Summary of Allan Karl
Allan Karl is a world traveler, adventurer, photographer, author, entrepreneur, and inspirational keynote speaker. He is also a principal of Clearcloud, a digital marketing consultancy that offers brand reengineering and communication and digital marketing communication. With the story of his three-year journey around the world alone on a motorcycle, he inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles, and embrace change. His captivating storytelling and award-winning photography creates a truly memorable presentation that people refers to for years to come for further inspiration.Download Full Bio
Allan Karl is a world traveler, adventurer, photographer, philosopher, author, entrepreneur, and inspirational keynote speaker. He inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles, embrace change, and smile—especially in the face of adversity. And Allan knows how to do these things—he spent nearly three years riding around the world alone on a motorcycle.
During his travels, Allan learned many invaluable lessons and triumphed over many obstacles. His most harrowing challenge occurred on a muddy dirt road, miles from anywhere, and 14,000 feet high in the Andes of Bolivia: Allan crashed his motorcycle and crushed his leg. But this didn't stop him. After a painful recovery, Allan continued his journey and went on to log more than 62,000 miles over five continents and through 35 countries.
Allan recounts tales that are fun, surprising, and always entertaining to remind audiences to take a chance, to pursue dreams, and to connect with people by building strong relationships. A dynamic and inspiring speaker, he shares these messages with captivating storytelling and award-winning photography that address the themes of adventure, travel as education, personal growth, creativity, innovation, tolerance, the environment, effective communication, and the importance of pursuing dreams.
Allan's forthcoming book, The Beginning at the End of the Road, chronicles his three-year odyssey and discusses the places and faces that he encountered along the way, including some 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Allan also understands the world of business. He is a principal of clearcloud, a digital marketing consultancy that offers brand reengineering, brand communications and digital marketing communications strategies, and creative services. Prior to starting clearcloud, Allan founded Wirestone, one of the country's top 50 interactive ad agencies according to Advertising Age. While there, Allan served as director and chief marketing officer and worked with clients that included Apple, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Quest Software.
An industry veteran, Allan has received several advertising and creative awards and is past president and board member of the American Advertising Federation in Orange County. Additionally, he has supported a number of nonprofit organizations, including his service as director of the South Coast Fine Arts Festival to benefit the South Coast Children Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, Alan also lectures, speaks, and leads business-focused workshops on branding, digital marketing, and strategic planning.
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