Tanner Krause leads the human resource functions of Kum & Go which includes talent acquisition, total rewards, systems, and administration, learning and development, and the business partner team. The team, known as Grow People at Kum & Go, provides support to more than 5,000 associates in 430 stores across 11 states.
Tanner’s work experience with Kum & Go dates back more than twenty years, when he began working part-time in stores. With nearly ten years of store experience, plus four different internships with Kum & Go, he became a District Supervisor in the Des Moines, IA area in 2013. Following completion of his MBA, he became Kum & Go’s Director of Operations in 2016. At the start of 2017, Tanner took on his current role as the Senior Vice President of Grow People. Tanner’s passion for Kum & Go’s associates and stores is a highlight in every role he has held within the company. Tanner also provides strategic direction and HR support to several other businesses in the Krause Holdings portfolio.
Prior to his Kum & Go history, Tanner worked through the E. & J. Gallo Winery’s Management Development Program, working as a Sales Representative for Wirtz Beverage Group (IL) for two years before joining Empire Merchants (NY) as a Field Sales Manager. He appreciates the opportunities provided to him by the Gallo family, as well as their commitment to skill development and career pathing.
Tanner received two Bachelor’s in Business Administration degrees from Loyola University in Chicago in 2010 – Finance and Economics. Additionally, Tanner is a member of the most successful graduating class in Loyola Ramblers Men’s Soccer history. In 2016, he graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from DePaul University, concentrating in Business Strategy.
Living in Des Moines, IA with his wife, Hannah, the two share a passion for community development. Tanner is a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa and volunteers as a youth soccer coach. Hannah is a member of the Food Bank of Iowa.