Description and Qualifications
The Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who, through his/her outstanding leadership and efforts has gone above and beyond and made a significant and lasting impact on the pawn industry over the course of their pawnbroking career. They are regarded by their peers as leaders in the industry and recognized as such nationally. This is this highest honor awarded by NPA and should be awarded only to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the Association and to the success of the pawn industry.
Nominees must be an employee, partner, or owner of a current NPA Pawnbroker or Affiliate Member in good standing. Individuals may be self-nominated, nominated by an NPA member, or nominated by a state pawnbroker association. This award may be presented to more than one individual per year and does not have to be presented every year. This award may be given posthumously.
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.