Amarillo business headlines 2023

ActionCOACH of West Texas will honor client accomplishments at the BizX Awards

Rory Sheppard and his colleagues at ActionCOACH of West Texas announce the forthcoming BizX Awards Ceremony appreciation of their clients. The three-day conference will conclude with a ceremony honoring small firms from around North America and recognizing the “Best of the Best” in the small to medium-sized company sector.

“We have been fortunate to deal with some exceptional customers and business owners. In only two short years, we have witnessed a substantial expansion in their size and influence within our community “Rory Sheppard, proprietor of ActionCOACH of West Texas, stated.

Little Bee’s Playhouse is a nominee for Best Child-Friendly Business and Favorite Neighborhood Business. Midwest Compressor Systems and its CEO David Abshire are finalists in three categories: Manufacturer/Wholesaler/Distributor, Best Overall Company, and CEO of the Year. Additional winners include Crackin’ Crab Seafood Boil Restaurant and Drunken Oyster Cajun Cuisine in the category of Best Full-Service Restaurant, and America’s Best Thrift Shop and English Rose Boutique in the category of Best Retailer. Leif Kertis is a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

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

The 2023 BizX conference and awards ceremony will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville from April 3 to April 6. To learn more about the event.

Family-friendly acquisition of Hills Sport Store

Gene Hill founded a lawn mower and bicycle business on Sixth Street in 1964, which grew to become Amarillo’s largest and most reputable bicycle shop and one of the most well-known cycling shops in Texas.

Hills Sport Store has supplied the Panhandle with bicycles, outdoor leisure equipment, and exceptional customer service for for six decades.

The Hill family has announced that the Fairly family will continue the Hills Sport Shop’s history.

Hills Sport Shop will temporarily close on Friday, March 24 and reopen on Saturday, May 20 with a new staff, well-known in the Amarillo bicycle community, and a bicycle shop fully loaded with the highest-quality bicycles, accessories, equipment, and e-bikes.

Kirk Hill, the company’s current president, stated that the Fairly family was a logical choice to lead Hills over the next quarter-century.

Christian Fairly stated, “Gene and LaVoyda were our next-door neighbors, and we grew up frequenting Hills Sport Store, so it was an obvious choice when Kirk phoned.” “Hills is an Amarillo institution, and we are pleased to reopen this renowned bicycle shop.”

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hills will host a Grand Reopening celebration. The general public is invited to attend Hills’ grand reopening celebration and peruse the greatest assortment of bicycles and accessories in the Panhandle.

Rojo is recognized as the Professional Driver of the Year.

Rose Rojo, at her core, is a servant leader, whether she is coaching new truck drivers, assisting poor children in Honduras on an annual basis, or reaching out to adolescents in her own community.

“I love assisting people,” said Rojo, who was just nominated Professional Driver of the Year by the Truckload Carriers Association. It is my intention to assist others less fortunate than myself.

Rojo has logged over 1.5 million miles for John Christner Trucking in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, since 2016. She stated that she likes trucking since it allows her to go to other parts of the country.

The Amarillo native has gained the admiration of her coworkers for her honesty, excellence, and continuous altruism.

Laura Watkins of JCT remarked, “Rose has gone above and beyond the call of duty here at JCT; she is an excellent driver mentor here.” She is always safe and polite to all staff and customers, going above and beyond to ensure their satisfaction.

According to her coworkers, Rojo enjoys driving a truck, but her main interest is mentoring and assisting abused and neglected children, as well as assisting foster parents in understanding and coping with children from abusive homes. As a survivor of childhood abuse, Rojo offers hope and support to youngsters who are struggling.

The mother of two and grandma of two states, “I am really proud of what I’ve accomplished.” She travels annually to Honduras to assist disadvantaged children and also provides finances for the education and clothes of one youngster there.

She states, “We take so much for granted.” I wish to assist those children.

Watkins observes of Rojo, whether at work or in her own time, “She always gives her all!”

Buckner, a nonprofit organization, has a 93.9% success rate for its Single-Parent Program.

Buckner Children and Family Services, a non-profit organization, claimed a 93.9% success rate for its Buckner Family Pathways program for single-parent families. The initiative, which assisted 166 Texas families in 2022, is intended to assist single parents in obtaining a higher education degree, providing better care for their children, and achieving economic independence.

The success rate of Buckner Family Pathways in 2022 was determined by program completion. Graduation from the program happens when single-parent participants achieve one of the following requirements: graduation with a degree or certificate, transfer to a program leading to a higher degree, or attaining sustained employment and financial independence. Buckner Family Pathways helped 20 families in Amarillo and 166 families around Texas in 2022. This year, two students graduated from the program in Amarillo, and 31 across the state of Texas. Participants in Family Pathways are typically involved in the program for two to four years.

Participants from the previous year indicated a 94% level of satisfaction with the program’s self-defined quality criteria for family strengthening and support.

Marisa Phillips, executive director of Buckner Family Pathways, stated, “It’s not just about completing the program; it’s about achieving something they didn’t believe was possible.” “The ladies with whom I have spoken have continued to achieve success. Their success appears distinct. For some, it’s a salary or cash amount in savings, for others it’s a degree or a career, and for others it’s physical goods such as purchasing a vehicle or a house.”

Buckner Family Pathways provides single parents with affordable housing, child care, parenting skills and money management workshops, counseling, family coaching, mentoring, and conflict resolution tools during their stay in the program. These resources assist in protecting families from domestic violence, financial instability, homelessness, and despair.

At 23%, the United States has the highest number of children living in single-parent families in the world, according to the Pew Research Center. 42% of single-mother households in Texas live in poverty. Family Pathways focuses on the entire family, not just the parents, resulting in generational transformation.

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