Kyle J. Krause is President and Chief Executive Officer of Kum & Go convenience stores.
Krause was named President of Kum & Go, L.C., in 1997 and in 2004 became President and Chief Executive Officer. Through Kyle's leadership and vision Kum & Go has transformed from a group of acquired gas stations that offered grocery staples, to a modern convenience store chain that focuses on delivering more than customers expect. Using the foundation of good business fundamentals established by the founders, Kyle leveraged his investments, reinvested for continued growth, and taken the right risks to propel the business to an unprecedented level of success.
As a successful entrepreneur and a national finalist for the Ernst & Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year. Kyle is the owner of Krause Holdings Inc., the parent company to Kum & Go. Krause Holdings operates other business ventures close to the Krause family's interests, including local farming operations, real estate and the Des Moines Menace Men's and Women's soccer teams. Most recently the Krause Family demonstrated their passion for Italy and Italian wines by purchasing Piedmont-based Enrico Serafino winery in 2015, and historic and celebrated Barolo winery Vietti in 2016.
For four generations, the Krause Family and Kum & Go have been proud to share 10 percent of profits to charitable causes and organizations. Personally and professionally, both Kyle and his wife, Sharon, have built a reputation on philanthropic giving and community involvement locally and nationally. In addition to several other advisory boards and committees, Kyle serves on the trustees' council for the National Gallery of Art and also chairs their Collector's Committee. On a local level, Kyle is the president of the Des Moines Art Center Board of Trustees; a board member for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and serves on the advisory board for the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business. As an ardent soccer supporter, Kyle has also been inducted into the United Soccer Leagues' Hall of Fame.
Kyle is a University of Iowa graduate and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance. He and his wife, Sharon Krause, reside in Booneville, Iowa, and have five children.