|Headline:||Speciality retail & financial services|
|Description:||Mr. Patrick Kane is the founder and President of PeoplePawn. Mr. Kane has had a successful career in both international as well as national retail operations. After leaving Keeble College (Oxford, England) and graduating through The Burton Group Plc, Graduate Management Training Program, Patrick held a number of senior management operations positions within the 1200 store chain, and spent his last three years through 1995 managing the flagship stores in Oxford Street, London.|
Since relocating to Seattle in 1996, Mr. Kane has continued applying his operational management skills to both start-up’s and established businesses. From 1996 through 2000, Mr. Kane was Area Operations Manager for Pawn X-Change (www.pawnxchange) where he helped develop the business from a three store base to a 27 store chain within 5 years. During this time frame, Pawn X Change was the recipient of the “Puget Sound Business Journal – Fastest Growing Privately Held Company Award” two years in succession. In 2000 Mr. Kane became National Operations Manager for Bensussen Deutsch & Associates (www.bdainc.com) where he lead the 32-unit retail chain specializing in brand merchandising strategies for Fortune 500 companies such as Bank Of America, Intel, Eli Lilley and Boeing, where single projects exceeded $7.2M in valuation.
In 2001, Mr. Kane was approached by a Seattle entrepreneur Tom Leavitt (www.leavittcap.com) to help develop a new retail service business model for the laundry industry. That year Darcies Laundry (www.darcieslaundry.com) was created as the largest chain of high-end, customer service orientated Laundromats in the Pacific Northwest. After 5 years of building and operating the Darcies Laundry brand in the Seattle market, Mr. Kane has established his own entrepreneurial venture; PeoplePawn.