Ruge's Chrysler's Sales Department


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Executive

Kristin Hutchins
President / CEO

Kristin Ruge Hutchins is President at Ruge's Automotive. A third-generation owner with over 100 employees in three locations, Kristin has worked to expand the company while working daily to carry out its guiding principles, all of which are rooted in the company's vision of being the most sought-after, unique vehicle sales and service experience in the Hudson Valley region. 

 

Kristin has also served in myriad leadership and volunteer roles over the course of her career. Currently Vice President of the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce, Trustee for the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Board, and active member of the Millbrook Business Association, Kristin has also been actively involved in the Rhinebeck Rotary Club and has supported a wide range of area nonprofits through participation in fundraising events. 

 

Kristin's leadership extends to her role within the industry as well; she was recently named Chairperson of the Retail Women's Network 20 Group and member of the Regional Women's Network.

 

Email Kristin: khutchins@rugesauto.com. 

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Lewis Ruge
Founder

As a young boy, Lewis Ruge watched his dad build a vehicle sales and service business, Ruge's Automotive, in the heart of his hometown. By 1963, after serving his country as an Officer in the United States Air Force, Lewis was extended an opportunity to become an official partner. He accepted, and Ruge's has since grown exponentially in reach and in popularity with Lewis at the helm; the company is now known for offering small-town appeal with big-brand appeal. 

Lewis has also worked to ensure that his hometown of Rhinebeck and the entire Hudson Valley region are successful as well. He has given generously to dozens of nonprofits and today serves on the boards of Frost Memorial Foundation, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation, and M&T Bank.  

To get in touch with Lewis, email lruge@rugesauto.com. 

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Scott Hutchins
Vice President

In 2015, Scott Hutchins joined his wife Kristin as Vice President at Ruge's Automotive Group, bringing over three decades of global career experience to the historic Hudson Valley community they call home. After years of working in manufacturing in the US and overseas, Scott now heads up all Finance, HR, and IT operations for each of the three Ruge's stores. With an innate ability to identify solutions to challenges and opportunities for growth, Scott has promoted business development and expansion, helped solidify a long-term vision and organizational strategy, and supported rebranding efforts - all while working alongside his family and their staff to protect the guiding principles that make Ruge's Automotive so well-respected throughout the region. 

  

In addition to serving as part of the executive team at Ruge's, Scott also recently envisioned the transformation of a local sheet metal facility into a climate-controlled self-storage center, which he and Kristin made a reality when they opened the doors to Staatsburg Storage in 2016. 

  

Scott is a graduate of University of Vermont, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Resort Marketing and Management in 1984.


 Email Scott: shutchins@rugesauto.com. 

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Joe Monaco
Director of Sales & Marketing

From the time he started washing cars in our Subaru store at age 15, Joe has been a loyal and important part of the Ruge's employee family. By 20, he had begun selling vehicles for Ruge's, and his success in that role and ability to connect with customers resulted in a promotion to Subaru Sales Manager at age 25. When Ruge's purchased its Millbrook Chevrolet store in 2016, Joe was named Director of Sales and Marketing; today, he oversees all three retail locations. Dedicated to creating a unique vehicles sales experience for customers, Joe is responsible for providing direction to over thirty staff, manages all marketing and advertising efforts, and works daily to build brand awareness and strengthen the community ties for which Ruge's has long been known.


Raised in Stanfordville, NY, Joe graduated from Stissing Mountain High School in 2005 and obtained an Associate's Degree in Business Administration at SUNY Dutchess. He is a graduate of the 18-month Dealer Executive Program in Kansas City, MO, regularly attends industry conferences, and has been actively involved in the Subaru Sales Advisory Committee.


Joe lives in Rhinebeck with wife Amy and their two children. He can be reached by email: jmonaco@rugesauto.com.

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Jim King
Director of Fixed Operations

Jim King, Director of Fixed Operations, knows the value of hard work and dedication and applies that to everything he does at Ruge's. As supervisor of the parts and service teams at each of our three stores, Jim ensures that his staff have exactly what they need to deliver our signature Ruge's experience to customers every day, working closely with the group to maintain a focus on goals and objectives while removing any inhibitors.


