The Haas Alumni Network East Bay Chapter cordially invites you to spend an evening with Alan Lock, MBA ’11 who, along with fellow Haas graduate Andrew Jensen, will soon head to Antarctica to undertake a unique challenge. Alan and the “Polar Vision” team will look to set a record for the first visually impaired person in history to ski from the coast of Antarctica all the way to the South Pole. Alan, who lost his eyesight during his time in the Royal Navy through macular degeneration, is aiming for the Pole in order to raise awareness of sight issues and support sight – related causes in California and around the globe.

Alan will describe the 500-mile Polar Vision expedition which will take place this December, including film and photos from the team’s training in Northern Canada. Moreover, Alan will also include the story of his successful Guinness Record bid to row across the Atlantic, which he achieved in 2008 after an 8-day, 3,000-mile voyage.

Both Polar Vision and the Atlantic Row reflect the ethos of Haas and the spirit of the Haas community in challenging the status quo and thinking beyond oneself.

More information concerning both projects can be found at www.polar-vision.org and www.atlanticrow4sense.com.

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location:
Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

Parking and BART Access:
Parking is available just east of the building (towards downtown Lafayette). The Lafayette BART Station is about 7/10th of a mile (to the East) from the Veterans Bldg.

Cost:
Alumni and Guests – $20
Students – $10
Walk-ins – $25

Appetizers will be served.

About Alan Lock:
Alan Lock is a former Royal Navy Officer. In late 2003 Alan began to suffer from Macular Degeneration which rapidly destroyed much of his vision and cost him his military career. Despite this, Alan has completed 10 marathons including the 151 mile Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara Desert. In 2008, Alan set a Guinness World Record and raised over $80,000 for charity when he became the first visually impaired person to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Following his medical discharge from the Royal Navy, Alan worked for HSBC Investment Bank, before commending his MBA at Haas in 2009. Alan will shortly start his new role as a Strategy Specialist for BT (formerly British Telecom) in London. Alan, 31, is married to Esther, whom he met while at Haas.
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For questions, contact:
Dean Suzuki: dean.suzuki@gmail.com

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