Title: CEO and chief manager, PawnAmerica

Age: 47

Home, family: Prior Lake, wife, two sons

Education: Minneapolis Lutheran High School, 1984; undergraduate studies at Augsburg College.

Work: Founded PawnAmerica in 1991 with first store in Robbinsdale. Now has 24 stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North and South Dakota.

Favorite charity: Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities

Most surprising pawned item: Vintage 1950s Fender Stratocaster guitar that was very valuable.

Would you consider opening on Thanksgiving?: There are already enough days in the holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving is for family.