Who You’ll Meet at RPM Truck Repair

Let us introduce ourselves! We’re a well-rounded group of diesel repair technicians and customer service professionals ready to help with all your truck and equipment service needs.

Our Owners, Shawn & Donna Fitzjarrald

Shawn Fitzjarrald, grew up in Xenia, Illinois and graduated from Flora High School in 1988. Early on, he and his father ran a repair shop out of their garage. He later worked at a salvage yard, factory, and eventually both dealership and independent truck shops. Shawn is certified with Cat, Cummins, and International engines.

Donna (Harris) Fitzjarrald, a 1992 graduate of Effingham High School, found her love for accounting from her neighbors, where she worked in her first office. She later attended Sparks Business College in 1993.

In 1996, Shawn and Donna met, fell in love and then were married in September of 1998. They now reside in Altamont where they raise their 3 children.

Shawn and Donna began the dream of being self-employed. Through a lot of prayer and communication, they opened Reliable Professional Maintenance, Inc. (RPM) on May 1, 2008. Shawn's leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit along side of Donna's love for accounting and organization has helped them immensely through the years.

Their motto at RPM is, "If it runs on diesel, we'll fix it!" Rpm started out small, but has grown to an independent truck shop that they are proud to own. "Our goal is to provide a trustworthy place where people can be treated like friends, trust the person working on their equipment, and to fix it right the first time!" Shawn strives to pass this knowledge onto his employees each and every day.

RPM Truck Repair Auto Repair Shop

Our goal is to provide a trustworthy place where people can be treated like friends, trust the person working on their equipment, and to fix it right the first time!

MEET OUR Crew

Chris - Shop Manager at RPM

Chris, Shop Manager - Palestine

Chris joined our team in 2016 as a foreman/ manager. Chris will be taking on the role of running and managing the shop. Thus far he is doing a very good job. Chris came to us with many years of experience. Chris resides in Hutsonville and likes having the ability to go home at lunch.  In his free time he likes to work on projects, weld, and spend time with his two dogs. We are very proud to welcome him aboard. Next time you drop in, introduce yourself. He would love to meet you!

Adam - Service Writer at RPM Truck Repair in Palestine, IL

Adam, Service Writer - Palestine

Adam is our full- time service writer in Palestine. He came to us with two years of experience and while he has only worked in this industry a short time, he has caught on quickly and makes a great addition to our team! Adam is a lifelong resident of the Palestine area. Adam has a degree in process technology and applied sciences which may not be needed for service writing but the skills learned through schooling has helped him along the way. In Adam's free time he enjoys shooting his bow, playing basketball, and helping on the family farm. You will never find Adam grumpy, he's usually singing, dancing, or telling jokes to his coworkers in his downtime. Next time you are in the shop, Adam will be taking care of you with the friendliest of smiles!

Jim - Dispatcher at RPM

Jim, Dispatcher - Effingham

Jim is our dispatcher/ service writer. He haas been working in the truck repair industry for over 30 years and has 15 years experience as a service writer. Jim currently resides in Rinard IL with his wife Jane. Jim has 5 children whom he enjoys spending his time with. An interesting fact about JIm is that he is a hunting Guide. Jim rounds out our service counter team and we are excited for you to work with him!

Sheila - Administrative Assistant at RPM Truck Repair in Palestine, IL

Sheila, Administrative Assistant - Palestine

Sheila is no stranger to the Palestine area! She has worked in the RPM building for 40+ years and we are excited to have her on our RPM staff. Sheila is the administrative assistant. She handles sending you your bills, making sure the guys all stay on task and being a smiling face at the front counter! Sheila is married to Douglas, they have one son, four grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and boating on the Wabash River. Sheila said her favorite thing about RPM is that the company is family oriented. Next time you're in, ask Sheila about her friend Sharky!

Shaelee - Executive Assistant at RPM Truck Repair

Shaelee, Executive Assistant - Palestine

Shaelee is our Executive Assistant. She assists the owners is various tasks along with taking care of all the social media marketing, paper marketing, and email marketing. She also handles writing payroll for all the RPM employees. Shaelee recently moved to Hutsonville, IL to be closer to work. In her free time, Shaelee likes to spend time with her boyfriend, paint, and snuggle with her two puppies!

Ron - Outside Sales at RPM

Ron, Outside Sales - Effingham

Ron has been in the parts field for over 40 years and is also Donna's dad. He joined our team in late 2011 and resides in Effingham with his wife, Sherrill. Ron is known by many and brings some great experience to our team. We say that he knows more about truck parts than most will ever know. Ron fills the position as Outside Sales. Look for him to be stopping at your door in the near future!

