The NPA offers a variety of ways for members to get involved, including committee and board service.
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Kendale Pawn Shop
Johnny and his wife, Tara, own and operate Kendale Pawn Shop in Sanford, NC. The store was opened by Tara’s father, Jimmy Johnson, in 1980, and Johnny has been running the store full time since 1986. A member of the North Carolina Pawnbroker Association for many years, he has served on the board in many capacities, including President multiple times. Johnny and Tara have been married for 33 years and have twin daughters, Rebecca and Katie, and five grandchildren.
immediate past President
Bali Credit corp
San antonio, tx
Boyd is President and co-owner of Bali Credit Corporation which operates five stores in the San Antonio area. Prior to founding the company in 2000, he practiced law in El Paso, TX, for 15 years. Boyd is a member of the State Bar of Texas and served on the Texas Association of Pawnbrokers Board of Directors. Boyd also served as chair of the NPA Government Relations Committee for the NPA and currently serves as NPA President. Boyd is married to Alison, whose family has been in the pawn business for over 50 years. They have been married for 32 years and have three sons – Brooks, Jared, and Reagan.
As CEO of LDPM, Inc, Bill developed the Picasso Pawn brand consolidating 10 individually named pawn stores and seven different companies into one cohesive unit. He started in the pawn business almost 30 years ago as something to do “in between opportunities” and never left. Bill and his wife, Heidi, love to travel and a have a cat named Kiki. Bill is a graduate of East Carolina University and the GIA Diamonds and Diamond Grading program. He is also an avid Carolina Hurricanes fan. In his free time, Bill can be found either on the golf course or practicing his game.
Chad's Pawn Shop
Lake Charles, LA
Chad is the owner of Chad’s Pawn Shop, with six locations in southwest Louisiana. He has been in the industry for 37 years and previously served as President of the Louisiana Pawnbrokers Association. Chad and his wife, Dana, have two children, Kip and Hollis.
Michael Goldstein is the owner of Empire Loan, an eight-store pawn chain, operating in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Originally from New York, he is a third-generation pawnbroker. Michael founded Empire Loan in 1985 and claims to be the first fully computerized pawn store in the northeast. Through the Empire Loan Charitable Foundation, founded in 2012, he and his staff have contributed over $360,000 to local non-profits. He and his wife, Allison, live in Concord, MA, with their three children.
Kristen has a background in association management, publishing and conference/event planning. Prior to joining the NPA, Kristen served as Executive Director of the Independent Equipment Dealers Association for 12 years. Kristen began her career with Miller Freeman, a publishing firm in NYC where she initially worked in advertising and ultimately held the role of Marketing Manager for three different industry trade publications. Kristen now resides just outside Rochester, NY with her three teenage daughters.
Little Rock, AR
Tim Collier owns and operates Pacer, Ltd., which he opened in 1990. He has more than 40 years of experience in the jewelry and pawn business. Tim is currently President of the Arkansas Pawnbrokers Association, a position he has held for 15 years. Tim is an active member of the NPA, serving as President, member of the Board of Directors, the GRC Committee and various offices at the national level. Collier was named “Pawnbrokers of the Year” 2006 and 2015 for his dedication to the industry. Tim lives in Hot Springs with his wife Lisa and they have three sons. He enjoys his time with his family and playing golf.
Elk River Trading Company
Robert is the owner of Elk River Trading Company in Tennessee and specializes in firearms, jewelry, and pre-owned luxury handbags. He is a second-generation pawnbroker who has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. Robert is a past president of the Alabama Pawnbrokers Association and currently serves as Vice President of the Tennessee Pawnbrokers Association. Robert is a General Class Amateur Radio Operator and lives with three senior rescue dachshunds in Huntsville, Alabama.
Big Dog Pawn
West Jordan, UT
Randi is a second generation pawnbroker who has been working full time in the industry since she graduated from USU in 2009. They have 2 locations in the Salt Lake area. Randi brought her husband Trent into the business. Now they love working together with their parents on growing the 2 stores. When they are not traveling they are spending time with their 2 dogs.
