Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology Franz Josef Pschierer awarded REHAU group president Jobst Wagner the State Medal for special services to the Bavarian economy. Wagner received the medal on April 23, 2018.
As part of a ceremony in the Ludwig Erhard Hall at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs in Munich, Franz Josef Pschierer honored 16 entrepreneurs from all over Bavaria for their commitment and exemplary entrepreneurial activities with the highest personal distinction that the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs can award.
Furthermore, state minister Pschierer acknowledged the commitment of Jobst Wagner for his special contribution to the positive economic development of the region of Upper Franconia and for his voluntary and social commitment.
As such, in 2003 Wagner founded the Upper Franconia business initiative, to strengthen the economic location. In addition, he has been a member of the advisory board of the research center for family businesses at the University of Bayreuth since 2011 and a member of the board of trustees since 2013.
Also, Wagner’s heart belongs to art. He is the founder of REHAU ART, a communication center for dialogue, art and history based in Rehau, Germany. He also started the associated art gallery, in which works by contemporary artist Franz Gertsch are exhibited. REHAU also plays an important role in promoting cultural life, supporting events such as the Luisenburg festival in Wunsiedel.
Jobst Wagner follows in the footsteps of his father Helmut Wagner, who has also been the recipient of the State Medal. In addition, in 2015 the town of Rehau named the company founder as its first freeman since 1945.