President of FastCap and author of 2 Second LEAN
LEAN is Simple
Paul Akers has taken his manufacturing business from the garage to worldwide distribution in 17 years by pursuing one goal —serve the customer by improving every day; with one ground rule—keep LEAN simple.
FastCap, with a product catalog of over 600 woodworking tools, now has 2,400 distributors in 40 countries. Paul credits the astounding business growth to a fun, dynamic culture in which each of the employees puts into practice at least one two-second improvement per day. He developed the culture by hiring the right people, relentlessly teaching and reinforcing the eight wastes, and empowering people to experiment. His lessons aren’t all orthodox, but he swears by them and so do many other businesses. Come here Paul speak and learn 2-Second Lean, you will be shocked how simple and fun it really is!
Paul Akers is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, speaker, LEAN maniac! He is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company with distribution in over 40 countries. FastCap, based in Ferndale, Washington, launches 30+ new innovative products each year and is regarded as a model LEAN manufacturer. Paul discovered Toyota Production System (TPS) in 2000 and this newfound knowledge helped him and his wife Leanne take FastCap from a small start up in their garage into the successful product development company it is today. Paul has written three books, 2 Second Lean and Lean Health, and Lean Travel.