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Paul Akers is founder and president of FastCap LLC, a product development company manufacturing products for the contractor/cabinetmaking, coffee, tech, surfing and gardening industries. After Paul discovered Lean and the Toyota Production System (TPS), Fastcap became even more successful. In 13 years, Paul and his wife, Leanne, built FastCap from their garage into a multi-million dollar company. Paul became passionate about Lean, wrote 2 Second Lean, and was named Business Executive of the Year by Seattle Business magazine. Paul's passion is helping people discover their full potential and teaching others how to implement Lean thinking for their own business and personal success.
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