任高管。他热心公益事业，多年义务在非营利性的青少年救助组织中担任辅导员和高层管 理为美国青少年提供升学，择校，经济援助，以及就业和职业发展方面的指导，并在其中 一个机构中担任执行董事，成功地募集资金扭转了该公益机构资金不足面临关闭的困境。 此外斯蒂芬·奇科恩热爱研究历史，社会，并长期从事写作。著有三部历史题材的学术著 作，三部小说，和几部面向青少年介绍历史和外国文化的书籍。
斯蒂芬·奇科恩热爱旅行和探索各地文化历史风土人情。曾居住于纽约，芝加哥，休斯 敦，旧金山，华盛顿首府，新奥尔良市，和洛杉矶，并花了几年时间游走于美国南部德克 萨斯州，路易斯安那州的乡村，美国东部新英格兰地区和美国西部的小镇。他的足迹还遍 及欧洲和亚洲的各个角落，包括很多偏远和鲜为人知的地方。希腊偏僻的小岛，泰国与缅 甸的边境，西藏，新疆的戈壁，塔克拉玛干沙漠和喀什，敦煌和丝绸之路，还有前苏联包 括西伯利亚，以及中亚各国的历史古城都曾接待过这位好奇有极富冒险精神的旅人。斯蒂 芬·奇科恩对中国历史和中国文化有浓厚的兴趣，曾经游历过中国大部分地区，并长期深 入研究中国历史。他一直义务服务于几个中美友好民间组织中，拥有许多中国朋友，其中 包括留美学生，专业人士和观光访客。
Steve Chicoine is the author of three scholarly books on history, several books for young readers on the history and culture of foreign lands (with his photographs) and three novels. He also has published a number of scholarly articles in academic journals. He is a long-time member of the Authors Guild. His author website is www.freedomhistory.com.
Steve Chicoine has studied Chinese history for decades. He has an extensive library on Chinese history, including the foreign exploration of the western regions of China. He traveled extensively across China on two month-long excursions in the past. His home and library feature Chinese scrolls and handicrafts, as well as antique rugs from Central Asia. He was active with the Foreign Affairs Council, Asia Society, Oriental Ceramic Society, Oriental Rug Study Group and other such groups for a number of years. He worked with National Geographic Society for two years, including a discussion with Gilbert Grosvenor, on a book project about the explorations of the 1920s botanist Joseph Rock in northern Yunnan. He since has devoted a number of hours to an adventure novel set in this time and place.
Steve has a long history of friendship with Chinese professionals, students and travelers to the United States and has been associated with several US/China friendship organizations. In recent years, he was involved for a time working in business development for a Chinese textile company.
Steve Chicoine was born and raised in Illinois. Steve Chicoine has an undergraduate degree in science from the University of Illinois and a graduate degree in engineering in conjunction with extensive studies in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
He has traveled to and from major cities such as New York City and Chicago for most of his life, from childhood through his personal adult life and his professional career. He has spent considerable time in such major cities as Houston, San Francisco, Washington, New Orleans and Los Angeles. He has for many years explored the rural areas of the United States, ranging from South Texas and the Cajun country of South Louisiana to the hamlets of New England to small towns of the Great American West. He has spent considerable time in both corporate America and working as a volunteer and full-time nonprofit executive in the inner city.
Mr. Chicoine had a long corporate career, beginning as a project engineer with Exxon and leading to corporate planning, financial analysis and evaluation & acquisitions with two aggressive independent oil companies. In the last half of his oil & gas career, Mr. Chicoine was a principal and vice president for the oil & gas exploration, acquisition & production activities of the investment arm of multi-billion dollar Bechtel Family of California (Bechtel Group is one of the largest engineering procurement construction companies in the world). He directed a multi-million dollar capital budget and managed a large team of professionals on three continents. In this capacity, he traveled often to Moscow and London and many of the capital cities of Europe and Asia.
Steve volunteered for many years with various nonprofits, particularly those working with disadvantaged youth. He served on the boards of a number of these organizations. One board position led to Mr. Chicoine assuming the role of Executive Director for a failing nonprofit that addressed racial reconciliation. He raised sufficient funds and revamped the organization to address root causes of poverty and empower the unemployed and underemployed in the inner city. Key to that organization was teaching goal-setting and the importance of a college education and a career plan. He also was on the management team of a national scholarship nonprofit as National Director of Community Programs and was Director of Transitional Housing for a nonprofit working with marginalized and alienated youth on the streets. His most recent efforts have been working with a nonprofit that prepares economically disadvantaged students of color for college, including the selection and application process for admission.
Steve Chicoine traveled off the beaten path throughout Europe on many occasions; making friends and staying in private homes. He visited many of the Greek islands.
He experienced the more remote ends of the world as an adventure traveler, journeying extensively throughout Asia. Chicoine hiked along the Thai-Burmese border. He traveled Tibet. He was among the first westerners to visit Xinjiang Province, China when the region was opened to those from the West. He took a train across the Gobi Desert and a bus into the Takla Makan Desert. He traveled the Silk Road, exploring the Cave of the Thousand Buddhas near Dunhuang and the exotic bazaar at Kashgar, the largest market in all of Central Asia. He visited the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan. He was in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan not long after the border opened with Iran. He walked the ruins of Alexander the Great’s city of Merv. He was among the first to visit the remnants of Tekke Turkmen fortress at Geok Tepe, where the Russian General Skobolev won his great victory in 1881. He did extensive research on Skobolev in the Russian archives and libraries. Chicoine solo-traveled throughout Gorbachev’s Soviet Union. He attended Easter Vigil services at the great Russian monastery of Trinity Lavra at Sergiyev Posad. He studied the ground at the historic battlefield of Borodino. He visited settlements of native peoples in Siberia and journeyed in the Caucasus.
Always A Traveler, Never A Tourist