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February 2017

Speaker Spotlight: Todd Palmer — Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class

By | Business, Detroit Love

Todd Head Shot_014_5x7Together with the Pontiac Regional Chamber, American Jewelry and Loan is honored to host Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class. Serving as one of our distinguished panelists is Todd Palmer, founder and President of Diversified Industrial Staffing.   Since 1997, Todd’s companies have helped over 4,300 people secure employment, improving their lives and the lives of their families. In 2015, he launched Skilled Labor Training Centers to train the next generation of CNC machinists.

In 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013 Todd’s company, Diversified Industrial Staffing, was named by INC Magazine to the INC 5,000, as one fastest growing companies in America. In 2011 Diversified Industrial Staffing was named a Michigan 50 Company to Watch.

In 2008 his company was named by CORP! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots. In 2011 CORP! Magazine named Diversified Industrial Staffing as a Best of Michigan Company and named Todd individually as an Entrepreneur of Distinction.

In 2013, Todd was the National Chairman for Industrial Staffing firms, on behalf of the American Staffing Association (ASA). In 2008-2009 he was President of EO Detroit, a group of successful CEO’s, who have combined revenues in excess of $100 Million dollars.

Todd currently writes a monthly column on employment issues for Dbusiness Magazine and a bi-monthly column for Production Machining Magazine, on employment issues specifically within manufacturing. In 2015 Todd published his first book, The Job Search Process, which helps people get new jobs in as little as 7 Days. He is currently working on his 2nd book about the entrepreneurial journey.

His company has been featured in INC Magazine, The Detroit News, CORP! Magazine, Crain’s Detroit & MetroMode.   Todd has been on the radio with the Business Reality Network and the Dan Mulhern Show, and was featured on Entrepreneur Television twice, in separate 30-minute sit-down interviews.

Todd is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and minor in Marketing.

Learn more about this course and register at: Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class





Red Carpet Watch: Did Les Gold Correctly Forecast the Hottest Oscars Jewelry?

By | Entertainment, from Les Gold, Uncategorized

Last week, Les Gold appeared in local media with some remarkable pieces from the American Jewelry and Loan vault to preview some of the looks that he predicted we’d see on the Oscars Red Carpet.

Click HERE to see the clip and photos of some the pieces that Les shared. Then, compare his predictions with a look at the night’s hottest looks with photos from


Speaker Spotlight: Tonya Acha Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class

By | Business, In the News

Together with the Pontiac Regional Chamber, American Jewelry and Loan is honored to host Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class. Tonya Acha joins our distinguished panel. She is a reTonya Web Res-2ferral marketing expert with Asentiv, formerly Referral Institute, helping 100’s of people generates millions of dollars every year for her clients through a variety of marketing strategies.

Tonya’s passion for networking, coaching and presenting has been instrumental in helping nearly 1000 business people to form thriving relationships and businesses every year. She has over 30 years’ experience in business, working with multi-million dollar companies and CEO’s to develop successful teams and productive marketing plans to increase sales and strengthen relationships with current clients and deepen loyalty for their brand for a total marketing experience.

As an entrepreneur herself, she understands the importance of shaping relationships to leverage successful strategies for increased performance.

She savors spending time with her family, Dave, Jonathan, Andrea, and her grandson Grayson. She loves to travel, entertain, and sampling fine wine. What is important to Tonya is creating the life that allows her and others to be fortunate enough to enjoy every day to the highest degree.




Variety Magazine: Academy Rules Can’t Stop Pawn Shop Oscar Sales

By | Business, In the News

Check out this article featuring our friends at Beverly Loan Company:

[From Variety magazine] On the third floor of a nondescript Beverly Hills office building, past an armed security guard and beyond a glass case full of diamond jewelry, is a gleaming Academy Award. But this trophy wasn’t awarded to any of the staff, or to anyone related to them. This Oscar was pawned.

Beverly Loan Co., “the pawnshop for the stars,” has been drawing the Hollywood set since 1938. The upscale, family-owned and -operated pawnshop specializes in high-end jewelry, watches, fine art, and entertainment memorabilia such as the occasional Oscar.

Jordan Tabach-Bank is the shop’s third-generation pawnbroker. He has thick dark hair, a bright smile, and eyes that gleam with well-kept secrets. One such secret is a coveted Oscar that he says is “particularly unbelievable,” and although he can’t reveal the famous honoree, he spills that it belonged to a late director-producer whose family has kept it as an heirloom.

“They have been fortunate enough to be able to use it when they find themselves in a crunch,” Tabach-Bank says. “It’s difficult to get a bank loan in today’s climate, it really is, and one nice thing is, if you come in with that Academy Award, we can give you easily $50,000. For this particular award, $100,000 was a no-brainer.”

Pawnshops, of course, allow customers to use their valuables as collateral in exchange for a loan. Tabach-Bank says he offers on-the-spot loans in cash or wire, with no credit checks, no loan committee, and a boilerplate agreement. This is standard practice for pawnbrokers. When the customer pays back the loan, with interest, he returns the merchandise. If a client doesn’t pay back the loan, however, the pawnbroker will hold on to the merchandise and can resell it. Tabach-Bank says his clients often pawn the same piece several times, and the majority redeem their goods.



Read the full article at Variety magazine.

ABC Detroit: Oscars-Ready Red Carpet Jewelry

By | Entertainment, from Les Gold, Uncategorized

Les stopped by WXYZ Detroit’s Broadcast House to talk with Alicia Smith about the 2017 Academy Awards and some of the jewelry trends that viewers can look for on the Red Carpet. Check out these pieces from the American Jewelry and Loan vault:




The world's naughtiest magicians visited American Jewelry & Loan.

US Tour: The Naked Magicians to Stop by American Jewelry and Loan

By | Entertainment

The national tour of The Naked Magicians ( hits the road in North America!  Starring two of Australia’s most famous magicians, the clever Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, The Naked Magicians combine magic and muscles with riotous laughs that take magic to a whole new level.

The show comes through Detroit at the Fillmore Theatre on February 16 and continues around the country through the end of April.  We were thrilled to learn that Christopher and Mike are fans of the show Hardcore Pawn, and are happy to announce that they’re planning to stop by our iconic Detroit store on Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00 am to share some insanely funny magic tricks for our crew and customers.

Learn more about their North American tour:

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Twitter @NakedMagicians

Instagram @thenakedmagicians.

Fox 2: It’s the Season to Splurge!

By | In the News

Whether it’s a meaningful Valentine’s Day gift, a Red Carpet look you’d like to emulate, or bridal jewelry, American Jewelry and Loan is the best place to SAVE WHILE YOU SPLURGE!

Les Gold recently visited the Fox News studios in Detroit to share some GIA Certified diamond engagement rings, luxury handbags, and other incredible pieces from our collection. Check it out:

Les and Seth Gold to Deliver Keynote at Pawn Convention

By | from Staff, In the News

JUST ANNOUNCED: Les and Seth Gold will deliver the Keynote Address at the 2017 Midwest Pawnbrokers Convention in Franklin, Tennessee. “So much has happened since Les and Seth delivered the keynote address at the 2016 convention, we’ve asked them to come back and take a look back at one of pawnbroking’s most memorable years. Join them as they share the one thing that they say is the secret to their family’s success.”