Guest of honour Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer pointed out at the beginning of his speech that it was personally important for him to be Hans Huber's guest. In his speech he looked back on the career of Hans Huber who, after his studies at TU Munich at the age of 26, had the courage to build up an enterprise together with his brother Karl-Josef. Seehofer said that Bavaria would need exactly such personalities like Hans Huber as they would form the backbone of a state like Bavaria. It is finally the large number of family-owned, middle-sized companies who ensure that we have virtually full employment in Bavaria and an all-time high of employees in jobs subject to social insurance contribution. Seehofer was not sparing in praise and called Hans Huber an outstanding Bavarian personality who, with great passion, has developed a small handicraft business to a global player.
"The name Hans Huber stands for innovation, high tech and worldwide success“, said Prime Minister Horst Seehofer and mentioned all the prizes Hans Huber has been awarded to date, among other the German Environmental Award and the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He also expressed his admiration for Hans Huber's activities in a number of organisations and offices where he holds not less than 22 honorary posts, which would be another proof that he feels it is his responsibility to contribute his experience and visions for the benefit of society. For several years already Hans Huber has been speaker of Umweltcluster Bayern (Bavarian Environmental Technology Cluster) for example.
“I wish you many happy, healthy years to accompany your company with valuable advice still a long time.” With these words he handed over his birthday present, the Bavarian Lion, to Hans Huber.
Vicar-General and Cathedral Provost Isidor Vollnhals, host of Hirschberg Castle, conveyed the best wishes of Bishop of Eichstätt Gregor Maria Hanke who could not be there because he was on a pilgrimage to Fatima. In a letter, Bishop Hanke pointed out the holistic way of thinking and acting of Hans Huber who would use his expertise and abilities as an engineer to preserve the Creation.