A Family Trade
1421 - Andrew Hawkins
1465 - John Hawkins Esquire
1539 - "Old Master" Captain Williams Hawkins
1552 - Admiral Sir John Hawkins
1570 - Admiral Sir Richard Hawkins
1604 - Captain John Sidney Hawkins
1643 - John Hawkins of Great Milton
1690 - Philemon Hawkins Sr.
1717 - Lt. Colonel Philemon Hawkins
1754 - Col. Benjamin Hawkins
John Bascom Hawkins
Pvt. Greenville Hawkins
John Benjamin Hawkins
James Walter Hawkins
Reverend Clifford Edgar Hawkins
David Lamar Hawkins Sr.
David Hawkins Jr. was born in 1962 to his parents, David Lamar Sr. and Patricia Hawkins. He, along with his younger brother Bruce and sister Leta, grew up in their family home in Warner Robins, GA.
Since the age of five David’s father, Lamar, taught him the art of horsetrading and enlisted his help with contract work at the [Warner] Robins Air Force Base. At fourteen he developed a love of electronics and began working for his father at Hawkins Electronics –with the knowledge and skills he acquired working with his father, he began selling and installing car audio out of his parent’s garage on the weekends. Later that same year, his dad arranged an apprenticeship for him at a local body shop, which he biked to every day after school.
His true entrepreneurial journey began two years later he started his own side business painting and customizing cars in addition to working as an apprentice and selling-installing car audio.
At eighteen shortly after graduating from Warner Robins High, David was hired at the Dyno-miser Automotive Tune-up Shop as a mechanic. A year later he left Dyno-miser and picked up two jobs: one as an insurance agent for Etna Life and Causality, and the second, an automotive technician for Datsun. News of David’s work ethic and creative expertise spread in the local automotive scene and a connection at Chevrolet offered him a transfer and master technician certification; a transfer that he promptly accepted.
In 1983 he bought his first new house and went back to Nissan (formerly Datsun) as a master technician. Nearly four years later he founded AutoSound, opening his first brick-and-mortar business –AutoSound was located near Commercial Circle in Warner Robins and was painted in it’s trademark neon pink color. When David was 27 he left Nissan to pursue his business full-time, opening two complimentary businesses, AutoSound Distributors Inc. and Lazer Industries; a private label for his retail store. David started competing in USAC, NACA, IASCA Car Audio Competitions and from that experience began tweaking the designs of the Lazer products. Soon outside sales reps were added and the product began being shipped internationally.
David’s sister, Leta, arranged a blind date between her brother and Sandra Simmons in 1990 –which is funny because when he met her, she wasn’t blind after all. It’s okay, you can laugh. The two dated for three years and were married in February of 1992. Sandra prayed for twins; David prayed for a healthy, beautiful baby, and soon both of their prayers were answered. I’ll let you guess which one is the pretty, healthy one. In September of ’95 they were blessed with two girls, Alexandria and Victoria. And a boy, David III.
In 2000 David founded Cars of Macon automotive shop where he worked until 2005.
Shortly after he retired from Cars of Macon, David became business partners with a childhood friend in an upscale pawn shop. His main focus was car audio although he was able to learn a fair amount about the daily-to-day pawn business during his time there as well. David and his friend worked together for a year before he decided to focus solely on two of his growing passions, building street rods and internet marketing with his life-long friend Brian. Later his friend Brian would get married, move, and settle down with his new family.
In 2011 the business plan for Pawn Smart USA was written on the back of a napkin. We opened our doors December of 2011, just in time for Christmas. To say that it was a humble start would be generous, but we started together with heart. Our family has built this business on a foundation that has been passed down from generation to generation: treating others as we want to be treated.