An energetic and highly successful “serial entrepreneur,” Bea Aikens brings more than 25 years of expertise in sales, marketing and operational management. She has been at the helm of a variety of sales, marketing and financial organizations and has held executive-level casino positions within the Las Vegas community. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has served as a real estate broker and trust company owner.
Ms. Aikens is the founder and CEO of Lanie’s Hope, a national advocacy group dedicated to illuminating and humanizing the disease of compulsive gambling. Given her entrepreneurial spirit, she channeled her business skills with her personal experience as a recovering compulsive gambler and the survivor of a family member who died from a gambling-related overdose to launch Lanie’s Hope in 2010.
A motivational speaker, emcee and presenter, Ms. Aikens has been featured at numerous state, regional and national Gamblers Anonymous conferences. In 2011, she addressed the Nevada Association of Family Practitioners and succeeded in having physicians add gambling habits questions to their medical intake reports. Most recently she has served as the keynote speaker for 2011 Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling as well as the 2012 keynote speaker for both the Arizona Office of Problem Gambling and the Vermont Council on Problem Gambling. Ms. Aikens serves as a key advisor and board member for the Pennsylvania Butler County Responsible Gambling Coalition due to that state’s position as the fastest growing gambling location in America. As a published author in two of the four Life Choices book series, Ms. Aikens was among a select group of authors chosen to kick-off the national tour for Life Choices: The Event, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Subject matter expert Ms. Aikens serves on the advisory board of the Butler County Community Resource Center Problem Gambling Coalition, Butler, Pa.; the Beaver Falls, Pa. Community Coalition on Problem Gambling; and the Red Tent Women’s Project problem gambling foundation. She has completed extensive studies on a broad range of problem gambling-related topics including mental health, recovery and treatment, and emotional impact, and is pursuing national accreditation with the American Compulsive Gambling Counselor Certification Board. As a national leader focused on creating social change in problem gambling, she is well-informed of the latest news, events and current legislation pertaining to this area. Her knowledge, professional contacts and personal experience make her a valuable resource on problem gambling.
A charitable member of the Las Vegas community, Ms. Aikens has been actively involved in a professional capacity for years. She served on the board of directors for several organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association and National Association of Women Business Owners and as president of My Hope Chest.
A recognized community leader, Ms. Aikens is the recipient of multiple honors and distinctions including:
• “Women of Distinction Honoree—National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) 2011
• “Glass Ceiling” nominee—National Association of Women Business Owners 2007
• “Woman of the Year”—Women of Entertainment, Music and the Media 2002
• Congressional Recognition—seven time honoree