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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.

Kristin has been named a Hudson Valley Magazine 2019 Woman in Business Honoree and Ruge's was voted Best Auto Dealer in the Hudson Valley for 2018 and 2019.

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Lewis Ruge

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. 

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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.

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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.

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Robert Milkovich
Assistant Parts Director

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!

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Chris Sherman
Sales Manager

Sheldon Osofsky
Sales Manager

Paul Arena
Business Manager

Paul grew up in Westchester, but has called Dutchess home for the last 20 years.

He started his 20+ year career in Sales, but his expertise is in securing the best finance and warranty options for our customers.

Paul loves to play golf and spend time with his wife and two teenage boys.

Jack Cleary
Service Manager

Tom Althizer
Parts Manager

Jon Cohen
Assistant Service Manager



Sam Rigolino
Sales Consultant

"Subaru Sam" started with Ruge's Subaru in July of 2005! He lives in Stanfordville with his two sons, and fiance! In his time away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family! 

Favorite Thing About Working at Ruge's: "Working with great people!"

Favorite Subaru: He currently has a Subaru Impreza in his driveway! 

It was a no pressure experience. Sam was very accommodating to our needs. Overall the experience was excellent. 

I've leased several cars from Ruge's and each time I do my homework and check around other dealers in the Hudson Valley but I always come back to Ruge's because it's where I get the best deal and service. One salesman, in particular, Sam Rigolino, stands out for his people skills, knowledge, patience and follow up. -KO

Second Subaru we've purchased from Sam. He was courteous and put up with our multiple visits, test drives, and discussions. When we're ready for our next car, we'll be sure to go back again. -DF

"Had a wonderful experience with Sam! He gives salesmen a great name ...We are long term Subaru owners and although this is our first dealing with Ruges it certainly won't be our last!" -JA

This was a great experience from start to finish. It took me a long time to decide whether this was the right car for me, but I never felt rushed or pressured. The personalized attention from Sam and the clear bottom line figures provided made a big difference to me. If you're looking for quality and courtesy, Ruge's is the place to be. -RB

I had a great experience purchasing a Subaru with Sam at Ruge's! What a breath of fresh air - no pressure, no sales tactics, just respectful, helpful and timely service from start to finish. Very pleased with the offer on my trade and the final price on the vehicle. Save yourself the hassle and go to Ruge's. Highly recommend! -KH

Sam went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our vehicle - Janet

My salesman Sam was wonderful. I did not feel pressured in any way and he was so very helpful, including spending time showing me the features of the car before I drove off into the sunset! He is a keeper in my book. -ST

I bought a brand new Impreza from Sam. He went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable with my car and the payment. He took the time to answer all my questions and explain all the features of the car to me. Sam was attentive, professional and made car buying easy! I recommend Sam to anyone. -HF

Sam was very knowledgeable, professional and courteous. It was a pleasure doing business with him. - Michael  - New Fairfield, CT

I appreciated the direct and straightforward conversation about price. - Sarah - Saugerties

This is my 4th Subaru from Sam...he's excellent! - Mary - Hopewell Junction

It was the most pleasant experience I've ever had buying a car, There was none of the stereotypical behavior of car salesmen, and no sales "pitch" whatsoever. Sam, answered every question thoroughly and my old Subaru was traded in for a fair price. Perfect! - Naomi - Fishkill

I will definitely refer family and friends to Sam.- Peggy - East Fishkill

My husband and I drove about an hour each way to Ruge's for our car purchase, and it was worth each minute. Sam, was very patient, professional, honest, and kind. I cannot say enough positive things about Ruge's. Anita 

Christian Wood
Sales Consultant

Chris started at Ruges back in the 1900's...

He pumped gas (remember when Ruge's had gas?), detailed cars, worked as a GM and Subaru Technician, and a Service Manager at our Jeep store, before joining Subaru Sales.

Chris was born in the area, but grew up in Texas... but he atones for being a Cowboys fan by leading our Toys for Tots Holiday Drive, and is a winner of the Commander's Award.

An open-wheel car racer, sailor, and lover of the outdoors Chris is at home in the Hudson Valley!

 I got a great deal on a great car!  Christian is professional, knowledgeable, and conscientious.  Chris went above and beyond my expectations, with regard to making absolutely certain, I was 100% happy with my vehicle purchase.

