Adventurer, Entrepreneur & Inspirational Speaker
Allan Karl Bio
World traveler, adventurer, photographer, philosopher, author, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, Allan Karl inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles and smile in the face of adversity. And he should know. Allan spent nearly three years riding around the world on a motorcycle.
Along the way, on a muddy dirt road miles from anywhere and 14,000 feet high in the Andes of Bolivia, Allan broke his leg in three places. But this didn't stop him. After a lengthy and painful recovery period, Allan continued his journey, logging more than 62,000 miles over 5 continents and through 35 countries--alone on a motorcycle.
Many people often dream about such a journey. Few pursue it. Fear, uncertainty, doubt and lack of trust or belief stand in the way. Allan's energy, enthusiasm and tenacious drive inspired many as they followed his around-the-world odyssey at www.worldrider.com, an ongoing collection of his narratives, videos, podcasts and stunning photography.
In a forthcoming book, "From the Boardroom to Bolivia and Beyond," chronicling his three-year odyssey, Allan shares the places and faces he encountered during his journey, including visiting some 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tales are fun, surprising and always entertaining while serving to remind us to take a chance, pursue dreams and to connect with people--build strong relationships. And when we do, how easy it is to succeed and achieve goals.
Through his story, Karl reminds us to trust ourselves and trust others, and never forget that we share one world. His experiences remind us of the importance of supporting and aiding our world neighbors, so together we can make the world a safer and healthier place to live and travel.
Karl will also publish a cookbook sharing the unique flavors and foods from many of the 35 countries he visited during his three-year odyssey. "To truly understand different cultures means getting to know the people and the food they eat." The recipes and anecdotes in his cookbook bring world cuisine to any kitchen--fun and easily.
Karl is principal of clearcloud ctc, a creative, technology and communications services consultancy located in Southern California. clearcloud ctc provides clients with brand reengineering, brand communications and online and offline marketing communications strategies and creative services.
Prior to starting clearcloud, Karl founded Wirestone, one of the country's top 50 interactive ad agencies according to Advertising Age. At Wirestone, Karl served as director and chief marketing officer. Karl's client experience includes Apple, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Quest Software, SMC Networks and others.
An industry veteran, Karl has won several advertising and creative awards, and is past president and board member of the American Advertising Federation in Orange County. Additionally, Karl has served a number of nonprofit organizations including acting as a director of the South Coast Fine Arts Festival to benefit the South Coast Children Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A dynamic and inspiring public speaker, Allan shares his message with captivating storytelling and splendid photography that touch themes of adventure, travel as education, personal growth, creativity, innovation, tolerance, environment, effective communication and the importance of pursuing dreams.
A graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, Karl also lectures, speaks and leads business-focused workshops on branding, creative marketing communications and strategic planning.