The Founder

Heinz W. Wegener's bio/resumé

Christian Testimony
Below is the personal testimony of Cross Technologies' founder and president, Heinz W. Wegener.
 

Heinz W. Wegener is President of Cross Technologies, Inc., and former Chairman and Executive Vice President of Wegener Corporation, a publicly traded company (WGNR on NASDAQ). Both companies manufacture satellite communications equipment. Heinz and his family emigrated from Germany in 1951, and he discovered that in the United States hard work and perseverance could bring success in school and business. In 1978, he founded Wegener Communications which began in his laundry room, and today is an international supplier of satellite communications equipment. But even founding a successful company did not bring fulfillment until he invited Jesus Christ into his life as his Lord and Savior.
 

From Germany to Goshen, IN
Germany, after World War II, was a difficult place to raise a young family as jobs were scarce, and so my parents, my brother, Dieter, and I immigrated to the United States in 1951 under the sponsorship of a Mennonite church. This was made possible because my mother was a refugee from East Germany. We arrived in Goshen, Indiana, on November 7, 1951, having crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a converted troop carrier ship which was filled to capacity with other refugee families like us. In Indiana, my parents were made to feel at home by German-speaking Amish neighbors, and my parents quickly began a routine of hard work and regular church attendance. Soon, they were able to purchase a house and a car, nearly impossible in Germany at that time.

My first three school years in Indiana were difficult as my classmates would pick on me knowing I had recently moved from Germany. This experience of feeling rejected made me determined to fit in at all costs if I ever had a chance to start all over, which I did when my parents moved to a house in the Goshen city school district in 1957.

Success at Every Turn
Getting good grades and doing well in sports made me popular at school, and I learned that hard work and perseverance were formulas for success. This drive to excel continued through high school, college, and in my career as an electrical engineer. I even married the girl of my dreams, Nan, in 1967 after my freshman year in college.

My career was very challenging, and my hard work was rewarded with promotions and salary increases. After gaining experience in designing military radar and communications receivers, I moved to Atlanta in 1972, where I was a design engineer in the division that launched Scientific-Atlanta into the satellite communications field. This job was really exciting, and I would often work 70 to 80 hours a week designing new equipment.

I had less and less time for my family but rationalized this as a once in a lifetime opportunity that would benefit my family in the long run. Church was also secondary, and I went to Nan's church with our two children, Heinz born in 1972, and Jessica born in 1976. Also, I was relying more and more on alcohol for my peace and relaxation and could not imagine having fun without having a drink.

Then a management change resulted in a dramatic shift in my career. However, even this unexpected turn of events led to what seemed like an unreachable dream-- starting an electronics company, Wegener Communications, in 1978. This company, started in my laundry room, also required long hours of work but soon became very successful.

Real Happiness
But where was the happiness that I thought this success should have brought me? To my surprise, in 1980 at the age of 33, I was an unfulfilled workaholic and alcoholic with no real meaning or purpose in life. By the world's standard, I had reached the top of my ladder of success, and yet I was empty inside.

That year I met Clarence Burkholder who invited me to a Bible study at Nan's church. Even though I had lots of reasons why I didn't want to go, I went with him and through that Bible study, Jesus became real to me and I committed my life to Him as Lord and Savior. Nan and I grew in our relationship with Jesus and each other by attending retreats and Bible studies.

Miracle of Deliverance
Although there was new joy and peace in my life, my addiction to alcohol was a big barrier to my attempt to live for Jesus. In March, 1984, my friend, Clarence, invited me to a Christian Business Men's breakfast held in a large hotel ballroom in Atlanta. While listening to Dr. John Klem, a college professor from Indiana, talk about how Jesus changed his life after years of striving for success in his career, my heart was filled with how my life had changed since I accepted Jesus into my life. After his talk, I went up front to rededicate my life to Jesus. As two men prayed over me, I was instantly delivered from alcohol and had a wonderful experience of encountering God which is called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Meaning in Life
Today, Nan and I are incredibly blessed with Jesus at the center of our wonderful marriage, five beautiful grandchildren (three from Heinz and his wife, Mariana, and two from Jessica and her husband, Kenny), our children close by and living for Jesus, and Nan and I working together in our own company since 1978. My brother Dieter died in June, 2005, at the age of 56 and had accepted Jesus a couple of years before that.

Even work is a blessing with Jesus. In 1986, Wegener Communications was 177th on the INC. 500 list of fastest growing privately held companies and became a publicly traded company (WGNR on NASDAQ) in 1987. In 1994, I took a small division of Wegener private which is now Cross Technologies. More importantly, however, because of Jesus, my life now has the meaning, purpose, joy and peace that nothing the world had to offer could give!

Eternal Life
Is there an emptiness in your life that nothing seems to fill? Are you uncertain of where you will go when you die? The Bible says that peace with God and eternal life in heaven comes only by admitting we are sinners and accepting Jesus' death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins (read John 3:16, John 14:6, Romans 6:23 and 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9).

Why not make your eternal decision now by inviting Jesus into your life by saying the following with all your heart:

"Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins and I ask your forgiveness. I receive you now as my personal Lord and Savior and invite you to manage my life from this day forward. Amen."

STEPS TO PEACE WITH GOD by Billy Graham