Meet the Team at Ruge's Subaru | Rhinebeck, NY


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  • Kristin Hutchins
    President / CEO

    Kristin Hutchins is President, and CEO of Ruge's Automotive.


    Kristin's grandfather started Ruge's back in 1935, and it is now one of the Mid-Hudson Valley's oldest and largest family run companies.

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  • Chris Sherman
    Sales Manager
    845-876-7074

    Chris is a graduate of the Ruge's Child Labor program having 15 years of experience here already.... 


    While at FDR High School he detailed cars on weekends, and during the DCC & Marist years he worked in the Service Department.

    After getting his degree in Marketing, Chris crossed over the street to the Sales Showroom, and after spells in Sales and Finance, Chris is now our Sales Manager!

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  • Paul Arena
    Business Manager
    845-876-7074

    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.

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  • Jack Cleary
    Service Manager
    845-876-7074


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  • Tom Althizer
    Parts Manager


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  • Ryan Kelly
    Sales Consultant
    845-876-7074

    Ryan is the 3rd of our Pine Plains HS crew!

    After a degree in Business at Albany, Ryan returned to Stanfordville, and worked for the NYS Labor Department.

    Ryan's an outdoor fan enjoying skiing and hiking!

    This was my first time buying a new car. I live in Manhattan so I did all of my research online. I contacted 10 dealerships and I can say without any hesitation that Ryan was far and away the most helpful and professional salesperson I dealt with. I could have purchased closer to home and for a little less, but I chose to literally "go the extra mile" because that's what I feel Ryan (and Ruge's) did for me. Thank you.  AM

    Ryan was especially helpful, knowledgeable, and available when I bought my used Forester. No pressure, straight ahead salesmanship. You can't go wrong with Ruge's and Ryan. GW

    Excellent cars and a winning team. Ryan was terrific. Very attentive, making himself available by phone. He answered all my questions.I did a lot of research and shopping around, Ruge's in Rhinebeck was the best option. KM

    Ryan was down to earth, listened to what I wanted, and showed me vehicles that were appropriate. I never felt pressured. All my questions got answered. There was always follow-up and it was just the right amount at the right time. I saw teamwork among the staff members in the sales department each of the three times I came in to Ruge's and that impressed me. Paul in finance was super friendly too. I was thankful for the painless process and drove away feeling really happy with my purchase and relieved with the experience of buying a car. Thank you. I'd highly recommend Ryan and the dealership for buying a car! - EV

    I just purchased my 2nd car from Ryan.  As a woman who knows a thing or two about cars, I appreciate how he doesn't talk down to me as often has been the case at other dealerships.  Ruge's is definitely not your average dealership, and it's always a very pleasant experience.  I trust that the car I bought for my 17 year old daughter will be safe and solid, because I trust Ryan, and ultimately, I trust Ruge's.  LPF
    Ryan was very patient, absolutely UN-pushy and completely straightforward about supplying all the info I needed to make an informed purchase. While he freely offered an opinion if I asked for one, I never got the feeling he was trying to sell me anything...which is pretty remarkable for a car dealer.  As a mature female customer, I found his 
    natural professionalism unusual and very refreshing.
    MM, Bearsville
    Ryan was exceptionally helpful. He is likeable, very smart, and he maintained continual contact with us (yet never in an annoying way) - PS

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  • Sam Rigolino
    Sales Consultant
    845-876-7074

    "Subaru Sam" has a wealth of Automotive experience, but only 10 years at Ruge's....

    Sam lives in Stanfordville and has two sons.


    Sam's Stellar Customer Service


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

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

    Sam was outstanding! - Victor - Wappingers Falls

    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 

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  • Christian Wood
    Sales and Leasing Consultant
    845-876-7074 x41


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

    He pumped gas (remember when Ruge's had gas?), detailed cars, worked as a GM / 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, winning a Commander's Award this year.

    An Open Wheel car racer, sailor, and lover of the Great Outdoors Chris enjoys a 3 minute commute across Rhinebeck!

     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.

    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 

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  • Jennifer Mears
    Sales Consultant
    845-876-7074

    Jenn is from Amherst, MA and has a degree in Marketing from Western New England University. She now lives in Kingston, but still loves the Patriots... (sigh). Away from Ruge's Jenn loves running, her rescue dogs, and enjoying the outdoors in the Hudson Valley. 


    Low pressure, honest, no hassle with pricing. Best experience at a dealer I've ever had. Jennifer was great. Thank you!

