We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Vanegas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anthony, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
With 30+ years in the pawn industry, it’s difficult to narrow down just one lesson and label it as the most important. This industry is humbling, challenging, but always rewarding. I tend to think that at the end of the day or at the of our careers, we’ll reflect and ask ourselves… Does what I spent my life doing matter? Did it impact someone’s life for the better? What is the legacy that I’m leaving for my family, my team and my customers? For that reason, I would say that the most important lesson that this industry has taught me is to not forget your “why.” WHY do you get up and do what you do each and every day? And WHY do you make sure that the job gets done the way you want it to?
Everyone has a different WHY and their WHY usually defines HOW they do business.

For myself and our team, we get up everyday to provide for our families first and foremost. How do we do this? By being an alternative financial solution to our communities. Which leads to our second why. We get up everyday to provide for our customers – to provide loans for parents who need extra money for their children, for small business owners who need funding to make their payroll this week and so many other situations.

In short, don’t every forget your WHY.

What should our readers know about your business?
Sunbelt Pawn is a family owned, locally operated small business that has been blessed to grow from one humble location in The Heights area of Houston to twelve stores across Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Our main business is providing microloans while we also offering a sustainable retail alternative for the communities we serve.

We strive to rewrite the narrative of the pawn industry and do so by educating those unfamiliar with our industry on how pawnshops are a vital financial solution to the unbanked and underfinanced in our area.

We are proud to do so by striving to provide the best customer service in the industry. As a way of measuring this, we set the goal of each store reaching 1,000 Google Reviews. We are proud to say that as of now, 33% of our stores have hit this goal. In addition, we are proud to be at a place in business where we can give back and invest in our communities by offering our annual Seguir Adelante Scholarship to local high school students.

Having 30+ years in the industry, I’ve seen many shops flourish because they embrace change, will others have a harder time as they struggle to adapt quickly. Embracing change and surrounding yourself with a strong team has been pivotal in our success. Second only to treating our customers right. Our customers are the reason we’ve been able to stay open for as long as we have – without them choosing Sunbelt as their pawnshop, we wouldn’t be here today.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Friday night – Dinner at a locally owned restaurant like 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ in Tomball, Texas Saturday – Morning breakfast at Snooze Montrose, followed by mural hopping and visiting Sunbelt Pawn’s very own mural at 217 North Loop, lunch at Mico’s Hot Chicken, afternoon treat at Fluff Bake Bar, checkout events at Discovery Green, cocktails at Xochi and dinner at El Tiempo on Washington
Sunday – Church with the family followed by lunch and dessert at Common Bond City place, head down 45 & Gulfbank for a refreshing agua fresca from Pekaditos

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people come to mind when I think of how to answer this question. First and foremost, God – He continually covers myself, my family and our business in His unending grace and favor. My wife, Nena, who has known me since elementary school. She is the definition of a true lifelong partner. She supported me when I stepped into the dream of opening a pawnshop of our own and runs the administrative side of the business. My parents, who backed me in my first year of business in order to buy our first shop and start loaning out money. My uncle, William, who opened the store with me 15 years ago and to this day keeps our operations running smoothly as the Director of Operations of Sunbelt Pawn. Our team, who daily serves our community and strives to change the image of the pawn industry for the better. And finally, Mrs. Joyce and Mr. Bill, who offered me my first job at a pawnshop and John & Brenda for choosing to sell their pawnshop to me 15 years ago.

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