|2018||Feb 5||Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association||Vancouver, BC||Canada||Sandra Wood|
|2018||Feb 27||Ace Hardware Symposium||Chicago, IL||USA||Susanna Sterling-Bodnar|
|2018||Mar 14||Lean Leadership Innovation Summit||San Juan||Puerto Rico||Carlos Jimenez|
|2018||Apr 2||Japan Study Mission #18||Nagoya||Japan||Paul Akers|
|2018||Apr 9||Japan Study Mission #19||Nagoya||Japan||Paul Akers|
|2018||Apr 16||Japan Study Mission #20||Nagoya||Japan||Paul Akers|
|2018||Jun 4||CME Canadian LEAN Conference||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Canada||Melanie Rennie|
|2018||Jul 16||Manino Event||Reykjavik||Iceland||Pétur Arason|
|2018||Jul 23||Seating Matters||Limavady||North Ireland||Martin Tierney|
|2018||Sep 12||Global Lean Leadership Summit||Windeck||Germany||Michael Althoff|
|2018||Oct 22||Korea Study Mission #1||Korea||Paul Akers|
|2018||Nov 05||Japan Study Mission #21||Kyushu||Japan||Paul Akers|
|2018||Nov 12||Japan Study Mission #22||Kyushu||Japan||Paul Akers|
|2018||Nov 26||Japan Study Mission #23||Kyushu||Japan||Paul Akers|
Interested in having Paul speak?
If you are interested in having Paul speak on 2 Second Lean, Lean Health, and Lean Travel, please contact Paul via the following:
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After almost 2 decades of learning and doing Lean, Paul’s goal is to change the world by unraveling the mystery of how to build a Lean culture. Lean is no longer a management tool or accessory to building a successful organization. Lean is the THE WAY to build organizational health that it is fun, simple, with total participation. Astounding results awaits for anyone who has courage and is humble enough to learn it’s magic.
Paul will take you on a journey to shop floors around the world to demonstrate what Lean looks like in a vast array of dynamic cultures.
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Is Paul scheduled to speak at your event? Here is a checklist of items needed:
- A podium that will hold a laptop and has a power plug
- HDMI connector with a separate audio 3.5 connector (I can use the VGA adapter, if necessary)
- Lapel mic
- Time in the room at least one hour before the talk starts to check all technical issues
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Paul Akers’ Biography
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Paul Akers is passionate, but he’s most passionate about continuous improvement and spreading Lean thinking to as many people around the world as possible. Paul doesn’t just talk about Lean he does it every day with everything, from his company to the way he manages his home and his health. If you want to get hooked on Lean, watch a few of his videos and you might never be the same!
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.
The grandchild of Greek immigrants, Paul was born and raised in Southern California. At the age 14 he became an Eagle Scout, at 16 he built his own guitar and earned the attention of guitar builder Bob Taylor, who mentored and eventually put Paul to work for Taylor Guitars.
Paul graduated with honors from Biola University and then went to work in Pasadena restoring historic homes and teaching High school industrial arts.
In 2000, Paul discovered Lean manufacturing or Toyota Production System (TPS). 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.
In 2010 Paul ran for the US Senate in Washington State on a Lean platform of transforming government by developing Lean thinking as a key strategy for all government organizations.
Paul is an avid outdoorsman and 2 time ironman that surfs, runs, swims, bikes, and has summited many 14,000 foot mountains, including Mt. Kilimanjaro, and trekking to Everest Base Camp. He is also an instrument-rated pilot and has flown his plane all over the world, including 3 North Atlantic crossings in a single engine aircraft.
Paul is an energetic speaker whose core passion is helping people discover their full potential
and showing others how to implement Lean in their business and personal life. Paul’s passion for
Lean has taken him around the world to over 70 countries to work and speak.
“I would like to share with you an excellent feedback on your presentation on Lean Forum Bratislava. Your part got the highest score, 4.9 from 5!…”
“A huge thank you to you, Paul, and everyone at FastCap, from myself and everyone at Klime Ezee.”
“To anyone discovering Paul Akers and FastCap videos for the first time, I have been implementing this methodology (would you call it that paul?) over the past 6 months into my company in the UK with PHENOMENAL results!”
“Paul was the best and most inspiring speaker I have heard in the two years I have been at Cambia.”
“I learned a lot from Paul’s examples of eliminating waste using Lean. I took ideas back with me that I can implement.”
“Very engaging. A dynamic speaker with great voice quality, presence, and command of the room. Great visual presentation tools. Nice balance of humor and insight to drive home the and reinforce his message see waste, and eliminate waste through continuous process improvement.”
“Mr. Akers was very gracious. He did not mind, rather encouraged, interruption, kept the content easy to understand and very interesting and the time seemed to fly by. I plan on reading his book and will incorporate the idea of looking for waste and eliminating it not only at work but at home.”
“Best two hours ever!”
Check out this Forbes Article on Lean and FastCap called What Every Marketer Can Learn By Going Lean.