Raised in the small town of Ridgebury, New York, Jim started working in the Pine Island onion fields at age 12, and his first gig in the automotive space was pumping gas at a Hess Station when he was just 16. After attending Orange County Community College for Electronic Technology, Jim was hired by IBM in 1981, where he held various positions during a 34-year career there, including a two-year assignment in Dublin, Ireland. By 2016, he made the choice to "leave Corporate America" to work for Ruge's, and says he "couldn't have made a better decision." Jim and his wife of over 30 years have one son, one daughter, and a granddaughter who he calls the "cutest baby ever." They enjoy tech-free weekends hiking, boating, waterskiing, and fishing at their cabin in the Adirondacks.


To get in touch, email jking@rugesauto.com.

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Patrick Downes
Director of Digital Marketing

Since joining our team in 2012, Director of Digital Marketing Patrick Downes has used his expertise to help us share the unique Ruge's story with colleagues, customers, and our community. A former art school student who studied photography, Patrick is ever creative in his work managing our internet sales, marketing initiatives, websites, and social media channels. (Just follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see his compelling content!)


Born in London, Patrick became a New Yorker when he enrolled at Hunter College. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Communications in 1984, he worked for several New York City advertising agencies before landing a role as Vice President and Publisher of Audubon Magazine. Patrick has traveled to over forty countries on five different continents, but is right at home here in the Hudson Valley, having relocated here in 2000 so that his son could live at Anderson Center for Autism. He is a happily married father of four, and also quite happy to be the owner of three Subarus!


Get in touch by emailing: pdownes@rugesauto.com.

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Sales

Shawn Germano
Business Manager
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Shawn grew up, and still lives in Hyde Park.

He loves walking his dogs, researching local history, and working on his YouTube channel!

Shawn has almost 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, and you can depend on him for 1st Class treatment and the best deals in financing and warranty services.


Shawn took care of all the financial paperwork and was very thorough explaining all the details making me very comfortable with my decisions. I most definitely will return when it's time to purchase another vehicle. PO

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Mitch Robideau
Sales Consultant
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Mitch grew up in Germantown but now lives in Hyde Park with his wife and two daughters.

He's been in the car business for almost a decade and loves driving his RAM and Dodge Durango.

This was one of the best auto buying experiences I have ever had! I scheduled my test drive online and when I arrived, Mitch had the car ready to go. He was respectful, thorough and there was absolutely no pressure or insincere sales practices. Mitch went over the vehicle and explained all the features in depth. We are loving our first Jeep - Thank you to the Ruges Jeep team - you guys are fantastic!

Very pleasant experience! Told Mitch what I wanted and he got it done! WM

Mitch and Shawn were absolutely awesome! So much help, and a great atmosphere as well. My buying experience with these guys at Ruge's was so easy and I greatly appreciate it! SH


Went into Ruges after almost 2 years of trying to get out of a bad truck loan on an 11 year old truck. Salesman Mitch hooked me up with a brand new ram truck for almost the same that I was paying before. Can't thank the Ruges team enough! JG

Best new car buying experience ever! From when I called to explain the specific vehicle I was looking for to the test drive to picking up my new vehicle, Mitchell was amazing! JP

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Krista Decker
Sales Consultant
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Krista joins us with the opportunity to move from behind the phone and onto the sales floor!


Krista drives a Jeep Cherokee, and lives in Rhinebeck. 

