Kristie Griffin, owner of the Greater Milwaukee Auto Auction, takes bids during a recent auction.
"It is a rush," explains Griffin
, who runs the dealer-only auction each Thursday and sells nearly 1,000 cars at each auction, generally at a rate of one every 45 seconds.
From family of car sales people, she
races and sells -fast
a good person to work for," said Josh Hickey, an Illinois auctioneer whose regular circuit includes Griffin's operation.
, 38, bounces around her
120-employee business like a pinball, calls men "sweetie" and talks almost as fast as her
"I think fast, is the problem," she
"I don't talk as fast as I think."
If there's a gene for selling cars, Griffin
has it on all 46 chromosomes.
father sells them, her
brothers sell them and she's
been hanging around dealerships since she
was a kid.
has to be among a minuscule number of daughters whose fathers got angry because they enrolled in college.
took a look at it," Griffin
recalled, "and said, 'This is stupid.
You should be selling cars.' "
Before long, she
lasted three semesters at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
It was boring.
returned to the family business, lured in part by her
dad's promise to buy her
a short-track race car.
By age 20, she
was a dealer herself with her
"It's who we are," she