National Pawnbrokers Association Announces
2023 Pawn Industry Awards Winners


Media Contact: 

Laura Wasileski 

Marketing and Media Director 

August 2, 2023 – The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) today announced the winners of its annual Pawn Industry Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements on the part of NPA members and are presented to individuals and businesses that have significantly contributed to the industry. 


The winners of the 2023 Pawn Industry Awards are: 

  • Charles R. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award: Tim Collier, Pacer, LTD 
  • Pawnbroker of the Year: Nick Fulton, USA Pawn and Jewelry 
  • Young Professional of the Year: Angel Ingram, D. Angelo’s Pawners & Jewelers 
  • Industry Partner of the Year: Nickolas Christakis, Nikos Jewelry Inc. 
  • State Association of the Year: Illinois Pawnbrokers Association 
  • Outstanding Pawn Image Award: Dave Griffiths, AML Gurus 


The awards were presented during the annual Pawn Industry Awards Luncheon on July 18 at Pawn Expo, the national convention and trade show for the pawn industry, hosted at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. The convention was attended by hundreds of pawnbrokers from across the country and as far as New Zealand.  


“We are proud to recognize these exceptional individuals and support service businesses for their contributions to the pawn community,” said Johnny Whiteside, President of the NPA. “They are a testament to the dedication and commitment of pawnbrokers nationwide in serving their customers and communities.” 


Additionally, Executive Director Kristen Williams shared, “It is a privilege to represent such a passionate group of business owners working hard to support their communities nationwide. Our award winners this year are an amazing group of incredibly talented professionals whom I am proud to work alongside.”  


The NPA is comprised of the largest and most qualified network of pawn professionals in the world. The association has a dedicated Government Relations team that works to serve and support the industry year-round. 


“I encourage all pawnbrokers to explore the many benefits NPA has to offer,” said Williams. 


Learn more about the NPA Pawn Industry Awards at 

Pawn Expo is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, NV July 22-25, 2024. Booth sales have begun and registration will begin in January 2024.  


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About The National Pawnbrokers Association 

The NPA works to provide pawnbrokers nationwide with resources and tools to strengthen the pawn industry. NPA members are committed to operating their businesses in such a manner as to enhance and promote the positive and professional image of all pawnbrokers. The NPA represents over 10,000 pawn stores in the United States and Canada. 


For more information about the NPA, visit