I am the Founder of Impactful Notes. Impactfulnotes.com is dedicated to “encouraging success one note at a time” by delivering inspirational, motivational and principle based notes designed to help people fulfill their potential.

This is my personal blog.  It is focused on helping people “get success right.”  Getting success right means understanding and prioritizing the roles you play and aligning your time, talent and money with your most important roles in order to become truly invaluable to the people who matter most in your life.

I write about topics that support being intentional about being more, doing more and giving more.  My mission is to help you “get success right” so you can increase the quality of your impact on your family, your work, and your community.

My Biography

My designs on success and achievement started early.  In the third grade, I wanted to be President of the United States.  I changed course my senior year of high school when I told my favorite teacher, Mr. Jones, it was not necessary to complete the recommendation for my application to Harvard because I had decided instead to pursue my dream to play basketball.  I went to Pacific Lutheran University largely to play basketball.  They loved my heart, my ambition, and work-ethic but it was not enough to overcome my lack of height and talent.  Not sure of what I wanted to do I transferred to Washington State University.

While I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, I desired to be the best.

  • Graduated from Washington State University with honors.
  • Awarded “Outstanding Senior in Marketing”
  • Was a “Top College Agent” for Northwestern Mutual Life
  • Awarded Top New Sales Representative Owens-Corning Fiberglas
  • Awarded Sales Builder Owens-Corning Fiberglas
  • Finished M.B.A., Pepperdine University

I authored How to Win The Achievement Game a self-published guide to building a successful life plan.  While in the midst of getting married, completing an M.B.A., and changing jobs I sold nearly 3,000 copies of the book as I spoke on the topics of success and achievement.  After four award-winning years, in commission sales, in my new job, with a wholesale distributor, I was named Vice President of Sales for this $500MM company at the age of 29.

International Paper acquired the company in 1994 and I rose quickly through a number of leadership roles in both distribution and manufacturing.  After cancer prematurely took the life of a family member, we moved back to Southern California in order to support family and I set significant career advancements on the sideline.  My last role was as a Group Vice President for xpedx where I led a $800MM business with 21 locations and 1,200 employees in the west.  In 2013, after 25 years in a senior corporate position, I took the opportunity to pursue my love of coaching, speaking and writing and formed J. D. Akers & Associates.

I have been married to my wife, Kristi, for 32 years.  We have two boys and live in Southern California.

In my free time, I enjoy golfing, golfing and golfing.  I am a member of Mount of Olives Church in Mission Viejo, California where I serve in a variety of capacities.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via e-mail, connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

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8 thoughts on “About

  1. Congratulations on launching your new website and business! I am proud of you because you are living your dream, making a difference by utilizing your greatest gifts and following your passion. You have always been a wonderful friend and I wish you all the best with this exciting venture!

  2. I have spent the last hour reading through your site and about five minutes into it I realized how much I miss your presence in our company. You have a special gift of putting the ABCs to defining and achieving personal and professional goals. You motivated and mentored me as both a competitor and as a colleague and I look forward to following you in your new role.

    • Ron, great to hear from you. I think of you often and appreciate your comments and support. I am privileged to have had the opportunities I have had and look forward to continuing my mission to coach and encourage! Just let me know how I can help and I will do my best to support you.

  3. Hi Jim. I am so glad to see this site and all it’s associated content. I have been struggling to figure out what I could create for myself and my family should I leave xpedx, so I am inspired to see what you’ve accomplished. Congratulations! I will continue to follow you. Take care, Lisa Jonas

  4. Jim,

    You are a great friend and I am not surprised you are doing so well doing something you love and being the best husband, father and son. Keep it up. You inspire me and I’m sure many others!!