Sistah of the Month

Lakitsia C. Gaines

State Farm Insurance & Financial Services

Multi-Agency Owner/Community Advocate

Lakitsia Gaines is a Miami, FL native and a graduate of Florida A&M University in  Tallahassee.  

After 10 years of promotions and relocations with State Farm, Lakitsia wanted  more than success as an employee of a fortune 500 company. She wanted to be  her own boss, achieve independent financial freedom and give more back to her  community. So, in 2006, she became an agency owner of the #1 auto, life,  homeowners and boat insurer in the country – State Farm. She has a team of 15  multilingual and licensed insurance and financial services professionals  dedicated to protecting your wealth. They speak Russian, French, Creole,  Spanish, English and her favorite language - MONEY. As one of nearly 200  agents out of 19,000 across the country, she has two State Farm agencies: her  flagship agency is located in Miami and the newest addition is Hallandale Beach.

She and her teams have achieved many awards including the internationally  coveted Million Dollar Roundtable. This represents the top ½ of 1% of insurance  and financial professionals in the WORLD. Other awards include: Chairman’s  Circle (10 year qualifier), SVP club, Mutual Funds Platinum Award, NAIFA  National Multiline Sales Award and NAIFA National Sales Achievement Award.  

She has been recognized as “Business Firm of the Year,” “Most Influential and  Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership” and the coveted “In the  Company of Women Awards” as an Outstanding Woman of Business and  Economics. In the past, she was a guest speaker at the International Black  Enterprise Women of Power Summit, featured on the Steve Harvey Morning  Show and twice on the Power Stage at the Essence Festival in Louisiana. She is  a member of Miami Biscayne Bay (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Miami  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rotary International, a  member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She currently leads the Finance  Workshop Committee. She serves as a board member for many nonprofits.  

Her personal motto is, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know  how much you care.” As a college scholarship recipient, she personally donates  more than $50,000 a year in sponsorships and scholarships for deserving high  school students. She is an active volunteer sharing more than 200 hours of  complimentary seminars for financial literacy to the public.  

She is a wife to Shawn and a mom of two teenagers Kendall and Kaitlyn.