About Us

WAKEMAN EQUIPMENT is committed to providing our customers with only the best in equipment and services.  With over 30 years of collision repair experience, including hands-on repair and shop management, we recognize the challenges and opportunities facing body shops today.  Wakeman Equipment has learned first-hand what shop owners need to become more profitable and choosing the best product to help them achieve their goals.  Our Sales, Service and Office teams work together to respond to your equipment needs and service requests.

Our President

Don Wakeman
Don Wakeman – Don organized Wakeman Equipment back in 1992. Over the past years he has been ultimately responsible for expanding our current customer database between Garmat and Car-O-Liner sales. He began his collision industry career as a body shop technician. That experience has given him further insight into the workings of a body shop. He enjoys working with customers to design the most efficient equipment layout to maximize space and increase productivity.

Sales Representatives

Chris Cooling – Sales Territory:  Southern Wisconsin, Iowa and Northern Illinois for Garmat and Car-O-Liner sales.    Chris joined Wakeman Equipment in March of 2014.   Car-O-Liner I-CAR certified instructor 

Scott Hausauer
Scott Hausauer – Sales Territory:  Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and the UP of Michigan for Garmat and Car-O-Liner sales.   Scott joined Wakeman Equipment in September of 2012. Car-O-Liner I-CAR certified instructor 

James Gregait – Sales Territory: To Be Determined James started with Wakeman Equipment in April of 2019 and is in Training for sale of Garmat and Car-O-Liner sales along with the rest of our product line.

Service Technicians

Our Service Technicians respond to our customer’s service requests with fully stocked vans. If you need a filter change, mechanical inspection, technical question – our technicians are here to help.

Rich Holland (“R2”)  – R2, started with us in February of 2014 and works primarily in Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan. Prior to joining Wakeman Equipment he was a builder for 10 years, building Garmat Paint booths around the area. Garmat Certified Technician

Joel Kendell-2
Joel Kendell – Joel has been responding to our customers’ service requests since January of 1999.    His experience is invaluable – from service and installations to fire-up and utility/contractor questions.  Garmat Certified Technician

Tony Schallitz –Tony joined our Wakeman Equipment service department in January of 2018 and serves customer sites in Wisconsin and Illinois. Tony came to us with extensive collision repair experience working with Car-O-Liner and Garmat products. Garmat Certified Technician  Car-O-Liner Certified Technician, and I-Car Certified Training 

Tyler Tutle – Tyler recently joined Wakeman Equipment as a Service Technician and will be servicing Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Tyler has a great set of mechanical knowledge and is excited to learn more. Car-O-Liner Certified Technician in Training, Garmat Technician in Training

Office Staff

Sue Maurer
Sue Maurer – Garmat Sales Coordinator Sue has been with Wakeman Equipment since 1997, her experience and knowledge is priceless.  At one time or another she has worked with our entire customer base. 

Patty Schwendtner–  Office Manager Patty started with Wakeman Equipment in October of 2020 bringing more than 25 years of office and accounting experience.  In addition to office management and accounting Patty assists with Garmat Sales coordination. 

Karen Jain – Administrative Specialist and Car-O-Liner Sales Coordinator Karen joined Wakeman Equipment in February 2019 and handles Car-O-Liner, Garmat Service Agreements as well as Administrative Support, Marketing and Social Media Management.