Bernard is the son of the late Joseph Wagner Sr. and Filomena Wade. He attended Queen Square Anglican Primary School, and thereafter attended St. Michael College on Amara Avenue. His 1983 graduating class was the first such class coming out of the amalgamation of St. Michaels College and St. Hilda’s College. He then attended Belize Technical College sixth form Engineering Department. He later attained an Associate Degree in Business and was recognized on the dean’s list. Bernard then pursued further studies in banking & finance.
Bernard Wagner is the owner of JBW finance Co. Ltd a microfinance and payday loan business entity operating in Belize City. Other service of the company includes loan brokerage and other financial related activates.
Bernard has extensive banking and financial background having worked in that sector for over 30 years. He worked from 1986 to 1991 with Atlantic Bank Ltd as an entry-level cashier/computer operator. In 1991 he commenced employment with Belize bank Ltd and worked in various bank leadership position for 24 years, serving during that time as manager Dangriga branch and later as retail manager at its largest branch, Market Square branch. He is a highly detail-oriented individual who consistently met and exceeded the bank's goals.
Bernard has always been a leading personality in organizing basketball competition in the city and served as the president of the Belize District Basketball Association, President of the Belize Basketball Federation and president of Semi-Pro Basketball. He was the founder Interoffice Basketball which he ran for 15 years and also served as chairman of the National Sports Council. He is an active sports columnist in Belize leading newspaper, The Amandala, and once served as co-host of the Amandala Sports Show. Bernard is the founder of the Belize Bank Bulldogs Basketball Club and continues to host local tournaments annually.
He is a father, family-man, and likes to spend his spare time organizing youth sports. Bernard is goal-oriented, friendly, approachable, a team player, analytical and a strong team builder.