Staff

Operations

  • Jim Griffin

    Jim Griffin

    President

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    Jim Griffin

    Jim Griffin

    President

    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!

  • Loren Sweeney

    Loren Sweeney

    General Manager

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    Loren Sweeney

    Loren Sweeney

    General Manager

    Loren Sweeney is the General Manager here at Griffin Ford and is responsible for the day to
    day operations at the dealership. He began his career in the Automotive industry here at Griffin
    back in 1993 as a Pre-Owned Sales Professional. Since then he has held several positions in
    the industry such as New Vehicle Sales Manager and Pre-Owned Vehicle Manager. Over the
    years his strengths have contributed to building a successful team that has translated to
    thousands of happy customers! In his off time Loren enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time
    with his family.

  • Brandon Springer

    Brandon Springer

    New Vehicle Sales Manager

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    Brandon Springer

    Brandon Springer

    New Vehicle Sales Manager

    I began my journey in the automotive industry in 2014 as a sales associate. It was not long until
    the industry had me hooked and I began my journey into management. I still enjoy helping our
    customers find the perfect vehicle and going on the adventure with them to find their next set of
    wheels. Cars are a thing I have always been passionate about. I grew up around them and
    worked on them regularly. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a
    wife, a son, and 2 dogs. We enjoy working out, traveling, riding the Harley and mopeds, or doing
    anything outdoors. Also in my free time, I own and operate a fishing lure company, Monsters
    Are Reel. Stop in and say hello and we can get you into your next vehicle!

  • David  Nutt

    David Nutt

    New Vehicle Sales Manager

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    David  Nutt

    David Nutt

    New Vehicle Sales Manager

    I started in auto sales with Ford in 2010 and have been with Griffin Ford in Waukesha since 2013. I consider myself lucky to be working in an industry that I love with a great auto group that cares and can truly say I enjoy what we do here. When called on, I want to help and am eager  to listen. My goals are to strive to make the buying and service experience efficient and better than average for all.  When not at work  I golf, ride, go boating, play cards, fish, go on road trips/travel, and  enjoy time with family. Oh……. Also I have dogs. Love dogs!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick Griffin

    Nick Griffin

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager

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    Nick Griffin

    Nick Griffin

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager

  • Alex Griffin

    Alex Griffin

    Pre-Owned Vehicle Buyer

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    Alex Griffin

    Alex Griffin

    Pre-Owned Vehicle Buyer

    Born in Waukesha, Alex has worked many different sides of the business here at Griffin Ford.
    He started by cleaning cars as a teenager and assisting customers in the service department.
    Throughout college, he worked in new and used car sales. Not long after graduating from the
    University of Minnesota, he began buying cars to keep our pre-owned inventory stocked. If you
    have an extra car you don’t need anymore, come and see Alex today!

  • Nick Paladino

    Nick Paladino

    Finance Manager

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    Nick Paladino

    Nick Paladino

    Finance Manager

    I started with Griffin Ford in late 2020. Really enjoy working for the Griffin Automotive Group.
    I’ve been a Finance Manager for the better part of a decade. Been in the car industry for
    20+years. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife, three daughters and three
    dogs.

  • Mellisa  Johnson

    Mellisa Johnson

    Finance Manager

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    Mellisa  Johnson

    Mellisa Johnson

    Finance Manager

    Mellisa Johnson brings over 15 years of invaluable experience to her role as Finance Manager at Griffin Ford. With her extensive expertise in finance and a deep understanding of the automotive industry, Mellisa ensures that every customer receives personalized and comprehensive financial solutions tailored to their needs.

    Outside of her professional endeavors, Mellisa has a passion for dogs and enjoys spending time hanging out on the east side. Whether she’s exploring new places or simply enjoying the company of her furry friends, Mellisa brings her vibrant energy and enthusiasm to everything she does.

    With her dedication to excellence and her love for both her work and her community, Mellisa Johnson continues to make a positive impact both in and out of the dealership.

  • Paul Erickson

    Paul Erickson

    Finance Manager

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    Paul Erickson

    Paul Erickson

    Finance Manager

    I’ve been in the car business since 1983 and enjoy it every day. In my free time I like to play golf
    and tennis, and Packers, Bucks, and Brewer games.

