FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                         March 14, 2023

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ActionCOACH of West Texas To Celebrate

Client Success at BizX Awards Ceremony


Amarillo, Texas - Rory Sheppard and his team at ActionCOACH of West Texas announce their clients' recognition at the upcoming BizX Awards Ceremony. The conference will span three days, culminating in a ceremony to honor small businesses from across North America and recognizing the "Best of the Best" in the small- to medium-business sector.


"We have been blessed to work with some tremendous clients and business owners. We have watched them grow and increase their impact in our community significantly in just two short years," said Rory Sheppard, firm owner of ActionCOACH of West Texas. 


Among the finalists are Little Bee's Playhouse, recognized for Best Child-Friendly Business and Favorite Neighborhood Business; Midwest Compressor Systems and its CEO David Abshire, honored in three categories, including Manufacturer/Wholesaler/Distributor, Best Overall Company and CEO of the Year; and Amarillo Angels, as Best Non-Profit. Other honorees include Crackin' Crab Seafood Boil Restaurant and Drunken Oyster Cajun Kitchen for Best Full-Service Restaurant, and America's Best Thrift Store and English Rose Boutique for Best Retailer. Leif Kertis is a finalist in the category of Young Entrepreneur of the Year.


Kathy Lopez, owner of Little Bee’s Playhouse, said, “It’s exciting to be part of such a great event and to be recognized in two categories, just for doing what we love.” 


Sheppard said his team is proud to coach some of the best small businesses in the Panhandle. 


"This is a significant honor for our local businesses, and it shows they can stand toe-to-toe with other great organizations in North America," he said.


BizX, formerly the Business Excellence Forum and Awards, is powered by its signature sponsor ActionCOACH® and has been held since 2011. The event brings clients and vendors together in one global setting to share best practices and learn powerful, actionable and thought-provoking information to improve their businesses and spark new ideas.


The 2023 BizX conference and awards ceremony will take place April 3 through 6 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. For more information on the event, visit


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