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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pawn America CEO earns recognition from Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board

Brad Rixmann, president and CEO of Pawn America, headquartered in Burnsville, received the 2013 Bob Klas Sr. Entrepreneur Award at the Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board's (WIB) annual legislative and awards event Dec. 13 at the Eagan Community Center.


The award recognizes a local entrepreneur's success story. The inaugural award was presented in 2008 to Bob Klas, Sr., the founder and chairman of The Tapemark Company, based in West St. Paul. Award winners are selected based on their success as shown by business growth, the individual's leadership in the business and/or civic communities, and the mentorship they provide to other entrepreneurs.


Rixmann opened the doors of his first Pawn America store in Robbinsdale in 1991. Today, Pawn America has 27 locations in four states. The company employs more than 600 full-time staff and continues double-digit annual growth. Rixmann built a widely recognized business and brand while also successfully taking on the delicate task of softening the image of the industry. Every year, Pawn America recycles more than a half million items back into the economy, including televisions, computers, appliances and more. Giving these items a new life via consumers, instead of adding them to landfills, Pawn America often refers to itself as the "original recycler."


Rixmann and Pawn America are also active in the community on projects including:

·         PC's For People

·         Donating products to the U of M Medical Center Amplatz Children's Hospital

·         Sending CDs, DVDs and more to veterans stationed overseas

·         Launching the Kids Feeding Kids program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities

  • Serving the Hennepin County Sheriff's Foundation


The Dakota-Scott Workforce Investment Board oversees employment programs and WorkForce Centers in Dakota and Scott counties, including sites in Burnsville, Shakopee and West St. Paul.

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