  • Jason Behling

    Jason Behling

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager

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    Jason Behling

    Jason Behling

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager

    Jason joined Griffin Ford in August, 2022 first as a Pre-owned Consultant and is now the Pre-
    owned Manager. He’s been in the car industry since 2005. Jason’s always been a big car
    enthusiast. When he’s not at work, he enjoys playing poker and watching sports

  • Ben Stewart

    Ben Stewart

    Service Manager

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    Ben Stewart

    Ben Stewart

    Service Manager

    I began my career in the Automotive industry in 2011 as a quick lane advisor. Since then, I have worked my way up the ranks to reach the position of Assistant Service Manager here at Griffin Ford, a position I’ve held since 2021. My goal is to provide customers with a fast, easy and enjoyable service experience. I enjoy learning about new technology in vehicles and being able to pass that knowledge along to our customers. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, tinkering with cars and watching sports.

  • Tom Katz

    Tom Katz

    Body Shop Manager

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    Tom Katz

    Tom Katz

    Body Shop Manager

    I began in the car business in 2011 selling CDJR products in my hometown of Memphis, TN. Through my 11 years in the car business I have worked in sales, service, and for the last 8 years collision repair. We at Griffin Collision Repair Center strive to repair your vehicle to the highest standard and address negative situations with a positive solution. Our team has hundreds of years of combined experience and the certifications to boot. We take pride in what we do and fix vehicles we would be proud to put our family in!

  • Keith Skowron

    Keith Skowron

    Assitant Body Shop Manager

    262-542-5781 ext 3503
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    Keith Skowron

    Keith Skowron

    Assitant Body Shop Manager

  • Tim Childers

    Tim Childers

    Commercial Fleet Manager

    262-542-5781 Ext 2503
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    Tim Childers

    Tim Childers

    Commercial Fleet Manager

Sales

  • Jason Spilka

    Jason Spilka

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

    262-542-5781 Ext 2206
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    Jason Spilka

    Jason Spilka

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

  • John Urbanek

    John Urbanek

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

    262-542-5781 Ext 2208
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    John Urbanek

    John Urbanek

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

  • Frank Ballendux

    Frank Ballendux

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

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    Frank Ballendux

    Frank Ballendux

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

    Frank may be modest, but he really is the “go-to” guy in the Sales Department. He has a great rapport with people and is a wealth of knowledge. Since joining the dealership in 1996, he has built a growing list of satisfied customers. Frank credits the store’s management for his longevity: “The Griffin family has always been very warm and accessible to their staff.”; The other thing that keeps Frank smiling is the cars, trucks and SUVs he sells. It is easy to see why Ford is so successful. When looking for a new vehicle, most people want the latest and greatest. Everything the brand does is cutting edge.” Frank enjoys taking time off for travel to warmer climates (like Florida and Louisiana). But, he always finds his way home to Waukesha. So, when you are in the market for a vehicle from an iconic auto brand, in an iconic Midwestern town–look up our iconic Frank! He would love to help you out.

  • Pete Tagtow

    Pete Tagtow

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

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    Pete Tagtow

    Pete Tagtow

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

    I am Peter Tagtow, a seasoned professional with an extensive 23-year career in automotive
    sales, proudly associated with Griffin Ford. My commitment to excellence has been a driving
    force throughout my journey in the automotive industry. Outside the showroom, my interests
    include golf, reading, and indulging in the strategic world of fantasy football. These activities
    serve as a balance, enhancing both my personal and professional life. With a track record
    spanning over two decades at Griffin Ford, I have become recognized as a proven problem
    solver, and understand the unique needs of each customer and provide tailored solutions.

  • Matthew Strosin

    Matthew Strosin

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

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    Matthew Strosin

    Matthew Strosin

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

    Hello! I am Matthew Strosin, your friendly New Vehicle Sales Consultant at Griffin Ford. Originally from Chicago, I found my roots in Madison and later made Pewaukee my home in 1998. In the world of sales, I have donned many hats, primarily in the technology sector. While I am relatively new to vehicle sales, my extensive experience in professional sales has equipped me with valuable skills and insights. Beyond the hustle of sales, I find joy in the rhythm of music. Playing musical instruments are a passion I hold dear. When not at the dealership, you might catch me diving into game shows and trivia challenges – a testament to my love for a good mental workout.

    My world revolves around the cherished moments spent with my 17-year-old son. Parenthood is an adventure I embrace with open arms. Empathy and patience are the cornerstones of my personality. These traits not only define my approach to sales but also shape the way I navigate life’s diverse experiences. Excited to be part of the Griffin Ford family, I look forward to helping you find the perfect vehicle to drive into your next adventure. Let us make your automotive dreams a reality!

