As some pawn stores move into the second and even third generations of ownership and more young people are seeing a career path in the pawn industry, the NPA wants to actively cultivate the next generation of pawn leaders.
The NPA welcomes Young Professionals under the age of 35, working in the pawn industry and affiliated with an NPA member store or company. Through an online community, Pawnbroker Peer Groups and in-person events such as Pawn Expo, Young Professionals have an opportunity to engage in educational resources and networking opportunities.
As networking is a hallmark of NPA, Young Professionals are encouraged to get know one another and get involved in the NPA. Young Professionals are also exposed to members with decades of knowledge in order to learn and grow.
The NPA has built an online community just for Young Professionals where they can communicate, ask and answer questions and support one another.
A special Pawnbroker Peer Group has been established for Young Professionals, where once a month, the group virtually connects. Much like the roundtable sessions at Expo, the group members drive the conversation to problem solve, brainstorm, gather and use ideas from each other, grow, develop, and learn from one another.