Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

For the fourth year now, Luther College is hosting a luncheon and speaker series for all alumni, parents and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.

Speaker: Reynolds Cramer '91, CEO Fareway Stores Inc.

Reynolds Cramer '91, a member of the founding family of Fareway Stores, Inc., became the fourth CEO of the 76-year-old privately held company in February 2014. After graduated from Luther with a major in business management, Cramer began working for the Oelwein Fareway store as a dairy manager, joining family members also working for the corporation. He later managed a store in Des Moines and became the company's corporate district supervisor and executive vice president in charge of retail operations.

The company's 108 stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota contribute to its estimated $1.2 billion in annual sales. Fareway operates 12 stores in the Des Moines metro area, including one in Pleasant Hill, and additional stores have been announced for West Des Moines and Carlisle. 

Cramer sees his new job as CEO as an opportunity to expand the growing, yet still conservative, no-frills grocery chain. "My responsibility is at some point to turn the company over to the next person and have it be a better company than when I took it over. At the end of the day, this business is really simple. It's about selling groceries with a smile on your face, making that customer smile at the same time, knowing they got quality items and didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for it."

Cramer will speak about Fareway's past and present and his history with the company. Friday's program will include stories about growing up in the family business, warehouse operations, and store growth and future direction, and some fun Luther memories will be shared.   

The schedule includes a buffet lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Luncheon Buffet Begins
12:00 p.m. Presentation

1:00 p.m. Event Ends

$15.00 per person, please register online by noon, Thursday, November 6, 2014

Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa

The dates for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

Friday, September 12, 2014 - Carson '63 and Connie Ode, Authors, Celebrate Iowa and IOWA-Spaces, Places, and Faces
Friday, November 7, 2014 - Reynolds Cramer '91, CEO, Fareway Stores, Inc.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - Chuck Gipp '70, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Bob Anderson, Director, Raptor Resource Project

Planning Committee:
Eric Carlson '89, Shannon (Miller) Duval '95, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw, '71, Anjie Shutts '93

Des Moines area Lunch Connection Event
Reynolds Cramer