Governor, 2018-2019, Rotary International District 6450
Dr. Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau has been a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago since 2001. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Major Donor of the Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society. In 2014, Pedro was elected the 111th President of the Rotary Club of Chicago. Prior to that he served as Club Secretary and Chairman of the Programming Committee. In 2015 he was elected as At Large Member of the District 6450 Board of Directors.
As a member of the International Committee he raised funds for projects in Haiti, Ecuador, Egypt, Mexico and Chicago. He was responsible for the re-installation of the “Rotary Club of Chicago Honorary Way” sign in the corner of Randolph and Dearborn Street in Chicago and for the renovation of the Rotary Centennial Garden at the Chicago lakefront. He is a member of the Rotary Cigar Fellowship and the Rotary Wine Fellowship.
Pedro and his wife Pam have been very active in District 6450 sponsored GSE and Friendship Exchanges and have hosted at their home Rotarians from France, Mexico, Japan and India. In 2016, Pedro led a group of Rotarians to the District 4400 Project Fair in Cuenca Ecuador, the trip included a visit to the Galapagos Islands.
Pedro is the founder of PECECA Business Consultants and the retired founder and CEO of Primera Engineers, Ltd. Prior to starting Primera, he served as a faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his 30 plus year career, Pedro has been involved in over 400 engineering projects.
A native of Ecuador, Pedro received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Registered Engineer in Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas and Michigan. Pedro was recognized by the University of Illinois Alumni Association with the 2015 Chicago Illini of the Year award. In 2015, he was inducted in the Chicago Area Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Pedro has been a leader for the empowerment of Hispanic professionals in the Chicago area. He was a founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) and was involved on the formation of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE). He is an active member of many engineering professional societies and has served on the Board of Directors of several of them, including serving as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois in 2010. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Pedro also has been active in many Civic Organizations including Gads Hill Center, Midwest Young Artists and the Metropolitan Planning Council.
Pedro has been married to Rotarian Pam Brockman (Chicago Little Village) for over 30 years. They reside in Northbrook and have a son, Antonio.