I had a wonderful experience at Ruge's. Christian, whom I have worked with since January, was as excited as I was when I picked up my new Legacy. I love Ruge's, and everyone from sales to service is great! DF

What an incredible experience! We stopped in just to take a look at their inventory and we met up with Christian who was amazing. So courteous and professional...he was a pleasure to work with. We told him what we were looking for and he got us exactly what we wanted. The whole experience was top-notch, from the test drive to the moment we were handed the keys. I would highly recommend Ruge's Subaru. And, if you stop in, be sure to ask for Christian. Just an awesome dude! PM

We received excellent service from Christian. He made the process simple and friendly. I am very happy with my new Subaru and would highly recommend giving Christian a call. WK

Ruge's is the gold standard of auto sales in the Hudson Valley and Christian Wood specifically is terrific to work with. Buying my new car was an absolute pleasure! Thank you. RS
I can't say enough good things & recommend Ruge's enough. After shopping at (3) dealerships, I was blown away by my experience at Ruge's. The others were all good, but Ruge's and especially my salesperson Christian Wood just took everything to the next level. I didn't feel rushed or pressured to make a quick decision. The attention to my needs was remarkable. I also felt Chris was working as hard and as transparent as possible to get the right deal for both myself and the dealership. This will be my go too dealership from now on - JL
Chris made my car buying experience easy and painless. He was patient, answered all of my questions, and helped me get exactly the car I wanted at the price I could afford. So glad I found Ruge's and Chris! RP
I can not say enough wonderful things about my experience with Ruge's! Christian was AMAZING from the minute that I walked through the door! I never once felt pressured and he definitely knows his stuff :)  I see why Ruge's is one of the area's oldest family run companies....because they make YOU feel like family!!! ❤️❤️ NR

Christian was very attentive, knowledgeable, understanding, and pleasant. Followed up after the initial visit, and kept in touch as well. FG

Our salesman Christian was very knowledgeable, courteous & always willing to go that extra mile for us! We had an excellent experience! CN

Chris Wood did an exceptional job for our family. Very professional team, great selection of vehicles and reasonably priced. Strongly recommend. CW

Felt at home at ease, previous experiences elsewhere made this feel like a party! Christian was professional yet also like family. As a result you have one very happy and satisfied Subaru owner. CB

Christian was amazing! He found me the perfect car at a price I could afford and took care of everything. A+ in customer service.

Christian was exceptional. We have bought and leased past vehicles from him & we WILL keep coming back! We are extremely happy with Ruge's Dealership from sales to service. CN

I have purchased 3 cars from Ruge's. Christian is the best. If I have any questions he is always knowledgeable about the product. I will definitely be purchasing my next Subaru from Ruge's.

Chris was able to give me financing at a very low rate, and took the time to go through absolutely everything in the paperwork, so I knew exactly what I was signing. He showed me where everything was in the car, and also worked on the price with me. Chris was extremely patient while I was exploring options. - AK

We spoke to Christian about how much we wanted to spend and there was no haggling needed. They put the car in our price range and all we had to do was ask... They gave us a VERY solid trade in amount also. We were very pleased to work with Christian and will be doing so in the future. Great job Ruges! - BL, Poughkeepsie

My experience buying my Forester from Chris has been incredible in that he is caring , always keeps his word, and was a pleasure to deal with. - BD

I bought a Subaru Crosstrek from Ruge's Subaru through Chris Wood. From the moment I walked onto the dealership, I felt like this was the place I would buy my vehicle and it was! Chris was very pleasant, helpful, and patient throughout the process. Absolutely recommend working with this dealership! KL

I have been very pleased with the treatment I have received from Christian. He is very knowledgeable and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends.

Christian Wood is an excellent salesman. He always made sure I was comfortable with every aspect of the sales experience. He is an asset to your company. WK 

Jordan Palmiter
Sales Consultant

Jordan started at Ruge's back in July of 2016. Jordan was born right here in Rhinebeck and grew up a few miles down the road in Staatsburg.  He is a proud father to his 3-year-old son, Levi. He loves to spend time with his family outdoors, and up at their lake home in Vermont. Jordan had two Labrador Retrievers and now has two adorable cats!

Favorite Subaru: Impreza Sport / Forester Sport
Favorite Thing About Working at Ruge's: "Whether you are working here or buying a car here, you will be quick to notice the stress-free, friendly & family-like environment. The Ruge's family and staff work hard to make sure you are appreciated and taken care of on all levels.  I couldn't be more proud to work here."


