Diana Bennett, Chief Executive Officer
Diana Bennett, $1,000,000 donor and chair of Noah’s Animal House foundation.
As CEO and co-founder of Paragon Gaming, a developer and operator of gaming based properties, Diana Bennett is a second-generation casino operator and one of the most effective and respected executives in the gaming industry today. She and her partner Scott Menke have created a company that developed, constructed, and now manages the River Cree Hotel and Resort on the River Cree Reserve outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This was the first ever First Nations gaming property in Alberta. Paragon also owns the Edgewater Casino in Vancouver, BC, Canada and the Eagle River Casino Travel Plaza in Whitecourt, Alberta.
Following college at Arizona State University, Ms. Bennett’s career started under the tutelage of her father, industry icon William Bennett. As an executive of Circus Circus Enterprises’ leadership team, Ms Bennett opened and operated multiple gaming operations which became landmark gaming properties, including the Luxor and Excalibur. She also led the merger of the executive staffs of the Edgewater Hotel/Casino in Laughlin, Nevada and the Colorado Belle Hotel/Casino. She also directed the purchase, takeover, and integration of new management into one of the timeless icons of the Las Vegas Strip, the Sahara Hotel and Casino, acquired by the Bennett family’s Gordon Gaming division in 1995.
She has been personally responsible for management of multiple casino operations and has been licensed in multiple jurisdictions. She is recognized as an expert in establishing gaming systems, and served as President and Chief Operating Office of Casino Data Systems (CDS), where she planned, grew and managed one of the major gaming manufacturers in North America and was licensed in multiple gaming jurisdictions including Missouri.
Diana Bennett served as chair of the National Children’s Miracle Network Telethon for the University Medical Center Foundation, served on the boards of the I Have a Dream Foundation and the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and is a member of the Black Mountain Institute Foundation at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas as well as a member of the UNLV Foundation and has a fellowship in her name at the University. As President of the Bennett Family Foundation, she supports various youth and women’s organizations throughout the Southern Nevada area such as Child Focus and Noah’s House at the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter along with serving on the board of directors of Three Square Food Bank and the Smith Center. She is recognized for her support of the I Have A Dream Foundation in 2009. She has been named repeatedly to the Outstanding Women of Nevada since 1994. In 2007 was named as one of the Top Ten Great Women of Gaming in the US.