464: Twelve Minute Convos w/ Jim Akers

Jim Akers-

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

“Breakthrough” 2013

“Tape Breakers” Coming Soon

Blog: jimdakers.com  


Social Media:    Twitter: JimAkers1

Instagram: jimdakers

Facebook: Impactful Notes

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