Jordan was fantastic. If it weren't for him, we probably would have bought from another dealership. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and stayed overtime on two occasions. -SA

Jordan is an amazing salesman! No high-pressure sales and Ruge's gave me the best trade-in for my car. I would highly recommend them for your next auto purchase! SH

Exceptional experience Ruge's! I feel really positive about the entire experience -from the first test drive to the last drive off the lot. Special thanks to Jordan for being super helpful throughout the whole process. There are many places where you could buy a Subaru in the area, but there is only one place you SHOULD buy a Subaru. I look forward to working with them in the future. MF

We made our purchase long distance from CA and in the midst of a pandemic. Jordan was very accommodating and helped us through every step in the process. GM

Jordan was amazing. We did the deal over the phone and I just came in to sign the paperwork and get a tutorial on the car. Out of all the dealerships I have dealt with this was the only one that I actually had a good experience with on every level. They worked with me. Got me what I wanted at a price that was fantastic. -ET

Ruge's gave me the best price out of every Subaru dealer in the Hudson Valley. Jordan Palmiter was my salesman and made the process super fast and easy. Five Star dealership! Don't go to Kingston or Poughkeepsie! Call up Jordan at Ruge's. DR

We've always had good experiences getting our car serviced at Ruge's, but when we needed to buy a new car, I was on edge, as I had two awful experiences with other dealerships. What a difference at Ruges! Working with Jordan could not have been any easier or more pleasant. Jordan was straightforward, professional, easy going, responsive, patient (even when we changed our mind about the color), etc. We HIGHLY recommend buying a car here! We love our new Outback, got a very competitive price and truly enjoyed working with Jordan. Thank you! We'll definitely be buying our next car with you. -MS

Best customer service I could imagine buying a used car. Jordan was an amazing, helpful and knowledgeable salesman who never once pushed any upselling or did anything besides being super helpful and responsive. Love the price transparency, amazing car value, and great location and inventory. Literally don't know what else someone could ask for when buying a car! -DH

I wanted to express my appreciation for the help of Jordan at Ruge's. I was there on a Saturday, soon after they closed, and someone was about to get in his car to go home when he saw me and spent the next hour discussing cars on the lot, and answering all my questions. That was Jordan! No pressure, no sales pitch. A pleasure to work with! I purchased the car today -- a 2015 Forester at a very fair price -- and was delighted with the whole experience. -SM

Jordan was fantastic and super nice. He was not pushy at all. He was friendly and accommodating and helpful and interactive with our kids. -MW

Jordan was patient, understanding, and knowledgeable He took his time and I felt very comfortable dealing with him. Total trust!  -TC

Jordan was fantastic, he helped my friends get into a great used car at a terrific price. And his manager Chris was top notch too. 
Bar none the best experience ever in a dealership. -VS

Jordan was knowledgeable, friendly, and did not possess the "pushiness" that has led to me walking away from other dealers.

Jordan Palmiter wonderful. Friendly, knowledgeable, and personable. I felt like he wanted to help me find a car not close on a sale but so I would be satisfied and happy as a customer and young driver. He took the time to find a car that would fit my dog and set up my bluetooth. He truly shines! 

Jordan was warm, personable, highly informed, listened to me when I told him what I wanted, and had several suggestions. I love the car I ended up with and I know he is there to help me any time I need as there are many new technologies in my new car. -VS

Jordan was a pleasure to deal with: the opposite of a pushy, high-pressure salesman, which is way more persuasive, as far as I'm concerned. Instead, he was attentive, helpful, responsive & thoughtful. -GF

Austin DeMello
Sales Consultant

About: Austin joined the Ruge's team in August of 2017! He is originally from Wappingers Falls and attended Ketcham and DCC. He spends most of his free time out on the golf course, camping, hiking and enjoying all the Hudson Valley has to offer. He is also a proud parent and has a pup named Luka! 

Favorite Thing About Working At Ruge's: "The family-like environment!"

Favorite Subaru: Austin is the proud owner of a 2019 Forester Sport and 2005 Subaru Legacy GT 

Just had the best experience at Ruge's Subaru, son's first car, nervous Mom, you all made everything so smooth and easy, Austin had everything prepared and ready and put us right at ease. Pretty sure he will be getting his next car from Ruge's too! Thanks so much! TF

Austin was amazing and so helpful. I really enjoyed working with him. I also used the insurance company they recommended and saved so much money. Love Ruge's and their high quality of service. Very satisfied customer. WH

Austin was our salesperson. He was very pleasant, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the car we bought. We just ordered the car we wanted and he did the rest of the work with our insurance company and registering the car. AB

Stopped by just to look. Austin came out and introduced himself to us. We told him what we wanted and he showed us with no sales pressure at all. I have nothing but good things to say about both the dealership. Everyone was extremely kind and very professional. It was an absolute pleasure buying from Ruge's and we would recommend them to anyone looking for a Subaru. As far as the car goes, it's my first Subaru and I love it. Thank you Ruge's and thank you Austin. BM

Had a great leasing experience at Ruge's. Austin was a terrific salesman. No-fuss, no pressure. We are very happy with our new Outback. Highly recommend Ruge's! PF

Austin was super helpful and friendly! There were a couple of minor details I asked to have taken care of and they were done without hesitation, the car is exactly as I wanted! I am beyond happy with the service, thank you so much!! CA

The most pleasant experience I have ever had buying a car. Austin did a great job and Paul in finance was extremely helpful. A great company. KB

