FERRARI MASERATI ASTON MARTTIN BMW MERCEDES-BENZ PORSCHE LEXUS ROLLS ROYCE BENTLEY RANGE ROVER
Meet Our Staff
Growing up in Chester, England, Hugh Bate knew he had the car bug when, at 4 years old, his father brought home a new car which Hugh quickly and correctly identified as a Jaguar Mark II. Continuing his fascination with all things automotive, Hugh eventually worked with a number of prestigious dealerships, including Hexagon of Highgate (BMW), Mercedes-Benz of Park Lane, Sytner of Nottingham (BMW), and Stratton of Wilmslow. (RR, Bentley, Ferrari & AMG). After moving to Florida in 1986, he worked with Palm Porsche and Champion Porsche in both sales and management.
Hugh founded Chariots of Palm Beach in 1993, a unique wholesale car business with a reputation between dealers in S.E. Florida for pristine automobiles. Gradually, Hugh began to hear from more and more of the general public who had heard of his reputation and wanted to buy directly from Chariots of Palm Beach. Spending 12 years in the wholesale specialty car business has given him a unique ability to purchase luxury automobiles of the highest quality at the best price.
In 1999, Hugh bought a freestanding building in a good location and through extensive renovations created an exceptionally clean environment that makes customers feel comfortable and confident in the quality of the cars and service. Hugh is always looking for ways to make Chariots of Palm Beach better and to bring in new and exciting inventory that Chariots of Palm Beach customers have come to expect.
General Manager and Finance Manager
Michael King has 30 years of experience in all aspects of the automobile industry. He joined Chariots of Palm Beach six years ago from a prestigious Mercedes-Benz dealership in Cherry Hill, New Jersey where he was both Sales and Finance Manager for seven years. Michael's experience, along with his professional and friendly personality continue to make him a positive asset for Chariots of Palm Beach.
Chris Perrotta joins us with eight years experience in selling new BMW's and one year as an auto broker. Chris has extensive knowledge of both vintage and modern automobiles.
Fred Roe is a New Jersey native with over 15 years experience. He has been a car fanatic since he can remember, even buying and selling cars before graduating from high school. While in college he independently worked for 3 area dealerships as a wholesale buyer. He founded an automotive wholesale business that bought and sold cars from local dealerships as well as private individuals. Deciding that he did not want to see another winter, Fred moved to South Florida in the beginning of 2005. He soon joined Infiniti of Palm Beach and was consistently a top performer where he was quickly promoted to Finance Manager. After meeting Hugh and the crew at Chariots of Palm Beach, Fred knew that he wanted to be part of the team. " I have worked at the large corporate dealerships and knew that the personal nature of Chariots customer service was very special." Fred's past experience and his keen interest in the knowledge of high line automobiles, as well as his consistent professionalism will ensure a satisfying buying experience.
Director of Luxury Rental Division
Sarah Bate started the rental division in January of 2003, and has already made Chariots of Palm Beach the prime source for luxury rental cars in the Palm Beach area. Her marketing has been focused on private and fractional jet owners and luxury hotels in Palm Beach.
Sarah has a residential real estate background, selling homes for six years in both Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. Her switch to renting luxury cars came about when she and her husband Hugh Bate realized the lack of high quality exotic vehicles for rent in the Palm Beach area. "We knew that when visitors came to Palm Beach, they would appreciate driving a fabulous car to make their experience a special one," says Sarah. "It's wonderful to drive a beautiful car in such a beautiful place."
Working with the sales team, Sarah has put together a superb selection of convertibles, sedans and SUV's that will reflect anyone's style and taste. "We offer impeccable service and strive to make renting our unique vehicles as easy and convenient as possible," says Sarah. "Our clients are always treated with distinction." Chariots Luxury Rentals also provides executive services such as complimentary pick-up and delivery, luxury transfers to and from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), 24-hour roadside assistance, and free washing of your rental whenever you request it.
Sales & Internet Manager
George Franklin joined Chariots in 2001 and has helped implement the Chariots Internet marketing plan. His mission is to photograph the latest additions to the car inventory, while updating the Web site on a daily basis and assisting new customers with their selections.