Barb Kyes - Business and Executive CoachBarb Kyes, Managing Partner at ActionCOACH Tampa Bay, has successfully incorporated the nurturing and caring traits that once made her a great nurse into her career as a business coach and executive leader.

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Now, instead of diagnosing and treating patients she is assessing companies and coaching corporate leaders. Before ActionCOACH, Barb successfully operated 3 home-based businesses and as a consultant, wrote the business plan for a Seattle-based medical coding company to enter the Florida market.  That company was later successfully sold by its owner based on its track-record of creating its national footprint.  Barb is the true entrepreneur of the team who can see both the big picture and the important details.

Leader and Coach

ActionCOACH Tampa Bay was founded by Barb and her husband Ford in 2007. Within the first few months, Barb attended her first ActionCOACH regional conference where ActionCOACH founder, Brad Sugars, recognized her with the “Action Man Award” for her leadership in developing systems for other starting firms. Since then, Barb has demonstrated an unparalleled aptitude for success as a business coach. She trains leaders in both large and small firms and has led coaching engagements with multi-million dollar companies. Barb has received both regional and national recognition in publications like Forbes Magazine for her professional accomplishments and more importantly, her clients have also been recognized both locally and nationally for their dramatic improvements. As the leader of one of the most successful coaching firms in the world, consistently in the top 10 firms globally and ranking number 1 and 2 in the U.S., she has been setting a standard and model for other coaches and business owners across the global organization.

Barb Kyes Business Coach

Barb also continued her training by completing a leadership planning course with Gazelles, which is based on the principles of Vern Harnish’s best-seller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. Barb’s leadership and relationship with high quality assessment and profiling national company has allowed us to bring expertise and quality to testing and translating the results into actionable steps for businesses, executives, and leadership teams. Just recently, Barb and Ford traveled to San Diego, California for a 2-day assessment course with Dr. Tony Alessandra to learn from the expert himself on how to use communication, motivational, and critical-decision making assessments to bring back to our clients in the local marketing to impact the results of their teams, recruitment and sales.


In her spare time, Barb has volunteered her talents to help numerous nonprofits. She has also served in a leadership capacity with her local chambers of commerce, serving as founding chair women of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Academy Alumni Association and a faculty member in the chamber’s Master’s Academy Program. She was also a perennial judge for the chamber’s Small Business Awards and its Women of Distinction Business Awards. Barb was a finalist for 2010 and 2011 St. Petersburg Chamber Women of Distinction, Businesswoman of the Year. Barb was named a finalist of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Business Woman of the Year Award, which included over 300 nominations—the largest response since the awards began in 2004. Recently Barb has volunteered her time as a Rotarian in the Rotary of St. Petersburg organization and was elevated to the Director of Membership for her chapter for 2014-2015 leadership year.

Barb Kyes Executive CoachingTo Barb, the key to successful business coaching is building a strong connection with those she is coaching. Barb’s always had an uncanny ability that seems like a sign on her forehead saying “you can talk to me” which she now uses to create a safe place for business leaders and family owned businesses to be candid about the undiscussed conflicts so the root of the challenge can finally get on the table to be resolved. Barb aims to make each and every one of her clients feel as though they are a part of her own family. That is why there is nothing more rewarding to Barb than watching her clients grow to new heights and have both personal and professional breakthroughs.

As a strong entrepreneurial leader, Barb’s accomplishments are a great testimony to the coaching and wisdom she shares with her clients. A self-starter by nature who has launched and operated several businesses, Barb understands the challenges business owners face.

Certified With the Center for Executive Coaching

cec-certification-digital-seal-blue-font-2Barb continues to expand on the value of ActionCOACH Tampa Bay by continuing her education through certification programs. The Center for Executive Coaching Certificate teaches the intellectual knowledge and coaching materials that have been proven with results by thousands of executives around the world and accredited by the International Coach Federation. Being a Certified Executive Coach not only means that Barb and the rest of our certified business coaches are focused on innovation and investment, but also on bringing yet another layer of value to our current and future executive clients.

Contact Barb Kyes of ActionCOACH Tampa Bay!

Contact us today and let Barb help your business flourish! There is no reason to put off success. Along with the entire ActionCOACH Tampa Bay team, Barb will help you realize all your professional dreams!

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