He started his professional career in sales with Struers, an equipment manufacturer. He then moved to engineering consultancy COWI, where he sold maps constructed using aerial photography and other high-tech methods. He went back to Struers as a sales manager before landing the job at the trade commission.
Already he has begun to understand why so many Danish families have settled in Atlanta.
"I love it here. I think it's fantastic - the hospitality, the climate, and the city is wonderful too. It doesn't feel like you have 5 million people," he said.
The move is the newest adventure for Mr. Rosendahl, whose love of travel has taken him to more than 50 countries. He has backpacked in China and spent a month in India with his wife, where the couple lived on $20 per day.
Those experiences gave him an appreciation for cultural diversity and an unquenchable desire to see more of the world.
"There's always another place you want to see. Once you've fulfilled one wish to see and experience something special, there's always something else that opens up," he said.
Moving his wife and three children to the East Cobb area (other Danish families recommended the schools there) has been "revitalizing" as the family has traded its comfort zone for an exciting new reality, he said.
As for Mr. Sauer, the former trade commissioner, he's staying in Atlanta and will continue working with startups and small enterprises. In the few months between now and starting his next position, he'll welcome a daughter into the world. He'll also be helping Atlanta nonprofit SafeHouse improve its operations.
Visit www.dtcatlanta.um.dk/en/ for more information on the trade commission.