Public Articles

  • Cathy Gish: Human Resource Director, Brittex Financial, Inc.

    Posted On : April 21, 2017

    Years in the Pawn Industry 16 My Greatest Career Accomplishment I started in the business as a pawnbroker and have grown from there. I believe it gives me perspective and respect for the day-to-day operations of the business. The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received “Don’t wait for your embossed invitation; just go for it.” “Don’t […]


  • Make Your Impact: Help Build the Next Generation of Workers

    Posted On : April 14, 2017

    “The NPA scholarship has helped me immensely because I am able to keep furthering my education and to get one step closer to graduating without any outstanding debt. Rich Clousing and Highland Jewelry and Loan really took the initiative to put me under their wing and encourage me to apply for the scholarship. After receiving the scholarship, […]


  • Worldwide Jewelry and Pawn; Face Music, Jewelry and Pawn: The Accidental Pawnbroker

    Posted On : April 7, 2017

    FRANK MASSA is the president of Worldwide Jewelry and Pawn and Facet Music, Jewelry and Pawn. In business since 2002, his company has 10 stores located in Indiana, Ohio, and Florida. National Pawnbroker (NP): How did you get started in the pawn industry? Frank Massa (FM): My entry into the pawn business was quite accidental. While […]


  • National Pawnbrokers Association Celebrates 30 Years of Support and Representation for Independent Pawnbrokers

    Posted On : February 10, 2017

    Independent Pawnbrokers Celebrate 30 Year Anniversary of Industry’s Only US Trade Association Keller, TX – The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the only national trade organization representing independent pawnbrokers. The current president, Larry Nuckols, announced, “We are proud to continue to further the core goals of the founders of the […]


  • Triple Treat: One Pawn Store, Three Generations, All Women

    Posted On : January 16, 2017

    The Bank Gun & Pawn opened in downtown Havre de Grace, MD, in September 2006 under the partnership of Diane Barrow and her mother, Bobbi Barrow. When Diane’s daughter, Kati Wilson, turned 16 and needed a job, she joined the team. Eight years later, the family-run store operates seamlessly by these three women alone. They […]


  • Knowledge is Power: What You Need To Know To Be In Compliance

    Posted On : January 9, 2017

    They say knowledge is power. As a business owner, what could be more important than empowering your staff and enriching yourself with the knowledge to get business done right on all levels? As business owners and management, we also take on the roles of teacher, mentor, and, sometimes, rule enforcer. Our livelihood depends on how […]


  • The Castle Jewelry and Pawn; No Hassle at The Castle

    Posted On : January 2, 2017

    Phil Block is president of The Castle Jewelry and Pawn, and has been a member of NPA since 1995. Headquartered in Lexington, KY, the company has nine stores around the state, plus one in Ohio, and employs 120 people. Phil runs the company with his son, Barrett, a recent Wharton School of Business graduate. National […]


  • Pawnbrokers Give Back Nationwide

    Posted On : December 7, 2016

    National Pawnbrokers Association Gift Day 2016 Brings Music to Students Through Generous Donations from Pawnbrokers Keller, TX — On December 6, 2016, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) celebrated its eighth annual Musical Instrument Gift Day, where pawnbrokers from around the country made donations of musical instruments to organizations in need. This year, the NPA has […]


  • Kara Blakeman: Making a Difference, One Pawn Transaction at a Time

    Posted On : November 3, 2016

    BEING ABLE TO HELP THOSE IN NEED and knowing that she can make a difference are the two things that Kara Blakeman, manager and bench jeweler at Classic Jewelry and Loan in Barboursville, WV, loves best about the pawn industry. She started her pawn journey twelve years ago when her father, Richard, who had opened […]


  • American Jewelry and Loan: Working with Diversity

    Posted On : October 27, 2016

    AMERICAN JEWELRY AND LOAN is one of the most highly recognized pawn stores in the country thanks to being the subject of a reality television series seen in 52 countries. An engaging website where fans can connect with owners Les and Seth Gold from anywhere is, therefore, a critical part of their business model. Seth, […]


  • Georgia on My Mind: American Pawn Shop Inc

    Posted On : October 20, 2016

    AMERICAN PAWN SHOP INC JOINED NPA IN 1992 WITH ONE STORE. In 2003, they added two more stores, and in 2004, added another two. We caught up with Jonathon Gandy, one of the managers, to find out a little more about the pawn business in southern Georgia. NATIONAL PAWNBROKER (NP): Tell us about your company. […]


  • NPA Announces New Online Compliance Program

    Posted On : October 13, 2016

    The NPA, in conjunction with Robert Frimet, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, has developed an online compliance program specifically for the pawn and dealers in precious metals industries. The program, AML for Pawnbrokers and Dealers in Precious Metals, will: • Identify all triggers of the 8300 trade/business rule for pawnbrokers • Teach the legal requirements for […]


  • National Pawnbrokers Association Announces 2016 Board of Directors and Executive Officers

    Posted On : July 26, 2016

    National Pawnbrokers Association announces leadership election results at NPA’s annual convention and trade show, Pawn Expo


  • Diamond and Jewelry Specialist The Trendz Receives National Pawnbrokers Association Industry Partner of the Year Award

    Posted On : July 12, 2016

    Los Angeles based The Trendz was honored at the NPA Annual Awards Ceremony at Pawn Expo in Las Vegas.


  • National Pawnbrokers Association Names Greg Engstrom Pawnbroker of the Year

    Posted On : July 12, 2016

    National Pawnbrokers Association recognizes excellence in the pawn industry at annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas.