National Pawnbrokers Association presents Gerald Modell with Its highest honor at NPA’s annual convention and trade show, Pawn Expo.
he National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is proud to award Gerald Modell of Modell Collateral Loan, Inc. in New York, NY with its highest honor, the Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Modell has been a leader in the pawn industry for over 30 years.
The Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who, through their outstanding leadership and efforts, have gone above and beyond to make a significant and lasting impact on the pawn industry over the course of their pawnbroking career. Honorees are regarded by their peers as leaders in the industry and recognized as such, nationally.
With nine stores in the New York City metropolitan area, the Modell Collateral Loan, Inc. has been in operation since 1893 and has been a member of the NPA since 1989. Mr. Modell served as the President of the Collateral Loanbrokers Association of New York for 25 years and on the NPA Board of Directors for six years. He led the campaign to organize the NPA federal lobbying effort and helped lay the foundation for the NPA Government Relations program.
History of the Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award:
Charles R. Jones served two terms as NPA President and considered the members of the Association his extended family. He traveled around the country to get to know pawnbrokers on a more personal level, learning as much as he could about their needs and concerns.
In recognition of his efforts on behalf of the pawn industry, Charles received the NPA Lifetime Achievement Award in June of 1997. Sadly, Charles passed away in October of that same year. His history of service and devotion to the industry was further honored by changing the name of this award to the Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been awarded over the years to pawnbrokers who have exemplified a similar devotion to the NPA and the needs of its membership.