Aaron's Bio

Aaron was born in Bowling Green, KY on May 1, 1975 to Paul and Betty Witten. He was raised in Leitchfield, KY where he currently lives with his wife, Laura, and son, Luke.

He has extensive experience in business planning and management. At age 10 he started running his own sports card shop out of the corner of the family company's (QPI, Inc.) home office. Shortly after college, Aaron started as a broker in Nashville, TN, then later moved back home to Leitchfield to start his private financial practice. Today, as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner, Certified Retirement Counselor®, Certified Kingdom Advisor® and Registered Representative with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., he helps clients with a variety of financial products and services.

His education includes being a graduate of Grayson County High School in Leitchfield in 1993, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University (1998), with a minor in music. He enjoyed playing the trumpet in concert, jazz, and marching bands at both his high school and in college, and went on to become a Certified Drum Corps Midwest Visual Effect Judge in 2003. Further educational and professional credentials include being a registered representative (FINRA Series 6, 7, 63), Investment Adviser Representative (FINRA Series 65) and a Life, Health, and Variable Insurance Licensed professional in multiple states. He also is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Certificant since October 2011, a Certified Retirement Counselor® since November of 2013, and, most recently, became a Certified Kingdom Advisor® in 2018. He also is a certified Quickbooks Online and Quickbooks Desktop Pro Advisor.

He became a member of the Bowling Green Evening Lions Club in 2000, and currently serves in the Leitchfield Lions Club where he is still an active member today. In Lions, he has served as his club president for 2 years, Zone Chairman of Region 3, Zone 1 in district 43-E, and Vice District Governor during the his father's term as Governor in 2005-2006. Following his father's footsteps, Aaron became District Governor of 43-E in 2006-2007. During his term as governor, Aaron helped to start 2 new clubs in his district and served on various Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation committees. In addition he helped to procure and ship 10,000 pair of eyeglasses lenses to Sri Lanka for the Tsunami Relief Effort, assisted in the process to secure a $75,000 Lions International grant in support of the local Leitchfield Community Healthplex project, and, with the help of his cabinet, led the district to a big positive membership gain during his term -- ranking district 43-E 17th out of the 785 Lions districts around the world for annual membership growth. In Lions, he is a Certified Guiding Lion, recipient of 3 President's Awards, Campaign Sight First 2 “Knight of Strength”, KLEF Silver Life Patron, and is a Melvin Jones Fellow. He currently serves in Lions as the Past District Governor for district 43-E, and is the Chairman of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of the Leitchfield Lions Club and of Lions District 43-K for the 2018-2019 Lions year.

His awards, involvement, and accomplishments outside of Lionism include being a past member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity while at WKU, Founder & Chairperson of “Drums on the Hill” Professional Drum & Bugle Corps competition at WKU from 1998-2001, co-founder of one of the first internet services in Grayson County in 1996 -- an accomplishment which earned him his Kentucky Colonel that same year. He also earned the title of “Duke of Hazard (KY)” -- the equivalent to a key to the city of Hazard -- in 2007 for his work with Lions across the state.

Aaron also is actively invovled in the Republican Party of Kentucky (RPK), serving as Chairman for Grayson County from 2011 to March of 2017. In addition, he was appointed in November of 2013 to serve as the Tresurer for the 2nd Congressional District of the RPK, and was elected by the district in 2017 to serve on RPK's State Central Committee.

Aaron believes his greatest local business impact came from co-founding Gamestation, Inc. in 2001 with his brother, Jay. Gamestation, Inc. and CustomDice, Inc. have since become household names in the world games economy. The custom division of Gamestation, Inc. was featured in the “7-7-07 Weddings” editorial in InStyle Magazine. As well, Gamestation has made dice for Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Ford, General Electric, Adobe, and Hasbro. In summer of 2014, Aaron made the decision to shut-down Gamestation, Inc. to concentrate fully on his financial practice and his clients. His brother still operates www.customdice.com today.

His active involvement and other memberships include being a member of First Baptist Church in Leitchfield, where he currently serves on the church media team and participates in their annual mission trip to Nicaragua through Baptist Medical and Dental Missions International (BMDMI).  He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board for the Grayson County Community Alliance, which runs the area food pantry among other private assistance programs for the poor. He and his wife support foster parenting, and were foster parents to 21 different children between 2011 and 2014. They currently have one child of their own, Luke - age 13, who loves to help out around the practice.

Lastly, he served seven terms as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) – a worldwide non-profit game education and business organization located in Columbus, Ohio over the last 15 years. 

Hobbies and interests include his family, computers, business, traveling, finance, coin collecting, politics, drum & bugle corps and playing games of both the traditional and electronic varieties.

Among his favorite games are: Acquire, Magic: The Gathering, Civilization V & VI, Starcraft 2, Sim City, X-Com: Enemy Within, Railroad Tycoon, Master of Orion 2, Master of Magic, Spurs: A Tale of the Old West, Machi Koro, Dominion, Trains, Sudoku, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, The Settlers of Catan, Blood Bowl, Puerto Rico, Caylus, Agricola, Brass, Chess, Backgammon, and Dungeons & Dragons. 

*Gamestation, Inc., CustomDice, Inc., and Lions Clubs International and its divisions are not affiliated with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.