    Based in Pewaukee, W

  • Tim Goggins

    Tim Goggins

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

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    Tim Goggins

    Tim Goggins

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

    Over the span of a decade I have sales experience across 11 different industries.  Regarding
    the automotive industry, I started and stayed with Griffin Ford because we’re the best.  I lead by
    example and stand by my Ford’s; I’m a manual enthusiast and love to wheel my Bronco.

  • Anthony Johnson

    Anthony Johnson

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

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    Anthony Johnson

    Anthony Johnson

    New Vehicle Sales & Leasing Professional

    Anthony Joined Griffin Ford as a new car sales representative in 2023. Before his time with Griffin he worked for Firestone as a store manager. In his free time he enjoys the company of his family and friends.

  • Jorge Plasencia

    Jorge Plasencia

    Bilingual Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales Professional

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    Jorge Plasencia

    Jorge Plasencia

    Bilingual Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales Professional

    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 are in a retail business! In his free time, Jorge loves anything to do with sports…especially football.

  • Matthew Fahey

    Matthew Fahey

    Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales Professional

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    Matthew Fahey

    Matthew Fahey

    Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales Professional

    Matthew joined Griffin Ford as a Pre-owned Salesman in the beginning of 2023. He has been
    buying and selling cars since he was 16 years old. He is very passionate about cars and has a
    few of his own. In his free time Matt likes to drive his cars, spend time with friends, and hangout
    in downtown Milwaukee.

  • Marty Martinez

    Marty Martinez

    Bilingual Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales Professional

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    Marty Martinez

    Marty Martinez

    Bilingual Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales Professional

    Marty has been in the automotive industry since 2016, all that time with Ford. A U.S. Army
    veteran, Marty likes to spend his free time on firearms, watching football, and enjoying bourbon
    old fashions.

  • Chad Braeger

    Chad Braeger

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

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    Chad Braeger

    Chad Braeger

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

    My name is Chad and I am a retired police officer who has been selling vehicles for over 10
    years now. I love my job and work very hard at giving my customers a great and often fun
    experience. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my two boys along with hiking,
    camping, and spending time Up North.

  • Anthony Faraos

    Anthony Faraos

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

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    Anthony Faraos

    Anthony Faraos

    Pre-Owned Sales Professional

    Tony has been in the car business since 2007. He enjoys helping his customers find the perfect car for their needs. In his free time, he enjoys camping, trying different restaurants and spending time with his cats, Rico and Lucy.

Service

  • Robert Collins

    Robert Collins

    Assistant Service Manager

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    Robert Collins

    Robert Collins

    Assistant Service Manager

  • Paul Sadowski

    Paul Sadowski

    Service Dispatcher

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    Paul Sadowski

    Paul Sadowski

    Service Dispatcher

  • Alexander Anzaldua

    Alexander Anzaldua

    Express Lube Advisor

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    Alexander Anzaldua

    Alexander Anzaldua

    Express Lube Advisor

  • Kelly Nachreiner

    Kelly Nachreiner

    Internal Service Advisor

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    Kelly Nachreiner

    Kelly Nachreiner

    Internal Service Advisor

  • Jason Kearney

    Jason Kearney

    Service Advisor

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    Jason Kearney

    Jason Kearney

    Service Advisor

  • Ryan Bernstein

    Ryan Bernstein

    Service Advisor

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    Ryan Bernstein

    Ryan Bernstein

    Service Advisor

  • Brett Woeckener

    Brett Woeckener

    Service Advisor

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    Brett Woeckener

    Brett Woeckener

    Service Advisor

    I have been in the automotive industry for the past 10 years as a mechanic and salesperson. I have taken what I have learned and applied those skills to better assist my customers as a service writer. Outside of the automotive industry I enjoy the outdoors , live music, and disc golfing.

  • Gene Betances

    Gene Betances

    Service Advisor

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    Gene Betances

    Gene Betances

    Service Advisor

  • Amanda Schmitz

    Amanda Schmitz

    Pick-up and Delivery Specialist

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    Amanda Schmitz

    Amanda Schmitz

    Pick-up and Delivery Specialist

  • Chris Scordato

    Chris Scordato

    Pick-up and Delivery Specialist

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    Chris Scordato

    Chris Scordato

    Pick-up and Delivery Specialist

  • Olivia  Butterfield

    Olivia Butterfield

    Pick-up and Delivery Specialist

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    Olivia  Butterfield

    Olivia Butterfield

    Pick-up and Delivery Specialist

    As a proud member of the Griffin Ford team for approximately six months now, I’ve found immense joy in my work. My fascination with cars traces back to my school days, where learning about automotive pioneers like Henry Ford ignited my passion. The moment I laid eyes on the Quadricycle, I fell in love with classic cars, a passion that still burns brightly within me today.

