Diane Schnabel is the friendly face you see when you enter Saarie Auto Body. She works at the front desk, anwsering phone calls, visiting with customers, scheduling and billing.
Blaine opened Saarie Auto Body & Repair at the young age of 23. He knew his whole life he wanted to own and run a repair shop. He started with just himself and one employee to help him. Now, 28 years later he has several employees and spends most of his time in the office with customers and he is the one to help the employees.
Along with his 38 years of experience, Blaine is also I-Car certified, ASE certified, PPG paint certified and has continued training through out his years in business.
Blaine says he enjoys running his business and providing service to the greater Freeman area. "I have many customers that I consider my friends and that is invaluable. Many of my customers have been with me since the beginning. That is loyalty, and I appreciate them. I understand the importance of having a repair shop you can trust, you put your family in your vehicles every day, and that is precious cargo!"
Penny Saarie received the job title of Office Manager when she married Blaine in 1990. Since then, Penny has done everything from accounting to washing vehicles. She received a degree in automotive management from AMI in 2004. She is active with customer and vendor relations as well as managing employees. Over the years, she has continued to educate herself in automotive shop management through various on-going classes and training. She is always working to keep the shop up to date and educated on new products and procedures.
Penny has been extremely active in the community. She has served as a City Council Representative, President of the Freeman Development Corporation, board member on numerous community boards such as library and the Freeman Community Theatre.
Blaine and Penny have one child together, Shay.
Blaine & Penny Saarie, Owners
Thomas Evenson went to Denver Institution of Technology for 2 years before moving onto Bethel College for 2 years. Before working at Saarie Auto Body for 17 years, he worked at several different body shops from Denver, Colorado to Turkey Ridge, South Dakota. He has earned many certificates in Standard, such as: Enhanced/Ignition Diagnostics, Electronic Climate Control Service, General Motors Engine Performance, Ford Engine Performance III, Chrysler Engine Performance II, Honda/Acura Engine Performance & many more. Tom works with suspension & steering, maintenance, cool systems, air conditioning, air bag systems, automotive electrical, ABS brakes and exhaust systems. He says "Cars are an amazing thing. They're like the 8th wonder of the world." Tom likes hunting, fishing, bicycling and also exercise in general. He's been married to Cindee for 34 years and together they have two kids: Karalee and Tim.
Troy Muchmore started at Saarie's in 1999. Troy works with computerized paint mixing, paint preperation, mig welding, refinish technician, oxy/acetylene welding, machine polishing, mechanic, maintenance, plastic repair, has been an apprentice/helper and has done his fair share of glass installation. He says "It's really rewarding to fix something that was broken and make it work." He loves going UTV riding and participating in tractor pulls. Troy has been married to his lovely wife, Peggy, for 25 years.
Brandon does lots of things here at Saarie Auto Body Repair. He works with frame straightening, restoration, color matching, computerized paint mixing, body technician, mig welding, oxy/acetylene welding, paint preparation, refinish technician, machine polishing, maintenance, glass installation, plastic repair, air conditioning, and also air bag systems.
Working at Saarie Auto Body since 2013, John Butkus went to Creighton University for 1 year for a major in science but then went to the University of Nebraska, Omaha for a year. Before Saarie's, he owned and operated a dental lab for 32 years and also worked in Yankton for Northtown Chevrolet, restoring cars. John has worked with restoration, maintainance, plastic repair, color matching, detailing (a whole lot), paint preparation, body technician, mig welding, refinish technician and machine polishing. He enjoys restoring things, "making something out of nothing," he said. Being in a small community, John has been on the Freeman Academy school board, hospital board, and also mows lawns at his church with his youngest son, Chris. John's family is very important to him. He has been married 28 years to his beautiful wife , Jeri. They have 3 kids: Lucas, Natalie, and Chris.
Patrick Graber, who grew up in Freeman, went to Lake Area Technical Institute before putting in his almost five years here at Saarie's. At Lake Area, he got his associate degree in automotive mechanics and came to Saarie's right out of college. Pat works on suspension and steering, computerized wheel alignments, cooling systems, ABS brakes, air conditioning, air bag systems and automotive electrical. He enjoys hunting, fishing and does a lot of running. He also helps out at Freeman's annual Schmeckfest. Patrick says he likes working on cars because he likes "repairing what's broken."