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Installation of Officers - Holger Knaack President of Rotary International Presiding

President 2020-21

Rotary Club of
Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln  

Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.

He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.

A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.

He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and was co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.

Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.

President 2020-21

Rotary Club of Chicago

Erik Cempel, PE, PMP, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago for 10 years. He is focused on having a measurable impact on the community, particularly in education. Erik has served as Programs Chair, on the International Service Committee, and as JOB1 Business Relations lead for our Club’s
jobs and scholarships program for Chicago’s disadvantaged youth.

Erik joined Rotary at the urging of his wife, a Rotarian from South Korea, in order to network. He has stayed in Rotary due to the fellowship, service, and the ability to learn about diverse fields while surrounded by service-oriented individuals.

Erik also is President of the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation, delivering STEM programs to Chicago schools, providing $120,000 in scholarships annually to Chicago students, and then offering career development and mentoring to those awardees. He is the founder and past chair of the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) Chicago Chapter; he was a long-time board member for the Illinois Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and served as scholarship chair and Midwest District Conference chair. He currently serves on ITE International’s Advocacy Committee.

Professionally, Erik has 19 years’ local, national, and international experience in the planning and implementation of transportation infrastructure and policy. He currently runs his own consulting firm, Cempel International Transportation Consulting. Previously, he was Amtrak’s Program Manager for the implementation of the $1 billion Chicago Union Station Master Plan. For most of his career, Erik was a Principal of Cambridge Systematics, where he led transportation planning studies around the world and was regional manager for staff in the central US. He also worked for two years as a researcher at the Korea Transport Institute. He shares his transportation and global experience as a guest lecturer at DePaul University. Erik graduated with a Master’s degree in Transportation Systems from Cornell University with a minor in Urban Planning.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:10 PM until 1:30 PM

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Rotaract Club of Chicago

Mailing Address:
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 
Meeting Reservations:
All welcome, please register in advance in CALENDAR.
Virtual Office:
(3 1 2) 3 7 2 - 3 9 0 0
(not located at ULC)