to have some kind of lasting significance seems to be a pretty universal need in humans.
At Speech Privacy Systems, we’re no different. We really do want to improve your quality of life – not just to sell you a product. Like anyone else, we often struggle between the competing priorities of running a profitable business and giving our customers the best value possible. However, we do feel like we’re somewhat unique in that, in addition to our corporate mission statement, we also operate from a common spiritual mission statement. We believe only the Biblical message adequately addresses the struggle for significance that most of us face in our personal and professional lives.
The Solution to a Universal Problem
The opening pages of the Bible describe the ancient circumstances that resulted in our present reality. In the event commonly referred to as “The Fall,” Adam and Eve rebelled against God, resulting in a corruption of the entire world. Not only would humans grow old, get sick, and die, but now we have a nasty (and visible) tendency toward self-destructive thoughts and habits. You see this clearly at work or on the evening news. Personal relationships suffer from this corruption, leaving us feeling isolated and alone, and our work often feels totally meaningless.
This is the fate the Fall doomed us all to. But there is reason to hope for something more. God sent His Son to reverse all this, and in the end, the world will be remade as God always intended it to be. Human relationships will be restored, peace and justice will be universal, and our days will be spent in doing things that truly have lasting significance both for us and for those around us. This last part is often overlooked in the Gospel message, but it’s undeniably there.
For us, this changes how we think about what we do here and now. We are in business not just to support our families, but because we feel like this provides a medium to in some way fulfill God’s command to make the world a little more like its original ideal.
What This Means:
- We will do everything we can to find the best solution for you, in order to make your work environment as good as possible. We will deal with you in an honest and forthright manner and in every case, we will do our best to balance meeting your needs in a cost-effective way with the financial realities of running a successful business. We do not believe these are mutually exclusive, but are actually complimentary goals, since a successful business seeks the highest good of its customers. Con artists don’t typically stay in business long.
- Since we are committed to your highest good, we would also love the chance to help you improve your “inner environment,” as well – to help you discover the same meaning and purpose we have begun to find through Christ’s new creation project in each of us. It’s not that we have it all together all the time, and we won’t do this perfectly. But we’re trying. In the meantime, we ask for your patience with us.
We sincerely appreciate the chance to work with you and we look forward to helping you get the most out of both your personal and professional life.
Thanks again for your time.
Speech Privacy Systems