Staff



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  • Jim Griffin
    President
    (262) 542-5781

    Jim started selling cars for his Dad when he was 18, right after his graduation from Waukesha High School (south campus).  He took to it like a fish in water!  You have to remember, this was the days before the Internet.  Customers relied on salespeople for the information they needed.  And, Jim knew all about cars and their history.


    But, that wasn't all.  Jim found he loved EVERY aspect of the car business:  the staff...the products...the activity...and, especially...the customer.  If Jim were to sum up the secret of his success, he'd say he "just likes and understands people".  It's as simple as that.

    He also likes boating, fishing and golf...when he finds the time.  You see, Jim is never one to shy away from hard work.  In fact, you'll find him at the store most days and into the night.

    Jim devoted 25 years to serving as Chairman of the Wisconsin's Ford Dealer Ad Board.  He's involved in his own advertising as well.  You may recognize him from his TV ads, as many folks do.  Outside of the office, he hears, "THAT would be Jim Griffin" quite often.  Next time you spot him, be sure to point that out!

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  • John Griffin
    General Manager
    262-542-5781

    Growing up a Griffin, you'd expect John to end up in the car business.  In fact, he can trace his commitment down to the actual day:  at age 8, riding in the backseat of his Dad's '66 Thunderbird convertible, John said to himself, "I wanna be just like him!"


    The rest is history!  He found he enjoyed working with people and helping them get into "cool" cars.  (Thank goodness Griffin sold Fords).  "It's a great product with something for everyone", says John.

    Griffin Ford was the first dealership built on Highway 18.  Since then, the neighborhood's experienced unprecedented growth.  And, John has been there (since '72) to see it all.  Starting as a Lot Attendant (washing cars every Saturday) he worked his way up--driving and delivering vehicles with his buddies, then advising in the service drive  That's where he really learned to talk to customers, and love it!

    In his free time, John plays tennis, spends time with his 3 kids and skis (both downhill and on water).  In fact, skiing takes him traveling beyond Wisconsin--to Colorado, Oregon, Utah and California.  But, he always finds his way home--to ride the rolling hills of Wisconsin--in his '56 Thunderbird (which he purchased when he was 18).  Like father...like son...there's just something about that car!

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  • Mike Griffin
    Internet Manager
    414-434-5151 X8801

    Mike is always smiling.  He feels Griffin Ford is a GREAT place to work and enjoys helping our customers.  He's been in the business since 2009--a tough time to come on board.  But, he has thrived in the family atmosphere.


    Outside work, Mike likes to snowboard and is an avid fantasy football player.  His love of music leads him most often to concerts, including those of "the best band ever"-Phish!

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  • Jordyn Magpoc Internet Manager
    (262)542-5781


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  • Jim Stein
    Fleet Manager
    262-542-5781

    Jim has been in the car business for 40 years, so he's basically seen and done it all.  But seriously...that kind of longevity brings a great understanding of how things work.  And, customers find Jim can answer most of the questions they have.  


    He's most appreciated for his positive attitude...and the little sayings he likes to adopt.  With the normal ups and downs in life, its great to hear some words of wisdom once in a while.  Jim is your go-to guy for that!

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  • Kip Rupple
    New Car Manager
    262-542-5781

    Kip is a real home-town guy.  He was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, as was his Dad and Grandfather before him.  Having such deep roots makes him a natural fit for Sales Manager at Griffin Ford.  He's connected to the community and enjoys working with the people from the area.

    When he's not busy helping Griffin grow, Kip enjoys golf, riding his Harley and playing guitar in a classic rock band.  A well-rounded man, he doesn't hesitate to talk about his love of the Ford product...and his girlfriend.  Stop in and see Kip soon.

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  • Mark Doedens
    New Car Manager
    262-542-5781


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  • Loren Sweeney
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    (262)542-5781

    Loren grew up in nearby Mukwonago, Wisconsin.  He went from the bear's den to working for Griffin Ford in 1990.  From that point, it's been a quick ascent to our Used Car Manager position.  He's a great leader in a department that has grown exponentially since his arrival.

    In his free time, Loren loves to spend time with his wife and son.  He fits in some activity too:  running 5K races, hiking and fishing.  Which reflects in his words to live by:  "If you want to change your body, exercise.  If you want to change your life, become a runner."

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  • Anton Lak
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    (262)542-5781

    Anton joined the Griffin Auto Family in 2011.  A native of Wisconsin who grew up in Florida, he's glad to call this state his young family's home.  Anton has two daughters and enjoys hunting and fishing.

    Working everyday with cars is a lifelong dream-come-true for Anton. He feels fortunate to be doing what he loves...and it shows!

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  • Dan Deneen
    Parts Manager
    (262)542-5781


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  • Rob Jarecki
    Service Manager
    262-542-5781

    Rob knew he was destined for the car business when he found himself (at age 14) changing the neighbor's oil in his Dad's garage.  A native of Milwaukee, he hasn't strayed far, working at the dealership since 1985!  He loves the atmosphere at Griffin Ford--where he's encouraged to make the customer his top priority.


    "It's a feeling the trickles down from the top," says Rob.  Taking care of the customer is job 1 at Griffin Ford.  Rob has overseen upgrades in the Service Department to underscore that.  Now, a comfortable lounge (with refreshments, WiFi and more) make it a place customers like to visit.