Jake Thomas - Security at RPM Truck Repair

Jake Thomas, Security (Effingham & Palestine)

Jake Thomas (known to most as Jake Jake) is our head of security. Jake is the dog of the owners, Shawn and Donna Fitzjarrald. Jake has been part of our crew since he was old enough to know his own name. Don't let that snaggletooth fool you, Jake is 100% non-vicious. He spends his free time eating cookies and showering everyone he sees with puppy kisses! Next time you are in the shop, don't be surprised if this little furball is the first friendly face to greet you!

Caleb -Technician & In-house Trainer at RPM Truck Repair in Palestine, IL

Caleb, Technician - Palestine

Caleb is our newbie of the group. Caleb came to us with little experience in the diesel industry but from training and catching on he has grown to be very knowledgable. Caleb says his strength in the industry is the ability to learn new things quickly, this is true after only 6 months he now knows double maybe even triple of what he knew when he started. Caleb currently resides in Terre Haute, Indiana with his wife and two daughters. In his free time he likes to spend time with his family and trade cars. Caleb's favorite thing about RPM is the family atmosphere. Welcome to the family Caleb!

Dan - Lead Technician & In-house Trainer at RPM Truck Repair in Palestine, IL

Dan, Lead Technician & In-house Trainer - Effingham

Dan Hoffman is our lead technician and in-house trainer at our Effingham location. He has 39 years of experience in the truck repair industry. Dan is a lifelong resident of Effingham where he lives with his wife of 40 years, Mary Lynn. They are blessed with two children and four grandchildren. Dan enjoys keeping busy whether it be woodworking or traveling, but when you give him a second to sit down he will probably be sleeping. We are so happy to have Dan and all of his truck repair knowledge on our team.

Dustin - Technician at RPM in Effingham, IL

Dustin, Technician - Effingham

Dustin is a 2004 Nashville Auto Diesel College graduate. He lives in Vandalia with his wife, Heather, and their four children. Dustin is a great asset to our team as well. He is well-rounded as a technician working on everything from electronic programming to overhauls to suspension repair. He is highly trained on all the latest electronic engines.

Jason - Technician at RPM Truck Repair in Palestine, IL

Jason, Technician - Palestine

Jason has been working for us since we first bought the Palestine location. He came to us with more than 10 years in the diesel industry. Jason graduated from Lincoln tech and uses that knowledge in his everyday work. Jason and his wife Terri Jo reside outside of Robinson on the family farm. In his spare time, Jason likes to spend time with friends and family and help run the farm. Jason's favorite truck to work on is older Internationals. Jason said his favorite thing about RPM is we can all work together to get last minute jobs done.

Kevin - Effingham Technician at RPM

Kevin, Technician - Effingham

Kevin Habing has over five years of experience as a diesel technician. His abilities range from electronic diagnosis to engine overhauls to chassis repair. Kevin is a great asset to the team and he is willing to work on anything that is thrown his way. He is a lifelong resident of Altamont. In his spare time, Kevin spends time with his daughter, Isabelle, hanging out with his girlfriend, Kami, and riding 4-wheelers with his friends.

Ralph - Technician at RPM in Effingham, IL

Ralph, Technician - Effingham

Ralph has been a technician since 1986. He is a lifelong resident of the Effingham area with his wife Norma. He is one of our lead techs ranging from engine rebuilds to electrical work. Ralph is a seasoned mechanic in all areas of repair on equipment and trucks. Ralph likes to keep everyone on their toes here at the shop. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring old tractors.

Latham - Technician at RPM

Latham, Technician - Effingham

Latham joined our crew right out of tech school. With that being said Latham is a good technician that strives to get better everyday. Latham is a lifelong resident of Toledo. In his free time he likes to hunt, fish, and spend time with his friends. Latham also has a dog named, Archy. "My favorite thing about RPM is the diversity of trucks and types of repairs that come in." he said. We are proud that Latham chose RPM to further his education and gain knowledge from our in- house trainers.

Brandon - Technician at RPM

Brandon, Technician - Palestine

Brandon joined our team in early 2017, he came to use with the want to help us branch into the automotive repair industry. He has more than 18 years' experience in this field and is constantly retraining to keep up with new technology changes and advances in vehicles. Brandon is ASE Master Certified, GM Master Certified and he has been through GM Technical Service College. Brandon currently resides in Oblong. Brandon enjoys working on cars, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his two children. Brandon's favorite vehicle to work on are Chevrolets. A random fun fact about Brandon is he has-and I quote- "lots of gray hair".

Dan - Service Writer at RPM

Dan, Service Writer - Effingham

Dan is our day shift service writer. He came to us with more than 25 years of customer service! Dan has gone through D.O.T. Compliance Training and OSHA Compliance training. Dan's knowledge of the repair process, his nature to work well with the public and his constant good mood is what makes him a great addition to our RPM team. Dan and his wife, Nancy, currently reside in St. Elmo. In his free time, Dan likes to landscape and cook. Dan's favorite thing about RPM is working with the customers everyday! Dan is a great addition to our team and we are very lucky to have him.

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