Taber Sullivan was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1969 at Shands Hospital on the campus of the University of Florida. He moved to Venice Florida when he was three-years-old. He attended school in Charlotte, Florida. After graduating high school in 1997, Mr. Sullivan attended the University of Southern Florida. He graduated in December of 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After college, Mr. Sullivan moved to Caracas, Venezuela to teach English to employees of Venezuela’s largest oil company. He taught over the next six months and returned to his home in Florida. He began a new career with the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. Over the next 10 years with this corporation, he cross-trained in every department earning promotion after promotion, leading him to a position in management.
In 2009, Taber Sullivan began a new career with Group Travel Planners, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Group Travel Planners specializes in coordinating travel plans for high school Bands, Choirs and Orchestras on performance trips around the world. If a music ensemble wants to perform at Carnegie Hall or march in the Saint Patrick day parade in Dublin Ireland, our company provides that opportunity for them.
Mr. Sullivan has worked for Group Travel Planners for the past 10 years. He is the number one sales employee for the company. He works from his home office in Venice, Florida. Taber Sullivan is the proud father of five children, two boys, and three girls. His oldest daughter attends Liberty College in Virginia. His oldest son attends Venice High in Venice, Florida. The three youngest children attend school in Venice Florida.
What is your hobby?
My hobby is working out at the gym and taking care of my body.
In what do you participate?
I participate in athletic events such as spartan and savage races.
How did you get started with your hobby?
I started with my hobby over three-years ago when I was a bit overweight. I realized that I needed to make some changes. I have three young children and wanted to give myself the best chance I could to make sure I can watch them grow up. Once I started to see changes, I was motivated to continue on the path that I was on. I made it a lifestyle change for the long-term.
Tell us what you do to work-out.
I work out at my local fitness facility. I love all of the people there. I work out every day. The people there have become my second family. Each of us has become a great support system for one another. We all have different goals. We all started our journey’s at different levels, but we are all in it together. It is always easier to push yourself when you are working out with someone else, rather than by yourself.
Are there any groups that you are a part of or any events that you attend?
I participate in spartan and savage races with the members of my gym. The races consist of obstacles placed on muddy tracks ranging from three to fifteen miles of track. We run as a team and help one another over walls and different obstacles.
Have you had to invest in any equipment and if so, can you share whatever you have bought?
Everything that is needed to run the race is provided at the gym. I have purchased the proper clothing to be able to run. I purchased special shoes I needed to run in the muddier races. I also purchased multi-vitamins that I purchased at GNC.
Where do you get most of your supplies?
I buy my vitamins at GNC, and I buy my clothes online.
Are there any books you would recommend for beginners?
Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible is a great book for beginners. They teach you how to work out with or without equipment, and without everything becoming routine. It is for all ages from elite athletes to beginners. It shows you what you can accomplish in eight minutes, that others cannot accomplish in eight hours. It is an effective and efficient workout routine.
How has this changed your life?
Just beginning my workout, I have more energy and more self-confidence. I am a happier person with a healthier lifestyle.
What advice would you have for others else starting out with this hobby?
I would let a new person just starting out know that it is very difficult when you first start. It is easy to join a gym and attend for a month then quit. My advice to people would be to join a gym that has classes. It is easier when you can be with other people on your fitness journey. You will be consistent. After three months, instead of avoiding going to the gym, you will have changed your lifestyle and you will need it in your routine.
Are there any other hobbies that you have?
I love to coach my children’s sports teams. I coached my older son’s in football and I couch my daughter’s cross-country team.