• Account
  • Welcome to the Rüder Group

    The Ruder Group was founded in 1998. For over 20 years, we have partnered with only the best independent manufacturers to bring innovative products, top-tier customer service and forward thinking to the Design/Build community of Chicago and Wisconsin. Our diverse backgrounds in design, construction, sales and project-management allow our team to consistently deliver a best-in-class experience to our client base. We collaborate daily with architects, designers, furniture dealers, GCs, installers and end-users to ensure unrivaled execution on our projects. Our team approach allows us to deploy the proper resources and appropriate people for each individual project. We understand there is no “one-size-fits-all” in our business.

    Our Team

    • Matt Ruder

      Matt Ruder

      Managing Partner | Contract Furniture

      [email protected]
      Matt founded The Ruder Group in 1998. He has been active in the Chicago A&D community for close over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all of his clients and projects. Matt is an active supporter of IIDA, DIFFA and IIDC. He, his wife, their three kids and dog, Neko live in Chicago.
    • Chrissy Thompson

      Chrissy Thompson

      Managing Partner | Architectural Products

      [email protected]
      Chrissy has been with the Ruder Group for over 10 years. As Managing Partner, her focus lies in leading our Architectural Products division. She is truly a resource for the A&D and contractor communities. Her attention to detail serves this role well. She lives with her husband, son and dog, Doc, in Chicago.
    • Brad Scelfo

      Brad Scelfo

      Partner | Contract Furniture

      [email protected]
      Brad has a background in fine arts and brings that creativity to his work with the A&D community. As Partner in the Contract Furniture division of RG, Brad offers extensive product knowledge and unparalleled customer service. Brad lives in the suburbs with his husband and their toy poodle, Dolly.
    • Katey Spicer

      Katey Spicer

      Partner | Contract Furniture

      [email protected]
      Katey brings over 16 years of experience to her Partner | Contract Furniture role at RG. She has spent the last 9 years developing the A&D team at a local dealership as well leading marketing efforts, sales, and project execution.  She is a valued resource in the industry. Katey lives with her husband, two young boys and their dog, Otis, in the west suburbs.
    • Alyssia Magnuson

      Alyssia Magnuson

      Contract Furniture and Architectural Products Representative

      [email protected]
      Alyssia covers the states of WI and MN for the Rüder Group. Prior to joining RG, she practiced interior design which has equipped her with a well-rounded understanding of the industry. She is the Co-Director of Milwaukee City Center on the IIDA Board and she resides in Milwaukee with her husband, daughter and their pup, Nash!
    • Carrie Hahn

      Carrie Hahn

      Contract Furniture and Architectural Products Representative

      [email protected]

      Carrie has over 17 years of experience as an interior designer in both New York and Chicago. Carrie also worked as a corporate account manager for a furniture dealer in Chicago prior to joining manufacturer sales in 2017. Carrie's breadth of knowledge and experience make her an invaluable member of our team. Carrie lives in the city with her husband, two boys and dogs, Neenu and Winnie.

    • Cedric Smith

      Cedric Smith

      Contract Furniture Project Manager

      [email protected]
      Cedric has been with RG for over 10 years and has been an intregral part of the growth of the company. He provides insight, direction and technical support to projects at any phase. Cedric is a true resource to his team members and our clients. Cedric, his wife, two children and their dogs, Pedro and Stanley, live in Beverly.
    • Edgar Cobar

      Edgar Cobar

      Marketing Project Manager

      [email protected]

      Edgar has a residential interior design background and transitioned to the commercial interiors industry in 2019. Prior to RG, Edgar worked with a local furniture dealer. He manages our Marketing initiatives and provides support to the sales team. Edgar lives on the northside in Chicago.