Dean Akers has been helping companies grow to their full potential for more than 40 years. After successfully growing and selling his own company, he founded Adjunct CEO which has been helping CEOs become more effective leaders for more than 25 years. He teaches empowerment and the skills of working on the business, not in the business. Over the years he’s worked with a wide range of businesses which has led him to the conclusion that, “All businesses are the same.”
Dean says his best attribute in business his ability to, “think like a child,” meaning he has very few filters and eliminates the self-talk that hurts so many business leaders. He is a master at uncovering the obvious and can help you and your executive team take your filters off while examining your company.
- Adjunct CEO
- Jan 1992 – Present
- Adjunct CEO has been around for 25 years and provides CEOs with support, information and coaching to make them more effective. The Adjunct CEO team can also provide temporary CEO functions for companies that may be going through a transition. Head Coach and Founder of The Condo Coaches
HEAD COACH AND FOUNDER OF THE CONDO COACHES
Nov 2016 – Present
Condo Coaches offers support to Boards of Directors and Property Owners through advice, ideas, and unbiased help. Condo Coaches produces a weekly underwritten radio show that we syndicate across the State of Florida and stream on iTunes, Stitcher, and YouTube. They have helped people in over 48 states.
Chief Operating Officer of LM Funding, LLC
May 2016 – Feb 2018
Adjunct CEO of Nexxtworks Inc.
June 2015 – Dec 2015
Adjunct CEO of HemWell America
Dec 2013 – June 2015
HemWell America is setting Medical Practices up with a Revolutionary Medical Device, “Ultroid,” to cure one of the largest unserved chronic health problems in the USA, Hemorrhoids. No one talks about them but based on the estimated number of unserved people that, “suffer in silence,” the industry is a 10 billion+ dollar market. The HemWell Affiliates will have the benefit of learning how to help the suffering and increasing practice revenue. As CEO it was my mission to drive the awareness of this issue and create a national brand to service this large Patient Base.
University of Florida
- Bachelor of Science, Advertising
- Activities and Societies: President of Beta Theta Pi, Social Chairman Beta Theta Pi, A member of the Inter Fraternity Council Presidents Group.
Lakeland High School
- Activities and Societies: Jr Lions
- Davis Island Civic Association
- Was President and worked with Various other groups to create consensus of all the various groups to establish priorities for future initiatives. The most notable were the Lineal Park at the South End of the neighborhood and the setting up of a committee to save the Community Pool.
Board of Fellows
- The University of Tampa
- Dates volunteered: Jan 2013 – Present
- Sykes Business School Advisory Board
- The University of Tampa
- Dates volunteered Jan 2016 – Present
- CEO Council Of Tampa Bay Inc
- Dates volunteered Jan 1997 – Present
Dean has mastered the art form of seizing opportunities in any situation. As a University of Florida graduate he joined a company in Lakeland, Florida as a warehouse runner. By the age of 28 he was made the COO/Vice President of Sales. It was during the recession of the 80’s. Using his unique business philosophies, he was able to take this organization from 50 million in sales to 103 million in 2 years using the same 300 folks that did 50 million.
At 30 he wanted his own business, so he bought a chain of tire stores. This became a fix it program. He grew it from a financially broke company to the leading commercial tire company in the state of Florida. He sold it to Don Olson tire and retired at age 40.
After about 2 months of this wonderful retirement, Dean’s wife came into his home study and said, “I married you for better or worse, not for lunch. You need to go do something.” After getting calls from business owners he started the Adjunct CEO and is still helping people and companies.
His Adjunct CEO program led him to take over 2 construction companies that had over 150 million dollars in overdue / underperforming work across the state of Florida. This led him to start Akers Construction. He grew that in the 90’s slowdown from startup to 36 million in sales over 4 years and sold it to a larger company and went back into retirement again.
In 2005 he was approached by the founders of Ideal Image to help them as their Adjunct CEO with strategy. He did and became a stockholder and the full time CEO. He grew the company from a single location in south Tampa to 65 locations across the United States doing 70 plus million dollars in sales. The company had a successful exit for 175 million dollars in 2011.
After Ideal Image he began speaking at and helping companies across the US seize their opportunities. Some of the recent companies he has helped include, Airheads Trampoline Centers, Sims Crane Service, Nexxtworks IT Company, LM Funding, and Lifestyle Lift.
Dean knows more about the good, bad, and the ugly of working capital than anyone else I’ve ever met. He’s an uncommon resource: a CEO’s CEO.
Retired Salesman and teacher at Mark Fitzgerald
Dean is a motivator and an inspirational business and personal friend. I value our connection and would recommend him to any endeavor he aspires to!
Director at Restaurant Support Services
Mr. Akers is a very dynamic business professional and Author. He is my business inspiration.
Soteria Enterprise, Inc.
Dean is a true professional, knowledgeable business executive that understands people do business with people. Dean taught me how to read and understand people and what’s most important to them. There is no doubt my success in sales was influenced by Dean’s teachings.
Major Account Manager at DEX Imaging
Dean is very capable of honing in on the key issues and determining the right direction for a business.
CEO at Carino Holdings, LLC