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  • KRISTIN HUTCHINS

    KRISTIN HUTCHINS

    President, CEO

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    KRISTIN HUTCHINS

    KRISTIN HUTCHINS

    President, CEO

    Kristin Ruge Hutchins is President at Ruge's Chevrolet. 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.

  • LEWIS RUGE

    LEWIS RUGE

    Founder

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    LEWIS RUGE

    LEWIS RUGE

    Founder

    As a young boy, Lewis Ruge watched his dad build a vehicle sales and service business, Ruge's Chevrolet, 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 Chevrolet 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 lewis@rugesauto.com.

  • SCOTT HUTCHINS

    SCOTT HUTCHINS

    Vice President

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    SCOTT HUTCHINS

    SCOTT HUTCHINS

    Vice President

    In 2015, Scott Hutchins joined his wife Kristin as Vice President at Ruge's Chevrolet, 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 Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet so well-respected throughout the region. In addition to serving as part of the executive team at Ruge's Chevrolet, 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 the University of Vermont, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Resort Marketing and Management in 1984. Email Scott: shutchins@rugesauto.com.

  • JIM KING

    JIM KING

    Director of Fixed Operations

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    JIM KING

    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 Chevrolet. 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 Chevrolet 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 Chevrolet, 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.

  • PATRICK DOWNES

    PATRICK DOWNES

    Director of Digital Marketing

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    PATRICK DOWNES

    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 Chevrolet 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.

Management

  • TANNER HUTCHINS

    TANNER HUTCHINS

    Sales Manager

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    TANNER HUTCHINS

    TANNER HUTCHINS

    Sales Manager

    Tanner grew up at Ruge's Chevrolet in the Service and Detail departments, before moving on to Sales. He lives in Rhinebeck, and has a Business Degree from the University of New Hampshire

  • MITCHELL ROBIDEAU

    MITCHELL ROBIDEAU

    Business Manager

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    MITCHELL ROBIDEAU

    MITCHELL ROBIDEAU

    Business Manager

    Mitch joins us from our sister Chrysler store but has plenty of previous GM experience. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife and three daughters where he enjoys coaching the Pop Warner football team. Mitch has a Suburban that is the perfect fit for the family!

  • JOANNE HOLMES

    JOANNE HOLMES

    Service Manager

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    JOANNE HOLMES

    JOANNE HOLMES

    Service Manager

  • NATHAN TOTTEN

    NATHAN TOTTEN

    Parts Manager

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    NATHAN TOTTEN

    NATHAN TOTTEN

    Parts Manager

    Nathan sneaks across the border from Connecticut in his Silverado every day… Nathan’s been with us for almost 10 years, and loves playing softball in his spare time.

Sales

  • GARY CIFERRI

    GARY CIFERRI

    Sales Consultant

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    GARY CIFERRI

    GARY CIFERRI

    Sales Consultant

    Gary not only sells Chevrolets, but he’s also the Town Supervisor of Washington! Formerly Mayor of Millbrook, and a U.S. Veteran, Gary has lived in the area his whole life

  • JOE BRINK

    JOE BRINK

    Sales

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    JOE BRINK

    JOE BRINK

    Sales

    Joe is from Hyde Park and joins us from Rhinebeck Bank where he worked on Car Loans. His favorite Chevy is the Camaro!

  • ERIC SKABRY

    ERIC SKABRY

    Sales

    ERIC SKABRY

    ERIC SKABRY

    Sales

Service

  • MARK STORMS

    MARK STORMS

    Service Advisor

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    MARK STORMS

    MARK STORMS

    Service Advisor

    Another 30-year industry veteran, with over 15 years here! Mark drives a Chevy, and loves to hunt, fish, and shoot clays.

  • JOEY DAKIN

    JOEY DAKIN

    Service Advisor

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    JOEY DAKIN

    JOEY DAKIN

    Service Advisor

Parts

  • MARK FLINN

    MARK FLINN

    Parts Advisor

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    MARK FLINN

    MARK FLINN

    Parts Advisor

    Mark is from Clinton Corners, and has been here for almost 35 years! (that’s not quite the record!). I think he knows where every single one of the million GM parts is! Sometimes Mark and Russ will admit to being related…

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