The Hans-Wilhelm Renkhoff Foundation was established in 1995 by the founder of WAREMA, Hans-Wilhelm Renkhoff. To begin with, it promoted exclusively science and research through financial support for students at the Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences, but since then youth and old people's welfare projects, equality and public as well as vocational education have joined the areas receiving support.
Senator E.h. Dr. h.c. Hans-Wilhelm Renkhoff was a man of action, a pioneering entrepreneurial force in the Federal Republic of Germany and a man with willpower and drive. The founder of WAREMA was characterised by his humour and strong social commitment. These traits made him an important personality in the German post-war era. Renkhoff, who was born in Düsseldorf, significantly contributed to the development and success of the social market economy in the Federal Republic of Germany.
However, his path and rise to company director and exemplary entrepreneur were by no means preordained. On the contrary: after serving in the war, spending time as a prisoner of war and participating in the post-war clean-up, the trained technical designer and former masonry apprentice worked tirelessly and under great hardship to gradually achieve professional success.
The formation of a solid company with a healthy financial structure was only one aspect of the dedicated efforts of Hans-Wilhelm Renkhoff.
He was known as a generous supporter and promoter of TV 1884 and the Marktheidenfeld Tennis Club, as well as of the local chapter of the “Lebenshilfe” social services centre.
Numerous distinctions and awards are a visible expression of public recognition of his achievements. Hans-Wilhelm Renkhoff was a recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit and the Bavarian Order of Merit and was an honorary citizen of Marktheidenfeld.
On 31 December 1998, Renkhoff resigned from his post as Chief Executive Officer at his own request and remained a member of the WAREMA Supervisory Board until 2007. The WAREMA founder died on 9 March 2011 at the age of 84.