Christian Leadership to Change the World
Regent Leaders in the World: Nathan Tabor
CBN.com One minute Nathan Tabor is on the phone advising a political candidate about his or her internet strategy; the next minute he’s working on a new book or running one of the several successful businesses he owns. Whatever he is doing, Tabor has a knack for turning ideas into reality.
TheConservativeVoice.com, the website Tabor began in 2004 as his personal weblog, was one such idea. “When I graduated from Regent I had all these great ideas, but no one would publish me,” Tabor recalls. “TheConservativeVoice.com allows people who want a voice — individuals or organizations — a place to share their thoughts.” Founded on principles of faith, family and freedom, the site has emerged as a grassroots forum for conservative political thought, allowing anyone with an email address to submit
articles for publication with a click of the mouse.
Out of TheConservativeVoice.com sprang another of Tabor’s ideas —TCVmedia.com, a web design and consulting company. Like TheConservativeVoice.com, it began small, but soon burgeoned into a robust young business. Starting with website offerings to small businesses in the North Carolina triad, (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point), TCVmedia.com now offers political services, including campaign and fundraising initiatives and viral marketing. Among its political clients, Tabor’s consulting company currently serves both a presidential and gubernatorial candidate. Meanwhile, Tabor and TCV Media are involved in launching “campaign in a box,” an innovative web-based template for electoral victory.
How did TCV Media get off the ground? “We designed our own website and people asked me if we would design theirs,” Tabor explains. “I guess when you sell $100 million in soybeans in seven years, people think you know what you’re doing,” he laughs good-naturedly.
If past and present successes are any measure, Tabor does know what he’s doing. For seven years he was part owner and vice president of sales and marketing for Revival Soy, the company run by his brother, father and mother, which manufactures and distributes soy protein products. “I left because I felt I was supposed to be doing other things,” Tabor says.
One of those things was writing. Tabor’s first book, The Beast on the East River, takes on the United Nations. His second, Almighty Politics: Why Christians Must Be Involved in the Political System, was released last spring.
By any number of standards, Tabor is a success. And, by his own admission, earning money allows him to do the things he loves, whether it’s starting a new business venture, working with political candidates, writing a new book, supporting an orphanage, or spending time with his family. If it will in some way help to change the world, Tabor wants to be involved. But ask this 34-year-old entrepreneur to prioritize that list, and at the very top is being a good husband and father.
“If we are about changing the world, then those we leave behind to carry on will continue to change the world,” Tabor explains. “For me, Regent’s mission of Christian Leadership to Change the World starts at home.”
Tabor says he found certain running themes while studying at Regent. Finding your niche market, thinking outside the box, being creative and doing the unexpected are ideas that have shaped his thinking most. “Do something people aren’t necessarily accustomed to,” he explains. Being unapologetically bold is okay in Tabor’s estimation. “We have more than 300,000 email addresses in our newsletter database,” says Tabor, “and only seven words in the subject line of each story to grab their attention. We have to use
attention-grabbing titles, and sometimes they may shock.”
Tabor also knows something about grabbing attention himself. He’s run for political office twice and will likely throw his hat into the ring again in the future — another way he believes he can help change the world around him. But that decision will be made with his family. They come first.
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