Ruge's was very courteous and welcoming to my wife and I. Our sales person Austin was very professional and thorough. He took his time in explaining all the features of the car in an understandable manner. We would definitely recommend Austin and the dealership to our friends. CD

Amazing service! Austin was very accommodating and friendly and everything was easy! DM

 My sales rep Austin was thoughtful, patient and very informative. He made the entire transaction as smooth as possible and was always checking in to see if I had more questions. Love my new "used" Subie and very happy I made the drive to Ruge's for my first Subaru! VP

Austin was wonderful, he knew his inventory and showed me exactly what I wanted and it was hassle free.  It was the best buying experience and I have told all of my friends that if they are looking to buy a new or used vehicle that you were the place to go. 

Great experience! I leased my first Subaru here from Austin. He even came in on his day off to accommodate my work schedule and he went over everything the car had to offer. This experience left a huge impact on my decision to stick with Subaru for the long run. I highly recommend Ruge Subaru as the place to go. ET

Austin was very helpful! He knew so much information on the cars! My whole first-time car buying experience was amazing thanks to Austin! AA

Austin was friendly, responsive, and so so helpful with securing a vehicle that suited our needs. He's a star at providing excellent service! NC

I never thought I'd recommend a car dealer but Ruge's isn't your run-of-the-mill dealer. it's a class act. Key to our experience: Our sales consultant, Austin DeMello, did an exceptional job across the board--from providing expert knowledge of Subaru vehicles to laying out comparable information with other vehicles and discussing lease terms. Austin is as personable as they come, and this greatly facilitated the entire process for us from beginning to end. VT

Our experience with Austin was very professional. He made the whole thing a pleasure! CM

Christopher Petersen
Sales Consultant

Chris started at Ruge's Subaru in March of 2019. He is originally from Poughkeepsie, and is a graduate of Marist College. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps with 12 years of service as an expeditionary fire and rescueman

In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his pit-bull, Brockhiking all over the Hudson Valley, singing in showcases around Poughkeepsie, and spending time at his farm in Cherry Valley, NY!

Fun Fact:  Chris has been to 23 Countries and 5 Continents! 

Favorite Thing About Working At Ruge's: "Meeting new people every day!"

Favorite Subaru: His 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT!

My salesman Chris was extremely helpful from start to finish and I highly recommend him. MJ

Very helpful and low key agency. I didn't get the usual hard sell. I worked with Chris and he treated me like a person instead of a potential commission check. It was refreshing after my experiences at other Subaru dealerships. MH

Stopped in on a whim after getting stood up at another dealership. My daughter was looking for a newer more reliable vehicle. We were assisted by Chris Petersen, who made this one of our easiest car purchases my wife and I had would ever experience and a great first-time dealership interaction for my daughter. Chris and the rest of the crew were excellent and professional getting us the best deal possible. If looking for a Subaru you can't beat Ruges.

Ordered a new car and just picked it up. The whole process was very smooth and seamless and very quick for a new car lease. I highly recommend Ruge's. Christopher Petersen and his crew are top notch and just very nice people who know what they are doing. NF

Professional, courteous and thorough! LOVE my new car and HUGE shout out to Chris for making it a great purchasing experience! EW

Christopher was excellent to work with. We had a difficult time choosing a car and he remained patient and kind. The team is friendly and welcoming. EC

Jen Brandes
Sales Consultant

About: Jen started at Ruge's Subaru back in April of 2016, but moved over to the sales floor in February of 2020! She was born & raised right here in Rhinebeck, but currently resides in Red Hook with her husband, Brett (one of our fantastic Service Advisors), and two daughters, Lilly and Alexandra

In her spare time she loves to garden, cook, and spend time with friends and family.

Favorite Thing About Working At Ruge's: "The family atmosphere, and enjoying the company of my coworkers!"

Favorite Subaru: The Brandes' driveway currently has a 2017 Subaru Impreza, along with a 2003 Subaru Baja with over 340,000 miles on it! 

I had a tremendous experience at Ruge's Subaru, Jen Brandes was absolutely phenomenal. I would recommend her 100 times over. JF

Jennifer is my hero! She took a complicated two-car trade-in and helped me drive away with a Crosstrek. The whole experience exceeded my expectations for timeliness of response, ease of trade-in, having the car ready and waiting for my test drive, listening to what I wanted and well as what I needed, and having answers for questions that kept popping in my head as I continued investigating my options. I never felt pressured to buy something more than I could afford, nor was I directed to something other than the car I wanted. I was treated with respect. I have shopped and purchased from other dealers in the area. Ruge's now has my admiration and loyalty, as well as for hiring an intelligent, kind, and respectful representative as they did when they hired Jennifer. Many thanks again. HS



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