Paul Akers

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Paul Akers
Paul Akers leading a meeting at Fastcap.jpg
Akers teaching workers
Born (1960-05-07) May 7, 1960 (age 59)
Other namesPaul A. Akers
Alma materBiola University
OccupationAuthor, business owner
Notable work
2 Second Lean, Lean Health, Lean Travel

Paul Akers is an American author and businessman.[1]


Akers is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company that specializes in woodworking tools.[2]

Akers started building guitars with his mentor Bob Taylor at Taylor Guitars and Musical Instruments in California right out of high school. He then graduated with a degree in education from Biola University and started his career in inner-city ministry in the Los Angeles area as a pastor with his wife Leanne. [3] He worked as a teacher, and then as a carpenter. In his garage in 1997, Akers developed his first product: the FastCap. It was a technique to cover and hide screw holes with a tiny adhesive cap that blends in with the wood around it.

That idea turned into a manufacturing business. Overwhelmed with a multitude of tasks, personnel, and major financial decisions he faced on a daily basis Akers began using the concepts of Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System (TPS). Which he credits for propelling FastCap forward.[4]

Akers is also an author, lean teacher, youtuber,[5][6] and works as a speaker and consultant offering advice to companies and organizations.[4]

Political life[edit]

In 2010 Akers set his sights on politics, running for the US Senate as a Republican.[7] He was defeated in the primary by Dino Rossi.[8]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2018-04-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Steve Olenski, " What_Every_Marketer_Can-Learn_by_Going_Lean", Forbes
  3. ^ "Fastcap Founder Paul Akers – A Bellingham Innovator - Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism". 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2018-04-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The American Innovator". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  6. ^ Graban, Mark (2010-10-14). "A Breath of Lean Positivity - Paul Akers and FastCap – Lean Blog". Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  7. ^ "Bellingham entrepreneur Paul Akers sets his sights on U.S. Senate". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  8. ^ "August 17, 2010 Primary - Federal". Washington Secretary of State. 21 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-08-21.