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Luncheon: President Installation

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Keynote: Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation. A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and as vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

Khaled Akkawi has been a member of ROTARY/One Chicago since 2007, and iscurrently the President-elect for the 2018-2019 term.  He serves on several district 6450 and club committees and also participates in committees focused on providing internships and job training to high school students. He is a Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris +8 and ROTARY/One Foundation Ches Perry Fellow.

For more than 35 years, Khaled has enjoyed a successful career as a serial-entrepreneur, leveraging his operational expertise to build and grow his ventures in retail, tax and consumer services, finance and investment services and real estate.

After earning his MBA in 1991, he owned and operated several Jackson Hewitt franchises throughout the Greater Chicagoland area and received numerous national franchisee awards and recognition for operation and consistent growth in his franchise territories.

Khaled was also one of the founders of the first ever US Arab-American formed federally chartered bank, United Trust Bank, where he served as Vice Chair of the Board. 

Khaled’s current business focus is LIYA Investment Group, Ltd., specializing in residential and commercial real estate investment, development and management. And while, today, Khaled is recognized as a highly accomplished entrepreneur, his story begins with the humble beginnings of the American Dream. 

Khaled immigrated from Jordan to the United States at the age of 15, where he balanced school work and partnering in the family-run grocery business. He continued to play a large part in the grocery business while also completing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from IIT. Shortly thereafter, Khaled quickly discovered that his true passion was business. He never worked a day in his life as an Engineer.

Notwithstanding his drive towards entrepreneurship, Khaled has always been committed to local and global community outreach as well as humanitarian, charitable and community development programs.  Khaled served as a delegate to the Middle East North Africa Economic Summits held in Amman, Jordan and Cairo, Egypt, which were led by US Secretaries of Commerce, Ron Brown (1995) and Mickey Kantor (1996), during President Clinton's administration.  His participation in these delegations provided him with the opportunity for the formation of an Amman-Chicago Sister Cities Committee, an international partnership and network to foster and facilitate best practices through citizen to citizen connections and charitable causes.  As a result of the initial fundraiser, six ambulances were donated and delivered to towns in Jordan.  Khaled also served as an ambassador in a People to People International trip to Amman, Jordan.

Khaled also sponsored and volunteered at various programs involving inner city youth in Chicago.  And for more than 20 years, he has been a valued donor and supporter of the annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Four Stars of Chicago fundraiser.  He is also a founder in the fundraising efforts for the expansion of an orphanage and children's home located in the Middle East.   In 2014, Khaled was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Phoenician Club.  He is also the past Parish Council President of St. John the Baptist Church.

Khaled is fluent in Arabic and enjoys spending time with his family; participating in church activities and programs; attending theater, opera, concerts and sporting events. He is a passionate sailor and a member of the Columbia Yacht Club and the Union League Club.  He is always looking for new adventures and endeavors.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 12:10 PM until 1:20 PM
Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL  60604

Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
The Union League Club has a dress code policy, strictly enforced, of business or business casual. No jeans, tennis shoes or other casual attire. Overcoats must be checked upon arrival in the building lobby.
No Fee


ROTARY/One Foundation

Rotaract Club of Chicago

Mailing Address:
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604 
Meeting Reservations:
All welcome, please register in advance in CALENDAR.
(3 1 2) 8 5 7 - 3 1 6 1
Voice mail  or text message only
Virtual Office:
(3 1 2) 3 7 2 - 3 9 0 0
(not located at ULC)

Khaled Akkawi,

Michael Salamun,
rotaract president

David Phelps,
chief administrative officer

Nancy Phelps,
member services  
Nancy Ashburn,