|Other names||Paul A. Akers|
|Alma mater||Biola University|
|Occupation||Author, business owner, YouTuber|
|2 Second Lean, Lean Health, Lean Travel, Lean Life, Banish Sloppiness|
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. 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.
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- "August 17, 2010 Primary - Federal". Washington Secretary of State. 21 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-08-21.
- "Paul Akers Bio" (PDF). paulakers.net. (Self-published)