Welcoming the 4th Generation of the Runde Family to Runde Auto Group!

Jacob Puls office

We are excited to welcome our newest salesperson at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Jacob Puls!

Jacob is the great grandson of founder Alfred Runde, thus a fourth generation Runde. He will be starting his career as Tim Runde’s sales assistant.

Jacob recently graduated from Augustana College with a double major in Finance and Marketing, along with a minor in Economics.  Jacob, who played football for four years at Augustana, loves sports.

“I am a huge football fan and college basketball fan, but also enjoy watching the Blackhawks and Cubs,” he said. “I have been a Fighting Illini fan since my grandfather Paul Runde introduced me to them when I was a young kid and really follow the football and basketball teams closely. Besides that I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and buddies whenever I can.”

He grew up in East Dubuque and has two brothers.

“I have a twin brother who went to the same college as me and was my roommate throughout college as well,” Jacob said. “My younger brother also went to the same college and will be a sophomore next year.  My dad works in the IT Department at Runde Auto Group so I get to see him every day. My mother is a Special Education Teacher at Carver Elementary. My whole family is big into sports.”

His favorite part of sales so far is meeting new people.

“I love interacting with the people and getting to know them on a personal level,” he said. “It is fascinating to talk with people about different topics and their lifestyle and hobbies.”

He recently leased a Chevrolet Malibu from Runde’s and said it is his favorite vehicle at the moment.

“The vehicle has lots of options and is a smooth ride,” Jacob said.

You can reach Jacob at (866) 735-5200 or japuls@rundeautogroup.com.

Music in the Gardens begins June 7!

Music in the Gardnes

The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has been hosting summer musical performances for more than 20 years and this year will be no different!

Music in the Gardens, the arboretum’s free weekly summer concert series, begins June 7 and runs through Aug. 30. Performances this year will include Jim Busta’s polka band, Hunter Fuerste’s American Vintage Orchestra, the Kids From Wisconsin, a Beatles tribute, the Ridge Rangers, and more.

“We have an amphitheatre that projects the sound, people can get up and dance to the music, and we learn more about local artistic talent,” said Sandi Helgerson, the executive director of the arboretum. “The music venues from week to week are very diverse and there are also opportunities to explore the gardens before the event.”

Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

“Some people bring their own picnic dinner or wine,” Sandi said. “There will also be food available for purchase from HyVee.”

In the case of rain, about 100 people can fit under the pavilion. The bands will play rain or shine.

Sponsors make free admission possible, and Runde Auto Group is proud to sponsor Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles tribute at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30!

To see video snippets of each band, visit: http://www.dubuquearboretum.net/special-events/music-in-the-gardens/.

Below is the full Music in the Gardens schedule:

2015 Music in the Gardens Concert Schedule

Win 2 Tickets to America’s River Festival from Runde’s!

2015 America's River Festival Ticket Banner

This year’s America’s River Festival will be jam-packed with some great music!

The event, which is June 12-13 in the Port of Dubuque, will feature Sam Hunt, Dan & Shay, Old Dominion, Tommy James & The Shondells, America, and Grand Funk Railroad!

And guess what: YOU CAN WIN 2 TICKETS!

Runde Auto Group has several general admission and VIP tickets for each night that we are going to give away to randomly selected participants in our contest.

To enter: Like us on Facebook and post a photo of you with your Runde ride by Monday, June 8. Be as creative as you’d like, but be sure to LIKE and TAG us in it so we can see it too! Our Facebook page is: Facebook.com/RundeAuto.

Participants must be 18 years or older and employees of Runde Auto Group are not eligible.

For more information about America’s River Festival, visit www.americasriverfestival.com.

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