    All these changes make it easier for Rob to do his job.  And, as Service Manager he notes, "everyone gets along."  No wonder he's become such a fixture at Griffin Ford!  It's a culture anyone could thrive in.

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  • Jeff Windpassenger
    Assistant Service Manager
    262-545781

    I am here to assist you with your needs. Feel free to call or email me at anytime.

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  • Andrea Luke
    New Car Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • John Lund
    New Cars Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • Buddy Graebert
    New Car Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • Nick Huston
    New Car Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • Frank Ballendux
    New Car Sales Consultant

    888-349-9693


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  • Kirby Lewis
    New Car Sales Consultant
    262-542-5781

    Kirby is our Renaissance Man.  With a background as a journeyman electrician, he now uses his knowledge of retail and customer service in selling Fords for Griffin.  Kirby is also involved in ministry as a elder of his church.  

    He's been with Griffin Ford 6 years, but his history in the car business goes back even further (always with the Ford brand).  Kirby feels he can easily talk to customers.  A native of Wisconsin, we'd say he speaks our language!  

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  • Pete Tagtow
    New Car Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • Wayne Pipke
    Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • Bill Jennaro
    Budget Car Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781

    Years ago, we put a tent up in our back lot and asked Bill to work a special used vehicle sale from it.  He was so successful, we expanded our Budget Center and even bought a neighbor's home for him to work from.  That area is thriving today, featuring low-priced, safe and reliable vehicles--"the best of the best"--that Griffin takes in on trade.  

    And, Bill is the master of running our Budget Center.  That's evident just by looking in any high school's parking lot---they're filled with vehicles from Griffin Ford!  Parents know where to visit when shopping for that just-right first car for their kids.  They find all the help they need in Griffin's back yard.

    Bill was raised nearby and attended some of those same local schools.  While he loves to spend his free time fishing, it appears he also has a bit of a green thumb:  Our Budget Center home is filled with hundreds of plants Bill has nurtured.  And, he presents them to each customer as a thank-you as he sends them on their way.

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  • Mark Linsmeier
    Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • Tony Miller
    Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
    262-542-5781

    We call Tony our resident fisherman.  He loves to catch fish...even in the wintertime.  And, he finds he can relate to Griffin Ford customers better because of it...they always appreciate a tall tale!


    A recent addition to the dealership, Tony LOVES his job.  He's interested in the great variety of people he encounters on the sales floor.  And, Tony enjoys listening to each one (to hear their specific needs). Working together with the team at the dealership, Tony can help you find 'the catch of the day' too.  Just ask for him!

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  • David Nutt
    Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
    262-542-5781

    David feels working in the car business is a great way to make a living.  The family-run Griffin Auto Group is right up his alley:  Besides being fun, it's a flexible job that allows him to enjoy time with his son and daughter.

    David loves all sports, but especially golf and fishing.  These days, he's really enjoying his kids involvement in high school athletics.  For him, there's nothing better than Friday night football.

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  • Steve Pipito
    Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
    262-542-5781

    Steve enjoys coming to work and helping his customers out.  He particularly loves the challenge of earning their trust (and their business).  His attitude is "buying a car should be fast and fun."  Who could argue with that?


    Happily married with a wonderful daughter, Steve is easy to relate to.  Stop in to see him on the lower level of our newly-remodeled dealership.  You won't regret it!

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  • Matt Ellingboe
    Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
    (262)542-5781


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  • Jorge Plasencia
    Budget Car Sales Consultant
    262-542-5781

    Jorge has been with Griffin Ford's Budget House since 2010.  He is our go-to Spanish speaking Salesperson and a great help to our customers. Jorge attributes his success to the fact he loves to work with people.  Such an important trait when you're in a retail business!

    In his free time, Jorge loves anything to do with sports...especially football!

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  • Roy Stuckemeyer
    Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
    262-542-5781


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  • Rina Roffers Service Advisor
    (262)542-5781


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  • Matt Mahlik
    Service Advisor
    262-542-5781

    Matt's a pretty straightforward guy.  A native of Wisconsin, he loves the Packers, Badgers and Brewers.  


    He can't believe he's been in the business since 1997.  But, Matt realizes its the variety of challenges at Griffin Ford that keeps him hooked.  Never a dull moment!  

    Matt most appreciates the people he meets.  It's customers that bring him something fresh, each and every day,  Thank you for that!

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  • Steve Ahrens
    Service Advisor
    262-542-5781

    Steve has been working as an Advisor in Service for 36 years!  Wow--quite an accomplishment.  He enjoys Griffin Ford as it is a family-run business.  And, he's happiest working with the Ford product line.  

    When he not thinking about F-150s, Fusions and C-Max models, Steve enjoys swimming, hiking and cars!  No surprise.

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  • Dustin Abplanalp Service Advisor
    (262)542-5781


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  • Anthony Ranz Service Advisor
    (262) 542-5781


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  • Gary Hanson
    Parts Specialist
    (262)542-5781


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  • Ron Nigbur Jr.
    Parts Specialist
    (262)542-5781


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  • Chad Williams
    Parts Specialist
    (262)542-5781


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