Since April 1, 1981, Hans-Joachim (Hajo) Wagner had been the leading head of BESTAR in Remscheid. The native of Holzminden came to Velbert in 1952 as a five-year-old with his family from Lower Saxony. He studied business management after his apprenticeship as an industrial salesman. Through his sporting activities in ping pong, he came to journalism in a side job and made numerous contacts. He decided to become politically active and took over the presidency of his party in 1977 and committed himself to politics at local and regional levels until 2009.
The year 1981 brought a big change professionally for Hajo Wagner. Until then, he worked as sales manager for a local industrial radiator company. He did not miss the chance to steer a company himself, and on April 1, 1981 he took over the position as Managing Director of BESTAR Stahlhandelsgesellschaft Remscheid mbH, which at that time had just 5 employees and had sales of 1.8 million Deutschmark (about 900,000 Euros).
At first BESTAR, founded in 1978, was to ensure the supply of the local sawmill and knife industry. But under his leadership BESTAR quickly developed into a supraregional steel service center. Hajo Wagner’s commitment and reliability are also the hallmarks of BESTAR today. BESTAR is not just a steel trading company. On the contrary, BESTAR focuses on the individual needs of its customers and their products. Be it through customer-oriented stock storage, order planning, special dimensions or even the development of special steel grades.
BESTAR supplies customers all over the world. From Australia and New Zealand to Asia, Europe and the Americas, BESTAR is the contact person for steel for manufacturers of industrial tools, saws and knives.
Today, together with his son Dennis, Hajo Wagner is the owner of the BESTAR Group, which has been family-owned since 2006,. As of July 1, 2017 he became the chairman of the supervisory board of the company while Dennis became CEO.
In his spare time, he devotes himself to his family and his favorite Football teams, the SSVg Velbert and Borussia Mönchengladbach. He likes to spend the colder months with his wife Brigitte on the island of Lanzarote.