Jim Akers earned his B.B.A. from Washington State University, an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a graduate certificate from Stanford University. He has earned sales leadership and performance awards with Northwestern Mutual Life, Owens-Corning Fiberglas, Kirk Paper Company, International Paper and xpedx.
Jim was named Vice President of Sales for Kirk Paper Company at the age of 29. Jim lead sales growth from $350MM to $500MM leading to this privately held company to be acquired by International Paper/xpedx in 1994.
Jim is an author and speaker. Jim authored How to Win the Achievement Game,” and “Breakthrough: 14 Strategies for Breakthrough Performance.” Jim’s newest book, “Tape Breakers, How to Positively Impact the People You Love, The People You Lead, and the Causes that Stir Your Heart,” was released in 2016 and was a “Top New Release” on Amazon..
Jim finished his corporate career off in 2013. As Group Vice President at xpedx Jim lead a $1BB distribution business with 21 locations in the Western U.S. and serving customers around the globe with packaging, custom packaging design, facility supplies, and printing papers. If you have touched an iPad or iPhone you touched Jim’s work at xpedx.
Jim founded ImpACTful Notes in 2013. ImpACTful Notes is a web based service that delivers a unique text message to your smart phone five days a week. Each note is crafted to encourage, inspire, and motivate recipients to live with passion in everything they do.
1981: BBA Washington State University, Marketing
1983: MBA Pepperdine University
1998: Graduate Certificate Advanced Business Management, Stanford University
1980 – 1981 College Agent, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
1981 – 1982 Sales Representative, Owens-Corning Fiberglas
1982 – 1984 Advanced Sales Representative, Owens-Corning Fiberglas
1984 – 1989 Sales Representative, Kirk Paper Company
1989 – 1996 Vice President of Sales, Kirk Paper Company
1996 – 2002 Vice President/General Manager, xpedx
2002 – 2004 Director/General Manager, International Paper
2004 – 2013 Group Vice President, xpedx
2013 – Present Founder, Impactful Notes
Honors & Awards:
1981 Top College Agent, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
1981 Top New Sales Representative, Owens-Corning Fiberglas
1982 & 83 Sales Builder, Owens-Corning Fiberglas
1984 Rookie of the Year, Kirk Paper Company
1985 President’s Club, Kirk Paper Company
1986, 87, & 88 Chairman’s Club, Kirk Paper Company
1996 – 2002 PAR/PAR Excellence, xpedx
2003 & 2005 International Paper Sales & Marketing Award of Excellence
2007 International Paper, Chairman’s Coin
Books & Training Programs
“How to Win the Achievement Game” 1984
TOPIC Selling Program – 1990
“Tape Breakers” Coming Soon
Social Media: Twitter: JimAkers1
Facebook: Impactful Notes
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