Cigar Society of Chicago
"Chasing the
                                    Midnight Sun: Riding a Motorcycle to
                                    the End of the Earth" with
                                    Bryan Whitehead

The Dalton Highway is a 414-mile unpaved road built atop the frozen tundra from Fairbanks, Alaska, to the Arctic Ocean. It was constructed in 1974 to service the newly opened Alaskan oil fields and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. It is the most isolated highway in the US and one of the most dangerous roads in the world. So Bryan made the trip on a motorcycle. Three times. Starting from Chicago.

In 2006 the Dalton Highway was opened to the public, and just 30 months later, our speaker, Bryan Whitehead, resolved to drive his motorcycle over these still-frozen roads to Deadhorse–essentially an industrial compound servicing the burgeoning Alaskan oil fields perched on the Arctic Ocean.

The Dalton Highway has been featured on Discovery Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, BBC’s The World’s Most Dangerous Roads, and on The Long Way Around documentary series, among others. Bryan reports seeing herds of thousands of caribou, musk oxen shedding their winter coats, and arctic foxes scampering across the tundra. Grizzly bears, he says, are known to roam the hallways of the sleeping facilities at night, knocking over trash cans outside the rooms.

Bryan has made this trip three separate times, with no two trips the same. In his presentation, Bryan will talk about his adventures and discuss the changes in the environment that he has observed
from his first trip in 2009 up to his most recent trip in 2016.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
5:30-7:00 pm CDT

Sign in 5:00-5:30 pm for informal cigar and cocktail chatter.
The event will be called to order at 5:30.
There will be a Q&A session following the lecture. Audience participation is invited.
The event will conclude at 7 pm.
An optional cocktail party and discussion will continue after the event.
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Bryan Whitehead is executive director of the Cigar Society of Chicago, and for the past year, he has been a founding partner at The Flowershop LLP. For the previous 20+ years, Bryan had executive-level positions at Stout, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young, where he was responsible for penetrating selected accounts, developing and coaching internal service teams, and creating and sustaining professional relationships with C-level executives at these accounts while giving special attention to key services areas related to risk mitigation, SEC compliance, tax structuring and compliance, IT Strategy and Security, and general business consulting services.  Earlier he had positions at several firms in San Jose, where he was also founder and CEO of a company that developed and marketed computerized automotive service systems. Bryan has a BSB in organizational design, marketing, and political science from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from DePaul University.

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