Krista was my salesperson when I purchased my Jeep Renegade. She was a pleasure to do business with. I would definitely send my friends and family her way. MO 

Krista and Brandon are, as always AMAZING. They make everything so easy, and not the least bit stressful. This is not the first car we've bought from Ruge's, and I'm sure won't be the last ♥️ SP

I had a wonderful experience at Ruge's. Krista was extremely helpful and was upfront about the cost associated with leasing the vehicle. TW

I purchased a Jeep Compass from Ruge's and my sales professional was Krista Decker. She listened (unlike other dealerships I had visited ) to my needs and the second vehicle she showed me is the one I purchased. Krista is very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure working with her to make this purchase. Shawn took care of all the financial paperwork and was very thorough explaining all the details making me very comfortable with my decisions. They both made my experience at Ruge's a great one and I most definitely will return when it's time to purchase another vehicle. PO

Krista was extremely awesome to work with. Bought a used car for my son and was blown away with the excellent customer service. The buying process was easy, no pressure, no fake selling. Just honest and up front with everything. They are my first choice to buy a car from and I will recommend my friends to go there also. JC

I had the best car buying experience from Ruges! Krista and Sean made the process easy and enjoyable. Thank you thank you thank you!!! KD

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Rob Moore
Sales Consultant
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Rob Moore is the best ! Made something I was so worried was going to be difficult SO EASY and enjoyable ! Awesome place - whole staff is great  HH


Rob was great. Helped me out and set me up with a good deal. Will be back to him again. Smooth, stress-free no pressure dealership. TD


Even though car shopping is not a fun thing for me, everyone at Ruge's was helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Rob was exceptional, and the finance manager Shawn was great at explaining everything in terms I could understand. I definitely recommend Ruge's and will definitely be back for my next car!! VA

Mr. Moore is a great salesman. I highly recommend this Dealership. The staff was a pleasure to work with. You will not be disappointed. AR

Amazing place! Have bought multiple vehicles from them and have never had any issues. Highly recommend Rob in sales. Great inventory, never a let down. Check them out! JH

What a great atmosphere to buy a Vehicle. Staff made it a fun and enjoyable time buying a truck.. Robert was amazing! He was very professional and responded to my emails quickly. It's worth the ride .... MR

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Randale Fowler

I highly recommend Ruges! 
Randall was very helpful and helped me find the perfect Jeep! My experience was wonderful and will defiantly recommend people to go there! CMS

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Anthony Pagano
Sales Consultant


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Office

Melanie Benham
Office Manager


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Management

Dave Gilmour
General Manager

Dave Gilmour is the General Manager of Ruge's Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM

Dave has worked at Ruge's for over 30 years, and has previously been GM of our Oldsmobile, Subaru, and GMC stores! 
He's excited to come back to Rhinebeck where he and his family have lived for generations!

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Brandon Cole
Sales Manager
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Brandon is from Rhinebeck, attended Red Hook High School, and earned a Criminal Justice degree from DCC.

As our Sales Manager, Brandon works with our sales staff to ensure you get a great vehicle, and a great deal!

He enjoys anything with an engine!

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Zach Beckingham
Service Manager
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Dave Wheeler
Parts Manager
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Service

Anthony DePaolo
Asst. Service Manager
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Gary Townsend
Service Advisor

Gary has been with Ruge's for 6 years. He started as a Technician in the shop and is now a Service Advisor. He enjoys talking to customers and finding the perfect solution for their needs. Gary loves fishing, working on his own cars, and enjoying time with his new born son and family.

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Brian Phillips
Service Technician

Brian is one of our talented team of technicians here at Ruge's. Of his 30 years in the automotive industry, 7 have been spent with the Ruge's family. Brian is a level 3 technician. During his time off, he volunteers as captain of the Bloomington Fire Department. Brian has been married for 25 years and has two children. They love spending time with each other going on Caribbean cruises.

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Jim Renzo
Service Technician

Jim has been with Ruge's for 8 years. Jim is a very skilled technician with over 30 years of experience under his belt. As a native to Dutchess County he enjoys riding his motorcycle and camping at different sites within the Hudson Valley. 

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Chad Vining
Service Technician

Chad is one of our younger technicians in the service department. He has been with Ruge's for two years and enjoys learning more about the product on a daily basis. Chad is an automotive graduate of BOCES, and was taught by a fellow Ruge's technician. During his free time, Chad enjoys working out, riding four wheelers, and spending time with friends. 

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Eric Lunden
Service Technician


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Parts

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