David grew up in Orlando, Florida in the Conway area. Growing up he always wanted to take anything mechanical apart to see how it worked. In middle school, David took a small engine class and began repairing all of the neighbors’ lawnmowers in a small shed in his parent’s backyard. When he was older he worked for a wrecker service and the neighborhood Mobil station, where both owners were very customer-driven. When David was out of school, he started to work at a dealership and continued to work for Central Florida Dealerships for over 20 years. David always wanted to open his own shop because he felt that customers at the dealership did not get the customer service that they paid for. In July 2010 he opened a shop and accomplished a childhood dream of owning his own business. David has achieved the highest Ford and ASE certifications in the automotive business. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two boys.
Melanie retired from her career as a professional housewife to work for the family business. She has also worked in banking and managed several grocery stores.
Denver competes in tournaments around Florida in Martial Arts. He is currently pum belt and is in the Black Belt Club at Clermont Family Martial Arts. In his spare time, Denver loves fishing and playing football.
Brian is David and Melanie’s eldest son. He has grown up around the automotive business. When he was younger he would often help his father with late-night projects. When his parents first opened the business he worked down in shop doing scheduled maintenance and diesel repairs. During this time Brian also attended night classes at Lake Sumter State College working towards a degree in business. Brian now works full time for them and is a service writer in the office. He is married to his High School sweetheart Jordan. He enjoys spending time with his wife and friends. He also enjoys going hunting and fishing.
Jake started in the automotive business in 1999 while still attending high school. He worked at a friend's shop until 2000 and then went to work at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, Florida. In 2002 Jake left Nick Nicholas and began working at Rolling Hills Ford, presently Ford of Clermont. Jake met David when he worked at Rolling Hills Ford. He returned to Nick Nicholas Ford in 2010. Jake stayed in touch with David and began working at Griffis Automotive Clinic in 2012. He is a Chassis Master Technician and gas and diesel engine master technician. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children Nolin, Khale, and Lauryn. Ashley is an X-ray technician in Leesburg. We enjoy spending time together playing games and watching movies. In his spare time, he plays golf, works on cars, trucks, and motorcycles. He also enjoys woodworking.
Alex Staszel (Turbo)
Alex has been a part of the Griffis Automotive team since 2013. At 10 years old. he began tinkering on vehicles and decided to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Alex graduated with top honors from Seminole State College in the automotive program. Currently, Alex is enrolled in college for a degree in robotics and mechatronics. In his spare time, Alex enjoys rebuilding vehicles to increase their performance.
Andrew became a part of the Griffis Automotive Clinic team in 2015. He was born and raised in New York. Andrew’s passion for helping people with their vehicles began at a young age while working alongside his father with repairs. Since moving to Florida, Andrew enjoys being able to ride his motorcycle year-round.
Stephanie became part of the Griffis Team in February 2017! She moved to Florida in 2011 from Pennsylvania. Stephanie has three kids, one girl and two boys she loves spending with. She also enjoys spending her free time on the beach.
Luke became part of the Griffis Team in February 2018! He is 21 years old. Luke got his degree in automotive technology from Seminole State College. In his free time, he likes to go to concerts and go camping.
Sophia is our youngest superstar employee! She is currently a Senior in High School & dual-enrolled at the local Community College. She works with us part-time while still balancing her demanding school schedule, High School Soccer Team Schedule & raises pigs for FFA. Her work ethic is unparalleled to most & that's one of the things that makes her such a great addition to our work family. Sophia hasn't decided which University will be lucky enough to have her yet but is looking forward to earning an Agricultural Business Degree. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for our young superstar but we love having her as part of the family.
Julia started with Griffis in March of 2021 and has quickly become an indisposable asset to the team. Julia has two daughters, Cheyene & Peyton. She enjoys spending her time outside of work with her family & is adjusting well to a full-time work schedule as she has spent the last 9 years as a stay-at-home mom raising her children & being a caretaker for her grandmother-in-law. Julia was born & raised here in Florida but enjoys traveling & exploring our beautiful country whenever possible. Julia has embraced the family-owned business work environment & feels like she spends her days at "her home away from home".
Luis has been repairing vehicles professionally for over 15 years & is one of our Master Certified Technicians. He is an avid fisherman & outdoorsman. Luis has traveled the globe in search of the perfect fish. He truly enjoys experiencing other cultures & trying to explore as much of the planet as he can. Luis attributes his success in the automotive repair industry to his "never stop learning" approach & tries to learn something from every person he encounters. If he is not out on the water, you can find him hiking or camping & trying to soak up all mother nature has to offer. Even in today's busy world, he will always find time to help someone in need. Luis' attitude & experience make him a wonderful addition to our team.
Kurt was born on the south side of Chicago. ASE Certified Technician for the past 39 years! He moved to Florida 1984. His favorite activities are camping, bicycle riding, and swimming in the Florida Springs!
Billy became a part of the Griffis Team in June of 2021. He grew up helping his father work on friends' and family's vehicles. He graduated from Lake Technical College for Automotive and Diesel. Billy likes to take his wife and two kids to theme parks on the weekends.
Born and raised in Florida, Danny grew up tinkering on learning how to work on cars with his Dad. He graduated from UTI in 2013. He worked at a GM dealership 8 years and decided to try a local shop that was closer to home. When he's not working, he stays busy paddle boarding, biking and riding his motorcycles or playing with his dog.
Owen joined the team in the summer of 2021. Born and raised in Central Florida. Currently a junior at South Lake High School. When He's not at work or school, you can find him riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers, fishing, or watching movies.
Areas we service include Groveland, Clermont, Minneola, Mascotte, Webster, Montverde, Ferndale, and the Bushnell Area. Call Griffis Automotive Clinic, Inc at (352) 243-2277 to set up your appointment today!