Our roots can be traced to 1959, when founders Tony Gentle and his son-in-law Bill Krause purchased a gas station in Hampton, Iowa. Since then Kum & Go has transformed from a group of gas stations that offered grocery staples, to a modern convenience store chain focused on delivering more than customers expect.
Holding true to its core values of passion, integrity, teamwork, caring and excellence, Kum & Go has grown to become a household name in the Midwest with more than 400 stores and nearly 5,000 associates across 11 states. More than 100 of those stores are LEED certified, demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainable practices.
Building on a strong foundation of business fundamentals established by our founders, Krause Group is now a diverse collection of companies, managed by a third and fourth generation of family. Leading the way is the father-son team of Kyle Krause, Chairman and CEO of Kum & Go and Krause Group, and Tanner Krause, President of Kum & Go.
Solar Transport, founded in 1960, manages inventory, transportation and delivery of refined petroleum products for many prominent brands across the nation. Other entities within Krause Group showcase the family’s passions for Italian wine and soccer. Krause Group has acquired Italian wineries in the Piedmont region including Vietti, which produces handcrafted wines based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto and Enrico Serafino, a historical winery engaged in the viticulture and vinification of still and sparkling wines.
Closer to home, Menace Soccer provides Iowa’s highest level of men’s and women’s competitive soccer. Professional coaching and development is offered to thousands of Central Iowa families through a variety of youth soccer programs each year. Krause Group also includes real estate, hospitality and agricultural operations, underlining our diversity and commitment to community and economic development.
The Krause family has established a strong legacy of giving back to the local communities in which it does business, giving 10 percent of its profits to important causes — donating food, serving meals, building homes, supporting schools and being a good neighbor. Krause Group remains committed to making days better for our communities, our customers and our associates.