Meet the Proposed 2022-2024 Board of Directors

President

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Lisa Little, CPP®

 

Fieldstone Jewelry & Pawn, Conyers, GA

Lisa Little, a native of Conyers, Georgia, has been a passionate member of pawn industry for over 30 years. After attending the University of Georgia, Lisa returned home to Conyers to find her calling – and after dabbling in insurance and real estate stumbled upon the pawn industry. In 1987 she co-founded a chain of pawn shops with her father, John Little, and never looked back. 

     In 2018 Lisa became the first woman in the nation to become a Certified Pawn Professional®. She currently serves on the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) Board of Directors. In 2021 she was awarded the Outstanding Industry Image Award by the NPA.

     In her spare time Lisa loves spending time with her two daughters, traveling, and serving as a Bible class teacher and youth education coordinator at her church. She also loves Disney, genealogy and all things Jane Austen.

Vice President

Keith Morgan

Mr. Cash Pawn Shops

Baxley, Brunswick, Jesup, Midway, Statesboro

Keith Morgan is the owner and operator of five Mr. Cash pawn shops throughout the southeast region of Georgia. Alongside his wife Clarissa, he has been involved in the pawnshop business for over twelve years. Keith comes from an extensive background in business with experience in both the trucking and automotive industries. Keith and Clarissa have three children, Sailor Claire, Adeline, and Noah. When he is not working or spending time with his family, Keith enjoys off-shore fishing and hunting. Keith is committed to preserving and advocating for the pawn industry.

Secretary

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Tony Wood,
CPP®

 

Old South Pawn

Macon, GA

Tony Wood is President and majority owner of Old South Pawn Inc in Macon Georgia.  Tony began working in the company in 1996, and has loved the pawn business from day one. He is also one of only three people in the State of Georgia to earn the designation of Certified Pawn Professional® awarded by the National Pawnbrokers Association. 

     Tony has also served as a Children’s Pastor, Sunday School teacher, and most recently as Senior Pastor of the church he attends in Macon GA.  He is married to Sandy, and they have a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Kaylee.

Membership Chair

Van Dempsey

 

Van's Pawn Mart, Macon, Warner Robins, Milledgeville GA

Van Dempsey is the owner and operator of the three Van’s Pawn Mart locations in middle Georgia with beginnings starting back in 1993. In addition to the pawn shops, he is a business partner with Satterfield & Dempsey Jewelers in Warner Robins.  Van graduated from UGA with a BS degree in chemistry and also has the certification of Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.

Van enjoys the operations of the pawn shops along with two of his sons, Ross and Hayden.

When Van isn’t spending time with the family, he enjoys bird hunting and bass fishing.

Treasurer

Ben Levinson, CPP®

Dynasty Jewelry and Loan, Norcross, GA

Ben Levinson was born in Rome, Ga. and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Marketing. Ben believes in involvement. Ben is a former President and Vice President of the Pawnbrokers Association of Georgia and former President, Vice President, and Secretary of the National Pawnbrokers Association. Having grown up in a family business being an entrepreneur comes naturally.

He is also one of only three people in the State of Georgia to earn the designation of Certified Pawn Professional® awarded by the National Pawnbrokers Association. 

GRC Chair

Jason Wallace

 

Smyrna Pawn, Paulding Pawn

Smyrna, GA

Board Member

Rita Ware

Rita's Jewelry Pawn & Gifts,

Griffin GA

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Jason Wallace is a 2nd generation pawnbroker who operates Smyrna Pawn and Paulding Pawn for 16 years.  Jason graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  Jason is a proud husband and father of five. "The pawn business has been very good to our family.  Without Smyrna Pawn, our family wouldn't have been able to start our other businesses including Adventure Outdoors, Smyrna Police Distributors, and Paulding Pawn.  Running a pawn shop with integrity and compassion are key elements to our success."

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