Karl Kaliebe

Karl Kaliebe, Executive Director , World Trade Center Tampa Bay

Karl has been the Executive Director of WTCTB since December 2014. His family moved to Tampa in 1976 when he was a child and he has lived here off and on over the years since graduation from high school. He attended Lawrence University in Wisconsin, where he received a BA in Economics.

In 1992, he made a life-changing decision to move to Taiwan where he spent most of his professional career. He started off his career in Taiwan in advertising which then led to an opportunity to start a business providing bio-medical equipment to laboratories in 2000. The company became a market leader in its field under Karl's leadership.

In 2006, Karl moved back to Florida where he worked as a consultant for one of the largest magazine distributors in the U.S. By 2009, he came full circle and returned to Tampa where he began to utilize his personal connections in Taiwan and China to develop niche and specialty technologies. He is partner in several technology companies in addition to his work at WTCTB.

Karl is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has a Taiwanese wife, Alison with whom he enjoys spending his free time