“Your purpose in life is to provide one example of a life well-lived, of a person well-loved." - Rev. Chris Michaels, Unity Church of Fort Lauderdale
Tobias Kaiser, born in Germany into a family with entrepreneurial tradition, caught the bug for modern architecture rather early.
Somewhere around the tender age of eight or ten, when normal kids populated their model train sets with half-timbered houses and proper farms, he fell hard for the only modernist model house by model-house-producer Faller, the "Villa im Tessin" (“Villa in the Ticino”; below), which he built not once but several times. He recently unearthed also what must have been his first of floor plans and elevations to come, drawn when he was approximately eight or ten years old.
Left: Beloved childhood original lost, Tobias found this model of "Villa in Tessin" on ebay. Right: Tobias' first floor plan.
For reasons a bit unclear he was persuaded not to study architecture, but went to law school in Germany instead. After two years, he switched gears and went to the US, earning a Master’s of Science in Public Communication from Syracuse University, (Syracuse, New York) in 1982.
Returning to Germany he worked in marketing and advertising for Philip Morris, KING, Euro/RSCG and Ogilvy & Mather, among others, but in 1991 founded a property consulting and management company in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He received his Florida real estate broker license in 1992 and his CIPS designation (Certified International Property Specialist; one of approx. 2,100 designees in 59 countries) in 2000.
Tobias is a member of the Realtor® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the National Association of Realtors® since 1991. After many years on the Grievance Committee, he serves on the Professional Standards committee of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors® Association, and just ended his eighth year as a director of the Realtors® Commercial Alliance.
In 2011, he was a member on the Advisory Council of North Carolina Modernist Houses, a non-profit for the preservation and promotion of modern architecture in North Carolina, USA, an organisation he continues to support and volunteer for.
As he has done for many years, Tobias continues to donate 3% of all commissions he earns to charities, such as Doctors without Borders and Kids in Distress. He speaks English and German, basic French and after many years still hasn't given up on learning Spanish. He loves Scotties, architecture, photography, jazz and 20th century art and is an avid motorcycle rider and barbecuer (“If you don’t like barbecue you’re ill. You should seek medical attention.” - Wilberdean Shirley of Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro, NC).
He works together with his wife, who is also a Realtor, from their Florida office as well as their second home in Starnberg/Bavaria, which they frequently visit.