Turfgrass Producers of Florida is pleased to welcome author and writer Nathan Whitaker as the featured speaker for our annual meeting lunch on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey in the Hills. The lunch kicks off the day and a half 2018 Growing Better TPF Annual Meeting & Field Day.
The Annual Meeting lunch is the kick-off event for TPF’s Growing Better, a day and a half event which includes an afternoon skeet shoot and evening reception and dinner on Thursday at the Mission Inn, followed by an on-farm Field Day on Friday, May 4 at Lake Jem Farms in Mount Dora. TPF’s Field Day will feature tabletop and equipment displays and demonstrations, along with networking time and lunch, courtesy of Everglades Farm Equipment. The event is open to sod producers and industry professionals; regular registration will begin on February 1.
About Nathan: Voted by his peers as “The Person Most Likely to be Standing Alone, Lost and Awkward at a Cocktail Party,” Nathan Whitaker is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Quiet Strength, and the founder of Whitaker Partners, LLC, a firm specializing in the representation of coaches and front office personnel.
A two-sport athlete in baseball and football at Duke University, he played for Steve Spurrier on Duke’s most recent ACC Championship football team and graduated cum laude with a degree in English and Political Science in 1991. Following that, he graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1994, at which point he began his varied professional journey. He initially spent two years as a law clerk for William Terrell Hodges, a United States District Judge, and then practiced in general business litigation and employment law with Smith, Helms, Mulliss & Moore, LLP in Greensboro, NC. Whitaker left the firm in 1998 to join the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he was
responsible for the club’s football operations and budgeting, as well as working with the salary cap and player contract negotiations. After two seasons with the Jaguars, he switched conferences and Florida coasts to work for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was in Tampa, while working on legal, salary cap and scouting matters that he worked alongside Tony Dungy.
In 2004, he embarked on a three-year journey to write a book, a portion of which time he also was employed as the Director of Community at Van Dyke United Methodist Church in Lutz, Florida. During this time he also founded Whitaker Partners, LLC, in which he and his father, a Gainesville, Florida attorney, assist coaches and administrators with the professional and personal matters of their lives. The book-writing journey finally culminated with the July 2007 release of “Quiet Strength,” Tony Dungy’s memoir. Since its release, it has become one of the best-selling hardcover sports autobiographies ever, is the longest-tenured sports-related book in the top ten of the NYT hardcover, nonfiction list, and has over a million and a half copies in print. He has also co-authored the New York Times bestsellers “Uncommon” (NYT hardcover, advice list at #2) , “The Mentor Leader” (NYT hardcover, advice list at #2) “You Can Do It!” (NYT children’s list at #1), “You Can Be a Friend” (NYT children’s list at #2), “Through My Eyes” with Tim Tebow (NYT hardcover, nonfiction list at #6), “Uncommon Marriage,” “The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge,” and has also co-authored others, including “Role of a Lifetime” with James Brown of CBS Sports.
Whitaker currently lives in Florida with his wife two daughters, and two rescue dogs, Daisy and RickyBobby, who no longer seem sufficiently grateful.