Powered Up! Pawn Expo 2017

July 11-13, 2017

What is Pawn Expo?

Pawn Expo is the only national convention and trade show for the pawn industry. Attendees learn new ways to strengthen their company, connect with fellow pawnbrokers, and do business at the trade show featuring over 120 different companies. Leave energized and equipped with the latest industry knowledge.

Save $170 by May 26 with early bird rates.


Why Should I Attend?

  • 500+ pawnbrokers to connect with and learn from
  • 120 exhibitors with products and services to improve your business
  • 170 dollars in savings when you register by May 26
  • 25 education sessions
  • 16 expert speakers
  • 1 can’t-miss convention for the pawn industry

NPA’s 30th Anniversary

Take a trip down memory lane as NPA celebrates thirty years of service to the pawn industry!


What’s New in 2017?

  • Keynote Speaker Colonel Eileen Collins, NASA Astronaut
  • Two sessions by Corporate Strategies
  • New Product Knowledge Topics


Pawn Expo Highlights

  • Networking Reception
  • Opening Session Keynote
  • Welcome Reception
  • Annual Membership Meeting
  • Trade Show
  • Closing Reception
  • Awards Luncheon


Monday, July 10


8:30 am – 4:30 pm             CPP Courses – Additional Registration Required

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm           Convention Registration

Pick up your registration packet on Monday and avoid the rush

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm           Networking Reception


The Certified Pawn Professional (CPP) designation program was launched in 2015 and now has over 100 candidates pursing their CPP certification. The designation will elevate professional standards and be the recognized mark of distinction among those in the pawn business. All courses will be offered at Pawn Expo 2017. Additional registration required.

  • Federal Regulations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  • Product Knowledge
  • Security, Risk, and Crisis Management
  • Store Operations


Tuesday, July 11


7:30 am – 5:00 pm            Convention Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am            Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast (Members only)

9:15 am – 10:30 am          Opening Session Keynote

9:30 am – 5:30 pm            The Marketplace (formerly Diamond District)

10:45 am – 11:45 pm       Education Sessions

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm         Annual Awards Luncheon

1:45 pm – 4:15 pm           Education Sessions

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm           Welcome Reception



Keynote Speaker Col. Eileen Collins

Breaking Barriers to Become a Successful Pioneer in Your Field

Tuesday, July 11
9:15 am – 10:30 am

Drawing from her career experiences, Col. Collins reveals valuable insights learned from both her successes and her failures. From the importance of working with others to achieve lofty goals, to successful leadership in dynamic environments, her perspective inspires you to embark on your own original journey.


How to Persuade, Motivate, and Influence Your Peers

David Lyons, Corporate Strategies

Tuesday, July 11
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

The ability to persuade, motivate and influence is critical when you are working with the public and community. You must communicate in a way that garners respect and motivates others to take action. This one-hour session will equip you with the essential tools to gain and maintain credibility.


Training and Development 101: Educational techniques to improve your human capital

Justin Barbee, Insta-Cash Assets Management L.P.

Tuesday, July 11
10:45 am – 11:45 am

One of the most difficult challenges facing any growing business is onboarding and training future leaders. Utilizing educational techniques, clearly aligned objectives, and consistent accountability, this seminar will show you how to plan your training with purpose.


Your Way Or the Right Way – The importance of being in compliance!

Robert Frimet, CAMS, President, RMF Consulting Group Inc; Cory Brown, owner of Pawn USA, Woodbridge, VA; and Larry Dunn, IRS Revenue Agent (Ret.)

Tuesday, July 11
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn the reality of non-compliance, including what happens when you don’t comply and how that action can lead to potential devastation.


Pawnbroker Succession Planning

Geralyn M. Miller, Ph.D., Purdue University

Tuesday, July 11
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Participate in an open discussion geared toward better preparing for the succession of their own pawnbroking business.


Secrets of Successful Critical Thinking & Creative Problem Solving

David Lyons, Corporate Strategies

Tuesday, July 11
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Think of this training like looking at your world in high definition. This one-hour session is going to help you see things more clearly and from a very different perspective that will lead to new ideas and new solutions.


Wednesday, July 12


7:30 am – 5:00 pm            Convention Registration

8:00 am – 9:30 am            Education Sessions

9:45 am – 11:00 am          General Session

11:15 am – 12:15 pm       Pawnbroker Networking Luncheon (Pawnbrokers only)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm       Young Professionals Luncheon

12:30 pm – 5:30 pm         Trade Show

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm           Trade Show Reception


Smartphone Social Media 101 Lab

Emmett Murphy, 3 Click Media

Wednesday, July 12
8:30 am – 9:30 am

Grab your smartphones and join this hands-on session to learn how to get started on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This beginner level seminar is presented in an informal lab format intended to allow each participant to actively post, tweet, upload and receive one-on-one guidance


Leadership: A Balance Between Business and Life

Ygal Adato, Leaderato

Wednesday, July 12
9:45 am – 11:00 am

After working 15 years in the pawnshop, Yigal, a third generation pawnbroker, learned about leadership in the trenches managing employees and his business.  He will take you through the impact that your leadership skills have on your business, your team, and your life.  ____________________________________________________________________________________


All sessions will be held once on Wednesday and once on Thursday

Wednesday, July 12        8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, July 13           2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Colored Gemstones: the 4 C’s
Gemstones 101

Hallmark Research Institute’s Marks or Melt

Sports Memorabilia


Thursday, July 13


8:00 am – 12:00 pm         Convention Registration

9:00 am – 10:00 am         Trade Show Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 1:00 pm           Trade Show

1:15 pm – 4:00 pm            Pawnbroker Peer Roundtables

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm            Education Sessions

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm           Closing Reception



The pawnbroker sitting next to you may be one of your greatest resources. At the roundtables, attendees have the opportunity to discuss current pawn topics with their peers and learn best practices from one another. Pawnbrokers only.

Thursday, July 13

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm


Gift Cards

Police confiscations


2:15 pm – 3:00pm

Starting a Grassroots Campaign in Your Community       

Making Money with Jewelry Repairs


3:15 pm – 4:00pm


How to Survive When Values Decline




Pawn Expo 2017 Room Rate

$123 per night, plus applicable taxes and resort fee of $22 per night

Visit PawnExpo.com to make online reservations, or reserve via phone by contacting Group Reservations at (800) 627-6667. Give the code NPA16A to receive the group rate.

The group rate is available through June 16, 2017, based on availability.