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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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  • American Jewelry and Loan: Working with Diversity

    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, […]

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  • Georgia on My Mind: American Pawn Shop Inc

    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. […]

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  • NPA Announces New Online Compliance Program

    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 […]

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  • Client Profile: Gems N’ Loans

    Gems N’ Loans is a classic case study for why one can’t always judge a book (or, in this case, a business) by its cover. In 1993, Mack Hembree, a successful real estate businessman, was invited to invest in opening a business that he had some commonly held reservations about. The business was a pawn […]

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  • National Pawnbrokers Association Awards Scholarships to Future Business Leaders

    National Pawnbrokers Association announces the recipients of the 2016 Future Business Leaders Scholarships The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Future Business Leaders (FBL) Scholarships. The following six students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship, made possible through generous donations by local pawnbrokers: Austin Dale Hipps Sponsor – Larry’s […]

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  • Colin Crume: Heartland Pawnbrokers, Where Every Day is Different

    Colin Crume, Operations Manager at Heartland Pawnbrokers in Overland Park, KS, has been working in the pawn industry since he was a mere 13 years old. At the time, his father, Dave Crume, was the COO of Capitol City Pawn, based out of his hometown of Topeka, KS. Like any other kid, Colin was excited […]

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  • Young Professionals: Gearing Up for Pawn Expo

    by Kathleen Barbee, Young Professionals Committee Chair I want to extend a big thank you to all of the Young Professionals who joined us at the 2016 NPA Legislative Conference on April 27 in Washington, DC. The conference is such a great opportunity for Young Professionals to network with their peers and to make the […]

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  • Help With FCRA Compliance

    New FTC Business Guidance for Employment Background Screening Companies Helps with FCRA Compliance The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued new guidance to help background screening companies comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks on current or prospective employees. Issued on May 10, 2016, the new guidance is aimed at […]

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  • Randi Nell: Setting High Goals for Big Dog Pawn

    Like many others, Randi Nell is a “daughter” of pawn. Her parents started Big Dog Pawn in West Jordan, Utah, when she was 12 years old. As a teenager, she worked in the store part-time, but swore she would never work at the pawnshop when she grew up. However, after graduating from college in 2009, […]

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  • Josh and Adam Davis: Florida Brothers on the Fast Track

    THIRD GENERATION PAWNBROKER? ✓ COLLEGE GRADUATE? ✓ TECHNOLOGY INNOVATOR? ✓ MULTI-STORE OWNER? ✓ UNDER 30? ✓ Josh and Adam Davis officially began their pawn careers just six years ago, but they have already made huge strides in the industry. Natives of New York, they worked with their father and grandfather in the family-owned pawn store […]

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