Laila is our CEO, however the title is not that important. What is important is the passion, energy and presence with which she leads the team. Her focus is to offer support and solutions, and not shy away from any difficult decisions that need to be made. She is involved with heart and soul.
The idea and concept behind 21-5 was conceived by Laila and her husband, Anders, in 2008 and together they've been the driving force taking the business from a promising start-up to a fast growing, and highly respected, enterprise.
Besides the daily management, Laila’s area of expertise is finding and acquiring the perfect vacation homes for our families.
With three kids at home, there is never a dull moment in Laila’s life. She takes the time to stay fit between meetings and travels with a healthy dose of yoga.
Laila Køj, CEO, co-founder and co-owner
Anders is the co-founder of 21-5. During a lunch with his wife Laila in 2008, they came up with the idea behind 21-5. Anders and Laila are the dynamic duo who has built the concept and organization from a start-up business to the thriving enterprise it is today based on the values described elsewhere in this section.
Anders’ main focus is client contact, including the ongoing dialogue with our more than 500 families. This keeps his travel schedule less busy than in the early days - and also enables him to be there when Laila and Anders' three kids are home from school.
The weekends are dedicated to family time, sailing, mountain biking and running.
Anders Køj, co-founder and co-owner
Peter is leading our 21-5 North American West Coast team. He grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark, but left 18 years ago to explore the freedom in the Himalayas - and ended up married in Vancouver..
In Vancouver he saw a need in the real estate market for unbiased advice based on knowledge and integrity, which earned him a loyal following of clients buying or selling real estate.
Having followed 21-5 from the very beginning, Peter was attracted to the 21-5 idea, its values, and success on the European market. What especially drew Peter to 21-5 is the company's profound desire to make a significant difference for the 21-5 families by enriching their lives with moments and memories evolving around their own vacation homes. A rich life is all about the relationships we create with our family and friends.
So, it was an easy decision when Peter was asked if we wanted to help bring 21-5 to North America.
Peter lives in the Kitsilano neighbourhood with his family and, when time permits, can be found on the tennis courts and mountain bike trails enjoying the great outdoors that has earned Vancouver North America's #1 spot for quality of life.
Peter Andersen, VP North America West
Tomas is leading the 21-5 North American East Coast team. Although growing up in Denmark and a proud Dane at heart, he has lived most of his professional life outside of his native country. As long as he can remember, Tomas’ family have possessed a strong entrepreneurial spirit driven to explore a world of opportunities and crunch challenges. The travel and international exploration “bug” is deeply instilled in him and has naturally led to a vast international career, building relations and business between people all over the planet.
Long before 21-5 was in a position to grow beyond the borders of Denmark, Tomas was fascinated by the 21-5 service proposition and as importantly the 21-5 company with its wonderful, dedicated people. To him, the privilege to serve as a facilitator for 21-5 families, and to realize their dreams of ownership of vacation properties domestically and internationally, is his dream coming true.
Over the years, Tomas has spent four cycles in North America living in Colorado, North Carolina, Montreal, Canada and New York City. This continent has now become Tomas’ home, although he loves to go back to Denmark as often as possible.
Tomas lives in Mamaroneck, New York with his family and their dog, Chance. He loves an active lifestyle playing squash, skiing, sailing and loves the outdoors life in general, preferably with family and friends.
Tomas Bruun, VP North America East
Trine is head of our administration and support.
She ensures that the daily operations are on track, which includes getting all the paperwork in place for purchase of the vacation homes, she conducts the meetings with the owner association councils, and have the support team ready to assist our families before, during and after they stay at their vacation homes.
Trine comes with a leadership experience from the financial sector and is passionate about how the 21-5 values are reflected in the way we communicate and help our families. Trine's professional overview, great sense of humour and drive makes her a highly cherished colleague.
She lives not far from our Copenhagen head office with her husband, two kids and two dogs. When not a 21-5, Trines spends her time with the family and friends, at home or travelling.
Trine is a stable at our Friday yoga sessions and are considering to also join our running team.
Trine Gammelgaard Suhr, head of administration and support
Lars has been a part of the 21-5 team since early 2015 and has an extensive international career under his belt, where travelling was a key part of the job as it is today. He describes himself as a 21-5 jack-of-all-trades, with special focus on property purchase and marketing.
Lars is passionate about the aesthetics surrounding our business and is driven by the joy of finding and delivering the most beautiful vacation homes to our families.
He is always ready to share his enthusiasm about the 21-5 concept and the possibilities it offers.
Lars is a dog lover and outdoors person, and if a mountain crosses his way, he’ll be on it with either running shoes, ski gear or a mountain bike. When he’s not on the move, he is a regular participant in our Friday yoga class.
Lars Heede, property purchase, sales and marketing
Eva is our process- and business development expert and has worked for some of the biggest companies in the country. She's often seen carrying presentation sheets and diagrams, as she's optimizing our work processes.
Eva is pivotal in designing and implementing our Content Management System, including Booking System, as the backbone of our service and business infrastructure.
She is also involved in our hiring process where her human resource skills is utilized.
Eva is a highly valued person and colleague by the entire 21-5 team.
Her commute is short as she lives close to our head office with er son. When she's not carrying diagrams, Eva loves to spend time in her garden and being with her boyfriend.
She is an eager participant in our running and yoga clubs.
Eva Steensby, processes, HR and business development
Louise is overseeing the renovation and home decor projects that transform the properties into vacation homes with warmth, soul and character. She has 10 years of management and project management experience from the fashion and travel industries.
Louise is driven by creating tangible results through an empathetic and engaging management style, and she finds that the best solutions come from working in an environment with positive and clear values.
She is married to Mikael and mother of Elias, Noah and Mailea.
Before joining 21-5, Louise lived and worked on Hawaii and in New England - and also worked on a cruise ship.
Louise has a profound creative side and a great passion for aesthetics, not at least flowers and gardening. The weekends are spend with 8-10 visits to the nursery, house renos, friends, running and ocean swims. She finds the local outdoors fantastic, even having seen most of the world.
Louise Weiergang Ipsen, head of home renos and home styling (Team Jazz)
Mille was our employee number two, so she started in our humble office space in Anders' parents garage. Back then she was in charge of administration. A great fit for a person as likeable and professional as her.
After many years in the legal business, Mille needed a change of scene. We needed a quality focused employees with impeccable English language skills. It turned out to be a match made in heaven.
Mille was in charge of our administration and support, but due to her intuitive talent for interior design she is now a key member of our Team Jazz - responsible for bringing warmth and character to our families vacation homes. Team Jazz do their magic when the vacation properties are renovated and furnished, transforming them into welcoming homes with soul, not just furnished living spaces. A crucial function at 21-5.
Being on the road so much, Mille spends her leisure time with her two wonderful kids. She sometimes joins our running club, and when she is at our head office, Mille is sure to be at the Friday yoga.
Kamilla Falkenberg Høeg, manager Team Jazz
Anne is our breath of fresh air, with her great sense of humour and tremendous energy, as she ensures we have all the items needed to transform the properties from living spaces into homes.
Anne spent ten years in the furniture business and therefore has significant experience regarding procurement and project management, but more importantly, Anne has a fantastic eye for interior design which our owner associations benefit from. A rare talent that makes her a key part of our Team Jazz transforming our families vacation homes from properties into welcoming beautiful homes with warmth and character.
Outside of work, she spends her time with her two kids. When not traveling, Anne is an avid participant at our Friday yoga.
Anne Bang, Team Jazz
Holger is leading our finance team. His overall focus is the ongoing development of the team, so it always has the skills to take care of the financial planning for 21-5 itself and the 21-5 owner associations.
Prior to joining 21-5, Holger was in charge of the finances for several international companies.
He passionately ensures that the decisions and executions made by our finance team is aligned with the values of 21-5. This means excellent work ethics and a positive attitude towards colleagues and the 21-5 families. Values that are fueled by the positive feedback and joy we receive daily through our work.
With two grown-up children having left the house, Holger now has more time to fencing, tennis and traveling with his wife, besides enthusiastically participating on both the 21-5 running team and our Friday yoga sessions.
Holger Christtreu, head of finance
Karina was our first employee working side by side with Laila and Anders in Anders' parents garage. Therefore Karina has had the pleasure of interacting with almost every task and process in the 21-5 universe, and this has given her a tremendous knowledge and experience which her colleagues, and not at least our 21-5 families, benefit from every single day.
Karina has a rare talent for details and an extraordinary gift for numbers. These are some of the reasons that Karina is a very competent leader for our finance team in close co-operation with Holger. She is also our overall 21-5 quality manager, so we are in good hands.
Karina is a compassionate colleague, always having the time to listen.
When she is not busy at the 21-5 head office, she spends as much time as possible with her two daughters.
Karina is the backbone of our running club - most often speeding ahead of the group. Friday yoga is also in her weekly schedule.
Karina Probst, team leader finance & administration and overall quality management
Wayne is originally from Ireland, and yes, his name is sometimes confused with his namesake, a certain famous soccer player - a game that is also a great passion for Wayne.
Wayne is our project manger for all our home renovations and has many years of experience under his belt, including the Olympic Stadium at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Because of his on-site job requirements, Wayne is on the road most of the time, visiting all our on-going renovation projects.
It is not easy not to like Wayne with his kind and easy demeanor, always ready to contribute to the team, and his presence and work is highly appreciated by us all at 21-5.
Wayne Rooney, project manager homes
Marianne has a versatile role at 21-5 where she navigates being the PA to Laila combined with team project coordination and export activities.
Marianne thrives with the many daily challenges, not at least getting into the substance and ensuring that the details are delivered as promised.
She comes from the fashion industry which taught her that team work, and its combined efforts, is the key driver to great results.
Marianne lives not far from our HQ with her husband Casper and children Albert and Amalie. When not working, she loves the outdoors and often participates in various cultural and creative events.
Marianne is a big fan of our Friday yoga.
Marianne Steenstrup, PA to Laila and coordinator
Carsten's area of expertise is the maintenance of the vacation homes in our owner associations. He is a key player when it comes to building management and maintenance plans in close co-operation with our Administration, Support and Renovation teams.
Over the last 20 years, Carsten has worked with building construction and lifecycle planning for both public and private industries. Besides having a deep knowledge of building engineering, he is also specialized wihtin risk- and damage control as well as structural fire and theft prevention.
Carsten has a great demeanor and finds great pride in ensuring that our families thrive in their vacation homes and have a no-stress ownership experience.
He has three daughters and lives with his girlfriend just outside of Copenhagen. Carsten used to do triathlons, incl. ironman, but these days diving and mountain biking have his interest. He is also a part of our yoga and running club.
Carsten Jensen, Facility Manager
Anders, who goes by his last name in order not to confuse him with our co-founder Anders Køj, joined 21-5 in late 2009. Shortly after establishing 21-5, Laila and Anders quickly realized that they needed Heisel's competencies in the owner group.
Heisel has a solid financial foundation, including significant experience from the banking sector. Several years ago he started his own IT security company which he runs today with great success with a business partner.
His role at 21-5 is on the strategical level, where especially finance and IT has his focus. Our family member site and our booking system is designed and updated by Heisel and his team.
Heisel has many creative talents including playing the classical guitar and piano and running keeps him in shape.
His calm demeanor probably comes from growing up in a small farming community far from the hustle and bustle in the big city.
Anders Heisel, co-owner, finance, IT and business development