Me in a Nutshell (Figuratively)

The Informal Version

Through God’s grace I have had the experience of my first book selling over a million copies, and I’ve had ten other books hit the New York Times bestsellers list as well (two books reaching #1, the third, fourth and fifth books getting bogged down at #2, the sixth at #6).  Coincidentally, these books were co-authored with Tony Dungy (nine of them) and Tim Tebow, who seem to be fairly well known in their own right.

Before writing, I bounced around a bit, to put it nicely.  I practiced law with a huge law firm in North Carolina, clerked for a U.S. District Judge, worked in ministry and was a member of the Player Personnel Departments of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  None was quite my cup of tea, but I’m awfully proud to be able to say that some of those positions I actually left voluntarily.

I attended undergrad at Duke University, and hold post-graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and the University of Florida, which means that my rooting interests are always covered, no matter the sports season.

In addition to writing, I am a principal in Whitaker Partners, LLC, which represents college and professional coaches and administrators, and am a co-founder of Impact for Living, Inc., which helps people reach their full potential.  I also speak publicly on teamwork, leadership, changing careers, reaching your full potential, writing, and sports management. Not all together.

My family and I currently live in Florida.

The Formal Version

If for some reason you need a more formal biography of me for some little shrine that you’ve set up somewhere, here is one that we came up with:

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 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, Role of a Lifetime with James Brown, The Impact For Living One Year Daily Devotional, and others.

Whitaker currently lives in Florida with his wife, two daughters, and two rescue dogs, Daisy and RickyBobby, who no longer seem sufficiently grateful.