National Pawnbrokers Association presents Earl Oller
with its highest honor at NPA’s annual convention and trade show, Pawn Expo.
The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is proud to award Earl Oller with its highest honor, the Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Oller was one of the key contributors to the growth of Oregon’s pawn industry and remained a strong advocate for pawnbrokers in his state and the nation for over 40 years. Mr. Oller’s son, Josh Oller of Silver Lining Jewelry & Loan, accepted the award on his father’s behalf at the NPA Annual Awards Luncheon at The Mirage Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.
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.
Mr. Oller founded the Oregon Pawnbrokers Association in 1986 and served a near continuous term as president until 2014. He was a fierce advocate for pawnbrokers in Oregon, where he was a member of multiple task forces, partnering with the Oregon Department of Public Safety and the Portland Police Bureau.
He served the National Pawnbrokers Association for nearly a decade, including the NPA Advisory Board (1994), NPA Board of Directors (1996-1997, 2000-2001), and the NPA Board of Trustees (2002-2006), and helped mentor the next generation of leaders in the industry.
In the 1980’s, Earl Oller spearheaded a 15-year, statewide effort to eliminate unlicensed pawn stores in Oregon, helping to convert them to licensed and regulated businesses. He was a regular attendee of legislative sessions in Washington, DC, and helped educate state legislators, law enforcement, and local officials with the information he gathered.
Earl Oller passed away on March 9, 2016. His legacy will continue to provide guidance for pawnbrokers in Oregon and across the nation to navigate the ever-changing environment they face.
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.