    I had my last Subaru for 17 years. I loved that car, but she was starting to fail. Jennifer Mears took great care to help me find my next Subaru! She was very professional and extremely helpful answering all my questions. I have been having my Subaru serviced at Ruge's for 15 years and the Service Department is top notch! Overall a wonderful experience! CD

    Jenn was absolutely fantastic in helping us get our new Forester She is truthful,knowledgeable,professional,caring and respectful, and devoted her time to our purchase.This was an exceptional experience from start to finish. TH






    I went to Ruge's where I met with Jennifer Mears. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She listened carefully to my wish list and I left with a list of possible cars. I returned the next day with my husband to test drive some cars. Jennifer helped us fine tune and select our car. I was driving a 2008 Outback with 180,000 miles and I loved my car. Now I am driving a 2015 Outback Limited edition. I can't believe how awesome this car is. It does all the things I liked about my old car and added a whole new dimension. Thanks Jennifer! WL

    This has been the nicest car buying experience I've had ... ever. Jennifer, my salesperson, paid attention to my every request. She couldn't have been more helpful, relaxed and courteous, nor more enthusiastic about Subaru (as am I). VD

    "Jenn, was beyond awesome. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the vehicles - there was no dumb question for her and she answered ALL of our questions with professionalism, honesty, knowledge, and not to mention, she really put a lot of care and interest into our concerns and who were as people".  CB 

    Jenn is extremely professional, kind, and was helpful throughout the process. I totally recommend Jenn and Ruge's Subaru. JF

    Jennifer was a pleasure to deal with. Very professional, and didn't miss a detail. Always available and quick responses to any of my questions or concerns. RH

    "Jenn is super good. Knowledgeable and personable. She always quickly answered my email questions and I really appreciated that. She is friendly and professional. Serious and funny. A wonderful combination when dealing with the public". SB

    "Jenn treated me more like family vs other places I shopped at. She helped put me in the right vehicle with the best price possible. I was so happy that I purchased a second car for my son".  LR

    "I worked with Jenn, and she was excellent. I knew exactly what I wanted and she made it a really smooth and relaxing process when buying a car usually isn't. i would recommend Ruge's to anyone, and make sure you see Jen!" KD

    "I purchased a Forester from Jenn. The entire process was very pleasant. Jenn was great to work with and had lots of patience. She pretty much test drove with me every single model there is! I will definitely come back for my next car!" CW 

    Jennifer made our experience pleasant and easy. She has a nice, casual and down to earth manner that makes you feels like you are getting the real story. We love our car! Thank you Ruge's! SL

    "Jennifer was wonderful to work with. She made the process simple and pain free. She went above and beyond to help me find the perfect car!" - MR

    I dealt with Jennifer. Very competent, very friendly and, working with her boss, got me a very good deal on an Impreza. - JB

    Great experience. Jenn was extremely nice and I felt very comfortable buying a car from her. - LW 

    I had a great experience at Ruge's! Jenn was very friendly, and knowledgeable about the car I bought. The purchasing process was fast, easy, and stress free - EU

    Jenn goes out of her way to help you find the car you want with no pressure whatsoever. She is professional yet very personable and patient. I highly recommend Ruges and Jenn. - PV

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  • Jordan Palmiter
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    845-489-4704

    Jordan, the newest addition to our team, was born in Rhinebeck, and attended Our Lady of Lourdes.

    He worked part-time for his family's local Insurance Company, Palmiter Benefits Group, and also worked for UnitedHealthCare.

    He is currently a part-time student at DCC.

    Jordan has a passion for animals, the outdoors, cars and helping others.  He has two cats and a dog and spends most of his down time with his family and friends at the lake in Vermont or at Long Beach.

    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 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

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  • Austin DeMello
    Sales Consultant
    845-876-7074

    Austin is from Wappingers Falls, and attended Ketchum, and DCC. He's a proud Dad, drives a WRX, and enjoys hiking, camping, and golf.


    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

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

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  • Duane Schoonmaker
    Service Advisor
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  • Richy Abbott
    Service Advisor
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  • Jessica Simek
    Service Advisor
    845-876-7074


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  • Brett Brandes
    Service Advisor
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  • Randale Fowler
    Service Advisor
    845-876-7074


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  • Mark Sandola
    Snr. Master Technician


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  • Leo Gilmore
    Master Technician


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  • Chris Glaser
    Service Technician


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  • Don Countryman
    Service Technician


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  • Ron Burmester
    Service Technician


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  • Rick Laibach
    Service Technician


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  • Bill Wyant
    Service Technician


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