Top Dollar Pawnbrokers
Oxon Hill, MD
Michael Cohen owns Top Dollar Pawn & Jewelry with two locations in Maryland. Michael is a second-generation pawnshop owner. Top Dollar Pawn’s first location was founded by his father in 1985. Michael has also been serving as a board member for the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce for over ten years. In 2014 Top Dollar Pawn & Jewelry was honored with the Excellence in Business Community Service Award by the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce.
Superior Pawn Company
Jay is the owner of Superior Pawn & Gun, with a pawn shop, gun shop and shooting range, in Hampton, VA. He came to pawn in 2009 through his brother. He also serves as the president of the Virginia Pawnbrokers Association. Jay holds an MBA from Auburn University. He and his wife of 38 years, Rita, have two daughters, Kelly and Chelsea, who work with Jay.
Fieldstone Jewelry and Pawn Inc.
Lisa Little has been a passionate member of the pawn industry since 1987 and was the first woman in the nation to become a Certified Pawn Professional®. After attending the University of Georgia, she and her father co-founded a chain of four pawn shops, along with numerous other businesses. In 2013, Lisa became CEO and Managing Member of all of the family businesses. In her spare time Lisa loves spending time with her daughters, Victoria and Alexandria, homeschooling, traveling, and serving as a Bible class teacher and youth education coordinator. She also loves genealogy, Agatha Christie and all things Jane Austen.
Decatur Jewelry and Pawn
Perry is the owner and operator of Decatur Jewelry & Pawn in Decatur, Illinois. A third-generation jeweler, Perry merged his extensive expertise in the jewelry industry with the pawn business to grow Decatur Jewelry & Pawn into one of the largest and most respected retail jewelry stores in the area. He is an active member of the NPA and has been a huge advocate for pawn at both the state and federal levels.
Lowell Jewelry & Loan
Christopher is the owner and CEO of Lowell Pawn located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Prior to establishing his company in 2006, he graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology and was a registered Professional Engineer, spending 30 years managing multi-million-dollar large construction projects around the globe. He and his wife, Karen have been married for 36 years and live on Cape Cod after raising two young men, Bryce and Colton.
BJ Pawn & gun
Denham Springs, LA
Jeremy Powell is a third-generation pawnbroker and owner of BJ Pawn & Gun in Denham Springs, LA. He is president of the Louisiana Pawnbrokers Association and an active member of NPA’s Young Professionals Pawnbroker Peer Group. He also serves on NPA’s Young Professionals Committee and Pawn Expo Convention Committee. He lives in Louisiana with his wife Brittany and their three sons.
Central Mega Pawn
Scott Tiemann got his start in the pawn world in 1994 as an SLA for a very successful pawnbroker in Southern California. In 2000, he was fortunate enough to come across an old-time pawnbroker who wanted to retire. Scott bought his store, and the rest is history. He now owns three stores. Scott joined the board of the California Pawnbrokers Association in 2015. In 2017 he was asked to join the executive committee and have since served as Treasurer and Secretary. He is excited to join the NPA board and learn more about pawn across the country.
Anthony Vanegas, a lifelong pawnbroker, entered the pawn industry at the young age of 13 and hasn’t stopped since. He ultimately opened his own chain of shops (Sunbelt Pawn Jewelry & Loan) in the Houston & DFW areas of Texas. His business was named “Best of the Best Pawnshop in Houston.” Anthony looks forward to serving the NPA for years to come as a way to give back to the people and organizations he has benefited immensely from throughout his career.
National Jewelry & Pawn
Jeff is the Director of Store Operations for National Pawn & Jewelry, with 23 locations across North Carolina. He has been in the pawn industry for 35 years and frequently serves as a speaker and presenter at industry events. Additionally, Jeff leads an NPA Pawnbroker Peer Group each month.