    Outside of work, I indulge in my love for classic vehicles by collecting hot wheels, particularly focusing on classic models. I’ve passed down this passion to my son, who shares my enthusiasm for vintage automobiles. Together, we frequent car shows during the summer months, eagerly pointing out classic gems on the road.

    My family is the center of my universe, consisting of my eleven-year-old son and my fourteen-year-old daughter, each with their unique interests and talents. My daughter’s intellect shines through her love for building with Legos and expressing herself through art, while my son’s athleticism is evident as he prepares to join a soccer club in the fall.

    During our free time, we relish the great outdoors by camping, visiting the beach, and taking leisurely walks. Staying active as a family is important to us, fostering bonds and creating cherished memories that we’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Parts

  • Dean Renteria

    Dean Renteria

    Wholesale Parts Manager

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    Dean Renteria

    Dean Renteria

    Wholesale Parts Manager

  • Dave Russell

    Dave Russell

    Parts Manager

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    Dave Russell

    Dave Russell

    Parts Manager

    I moved to Wisconsin in April of 2020 and joined Griffin Ford as the Parts Department Manager. I have been win the automotive industry for over 30 years. I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. When I’m not working, you can usually find my girlfriend and I fishing, traveling, cheering on the Las Vegas Raiders, or working around our house. I love calling Wisconsin my home now and look forward to exploring more of this state and all the adventures it has to offer!

  • Ronald Downey

    Ronald Downey

    Assistant Parts Manager

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    Ronald Downey

    Ronald Downey

    Assistant Parts Manager

  • Ron Nigbur Jr.

    Ron Nigbur Jr.

    Parts Specialist

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    Ron Nigbur Jr.

    Ron Nigbur Jr.

    Parts Specialist

    I was born and raised in the city of Milwaukee…I am a huge sports fan following the Bucks..Brewers…Marquette…Wisconsin and San Francisco 49ers. I am an avid golfer, freelance photographer and enjoy going to concerts, movies, the zoo and local festivals. I have 2 brothers. They are both married with 1 daughter each. One lives in Richfield and one in Las Vegas and a mother who also lives in Milwaukee and a dog named Angel.

  • Chad Williams

    Chad Williams

    Parts Specialist

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    Chad Williams

    Chad Williams

    Parts Specialist

    I feel like in any company or profession the goal should be TEAMWORK. Teamwork makes the dream work. That has always been my mindset here at Griffin Ford. I’ve been here for the past 14 years and I love it here. In my spare time I love to play fantasy sports, cards, and spend time with my wife and children.

  • Crystal Clark

    Crystal Clark

    Parts Specialist

    (262)542-5781 ext 2304
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    Crystal Clark

    Crystal Clark

    Parts Specialist

  • Dean Vandenburg

    Dean Vandenburg

    Parts Specialist

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    Dean Vandenburg

    Dean Vandenburg

    Parts Specialist

    Dean is a Parts Professional with many years of automotive experience and a love for Fords. He enjoys the challenge of making sure the customer gets evert part they need no matter what, and loves browsing the parts catalog to find whatever possible solution might exist. He lives his job and tries to make sure everyone leaves in a good mood and happy with their transaction. When not at work he builds motorcycles and enjoys the open road!

  • Steven Schultz

    Steven Schultz

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

    Steven Schultz

    Steven Schultz

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

  • Tony Poweleit

    Tony Poweleit

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

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    Tony Poweleit

    Tony Poweleit

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

  • DJ Ehlers

    DJ Ehlers

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

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    DJ Ehlers

    DJ Ehlers

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

  • Angie Andersen

    Angie Andersen

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

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    Angie Andersen

    Angie Andersen

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

  • Grace Chapman

    Grace Chapman

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

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    Grace Chapman

    Grace Chapman

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

  • Joe Sambolin

    Joe Sambolin

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

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    Joe Sambolin

    Joe Sambolin

    Wholesale Parts Specialist

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