Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Reynolds Cramer joined Fareway in 1985, when he began working in the Boone Fareway store at just 16 years old. During college, he moved and worked in the Decorah Fareway store in the meat department for three years. When speaking of this experience, Cramer explains, “I knew it would be important to understand all aspects of our business and why our meat departments are second-to-none.”
After working in two stores as assistant manager he was promoted in 1997 to store manager, opening a new Fareway store in Des Moines. In 2000, he was promoted to district supervisor at the corporate office in Boone, Iowa.
In 2008, he was elected to the Real Estate Committee, and has been instrumental in choosing the strategic placement of new Fareway locations ever since. In 2009, Cramer was elected to the Board of Directors for Fareway, in 2010 he was named as a regional vice president and in 2012 as an executive vice president in charge of all retail operations.
Cramer’s promotion to CEO for Fareway Stores, Inc. occurred in February 2014. He was honored and inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame in 2023.
In addition to his responsibilities with Fareway, Cramer is active in many charitable organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, ChildServe, Easterseals, Ronald McDonald House, UnityPoint Health Foundation, and he has served as President for Variety-the Children’s Charity. Cramer is also a board member of the Iowa Business Council. He is an advocate for animal rescue, having adopted several animals from various rescue organizations.
A native Iowan and graduate of Boone High School in 1987 and Luther College in 1991. Cramer has two daughters, Ashley, 24, and Zoe, 19.
Reynolds and his wife, Sheila, live in Norwalk with their son Benny, 6.