GEM PAWNBROKERS was established in 1947 by the late Martin Kaminsky and has steadily grown into the largest pawnbroker in the New York City area with over TWENTY FIVE branches. The high volume of loans that GEM writes makes it the largest privately held chain in the nation as well as one of the largest in the world.
GEM FINANCIAL SERVICES, Inc. was established in 1975 as a spin-off of the successful pawnbroking business. GFS is an industry leader in total financial solutions for the pawnbroking industry, offering financial consulting and a variety of financing programs custom designed to any pawnbroker’s business model.
To this day, GEM remains a family owned and operated business. Martin’s oldest son, Mitchell is the Chairman of the Board. He is the past President of the Collateral Loanbrokers Association of New York State and is a past Director of the National Pawnbrokers Association.
Rachel Wilen, Martin’s granddaughter, has assumed the day to day operations as President. Eileen Kaminsky, Martin’s daughter serves as the Vice President of Marketing.
GEM currently employs over 130 people. For over sixty years, Gem has been serving the pawnbroking community with the best in financial services. Our name stands for integrity, stability, quality and above all, excellence in service. If you ever need to speak to a Gem agent for any reason please call our 24HR Gem information line and press: 1-718-CALL-GEM (225-5436).
Gem Pawnbrokers is committed to responsible industry practices and total customer satisfaction. Gem Pawnbrokers promotes laws and regulations that balance the interests of the pawnbroking industry with those of consumers, as well as supporting and encouraging responsible industry practices. Since we hold our customers in the highest regard, all employees are committed to our “Best Practices Policy.” This Policy includes providing full disclosure to customers, complying with all city, state and federal laws and regulations, advertising truthfully and encouraging and promoting community responsibility and commitment. With over 28 locations in the New York City metropolitan area, we’ve helped millions of customers get cash fast when they need it most.
Gem Pawnbrokers knows the meaning of real customer service. Our customers have been here for us since 1947 and we thank them for making Gem the largest and most respected pawnbroker in New York State.
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