Alice Cooper Gives Words of Advice to Rock & Roll Academy and Charles C Brennan

Charles C. BrennanCharles C. Brennan is a Las Vegas businessman and the owner of Dollar Loan Center, which provides affordable loans to consumers. Success in business has given Charles C. Brennan the opportunity to invest in something he believes in. Heading back to his hometown, Charles C. Brennan created the Rock & Roll Academy where underserved children could learn music while also finding an outlet for their creative talents.

Charles C. Brennan recently welcomed a rock and roll legend to the Rock & Roll Academy. Alice Cooper joined Charles C. Brennan in an event to dedicate a new recording studio, which was named for one of Cooper’s songs. As Charles C. Brennan explains, the studio will give students the chance to use an actual mixing board.

Recently, Charles C. Brennan spoke to Gathering of Experts and shared the words of advice Alice Cooper gave students at the Academy. [Read more…]

Dollar Loan Center CEO Chuck Brennan on Security Measures

Charles-Brennan-Dollar-Loan-Center2Dollar Loan Center CEO Chuck Brennan was recently profiled in the security magazine Currents for his efforts toward customer safety. Chuck Brennan and his Dollar Loan Center staff have utilized a series of technological tools that ensure the security of his employees and his customers. For customers who seek a short-term financial solution, Chuck Brennan explains the security procedures at Dollar Loan Center.

A Gathering of Experts: In your opinion, Chuck Brennan, what’s the overall objective of Dollar Loan Center?

Chuck Brennan: Dollar Loan Center improves the lives of many Americans by providing small short-term loans for accepted applicants.

A Gathering of Experts: How many Dollar Loan Center locations are there?

Chuck Brennan: There are currently more than 80 locations in four states—Utah, California, South Dakota and Nevada.

A Gathering of Experts: Which region has garnered the most customer traffic?

Chuck Brennan: Las Vegas, NV is the most popular location.

A Gathering of Experts: Where is Dollar Loan Center based?

Chuck Brennan: Dollar Loan Center is based in Las Vegas, NV, a town known so well for its gambling casinos. However, there’s no sense in taking risks in terms of customers’ hard-earned money.

A Gathering of Experts: How are stores monitored?

Chuck Brennan: The surveillance unit monitors each location from a centralized spot. This way, the security team has the ability to see everything that occurs within the store.

A Gathering of Experts: The lending industry must be rampant with theft.

Chuck Brennan: In my cases, that’s true. Dollar Loan Center, however, uses cutting edge technology to curb theft and destruction of property.

A Gathering of Experts: How are customers cash protected?

Chuck Brennan: Each branch of Dollar Loan Center—from Las Vegas, NV to Sioux Falls, S.D.—contains a cash recycler that sorts and counts all customer deposits within a secure apparatus.

A Gathering of Experts: What happens to money deposited by customers?

Chuck Brennan: Once the customers’ money is placed into these machines, it is kept within a safe only accessible to the security team.

A Gathering of Experts: What if the safe is stolen?

Chuck Brennan: This apparatus has built-in security cameras, tracking devices and alarms.  This technology was created just for Dollar Loan Center and is cutting edge.

A Gathering of Experts: How can prospective customers find out more about Dollar Loan Center?

Chuck Brennan: For more information, visit us online at People can also call (866) 550-4352 to speak with a company representative.

A Gathering of Experts: Thank you for your time.

Chuck Brennan: My pleasure. Thank you for having me.

Interview with Charles Brennan, Las Vegas, Nevada based Dollar Loan Center’s CEO

Charles Brennan

Charles Brennan

Charles Brennan, majority owner, Founder and CEO of Dollar Loan Center, lives with his wife and children in Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the first Dollar Loan Center.  Here, Charles Brennan discusses Dollar Loan Center’s contributions to the Las Vegas, Nevada community in an interview with A Gathering of Experts.

A Gathering of Experts:  Thanks for joining us!  Please tell readers a little bit about yourself.

Charles Brennan:  Thanks for asking me to participate.  I am a Midwestern boy who grew up with big dreams of being in the Rock and Roll industry!  I have always been an entrepreneur.

A Gathering of Experts:  That’s quite the combination!  How did you end up founding Dollar Loan Center in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Charles Brennan:  I was a little precocious as a teenager and went to work for Citibank while I was a junior in high school.  These first experiences seeded my interest in lending, collections, finance and eventually led me here.

A Gathering of Experts:  What services does your Las Vegas, Nevada based company provide?

Charles Brennan:  Dollar Loan Center provides short-term signature loans that help people bridge their financial gaps in life.

A Gathering of Experts:  Would this be a payday loan center, then?

Charles Brennan:  Dollar Loan Center sets itself apart from typical payday loan centers in Las Vegas, Nevada and elsewhere by not charging upfront fees, requiring collateral or charging interest or fees beyond the length of the loan.  We do not even require a checking account.

A Gathering of Experts:  What do borrowers typically use the signature loans for?

Charles Brennan:  Borrowers can use the loans for anything, but financial emergencies are the biggest reason borrowers come to Dollar Loan Center.  They save a LOT by using us instead of paying an overdraft fee or late fee.

A Gathering of Experts:  How do borrowers apply for a short-term loan with Dollar Loan Center?

Charles Brennan:  Dollar Loan Center makes it really easy to apply.  Borrowers can apply online at any time at or can visit any one of our 80 stores, located in Nevada, Utah, South Dakota, and California.

A Gathering of Experts:  Are there qualification requirements?

Charles Brennan:  Certainly.  Borrowers must have steady employment and the ability to re-pay the loan. We do run credit checks on our borrowers and report their good credit history also.

A Gathering of Experts:  What if someone has bad credit; should they forget about a Dollar Loan Center loan?

Charles Brennan:  Absolutely not.  Dollar Loan Center prides itself in providing loan products for every credit situation.  We try to weed out any fraud of course, but, unlike most banks, it is our goal to get the customer their needed funds.

A Gathering of Experts:  How many loans can a borrower receive from Dollar Loan Center?

Charles Brennan:  There is no limit; however, Dollar Loan Center encourages borrowers to use signature loans responsibly as to avoid creating insurmountable debt problems.

A Gathering of Experts:  Do borrowers need to re-apply for every loan?

Charles Brennan:  No, once a borrower establishes a credit line with Dollar Loan Center, their information is kept on file for later, additional loan applications.  As a matter of fact, over 1/3rd of our locations have a drive-thru so the customers can get their funds as quick as a taco.

A Gathering of Experts:  Dollar Loan Center calls itself a “community lender”; what does that mean?

Charles Brennan:  Dollar Loan Center is committed to giving back to the other communities where our stores are located. We also continue to support nonprofit organizations doing good work for the children of those communities.

Charles Brennan grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and has enjoyed careers in both the music industry and finance.  He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his family. Charles Brennan encourages readers to find answers to their questions by going to Dollar Loan Center’s website,