Since founding Pinnacle Group in her mid-20s, Nina Vaca has strategically developed it into the dynamic powerhouse that it is today, providing information technology services and workforce solutions to iconic global brands. Under her fearless leadership, Pinnacle Group has been ranked among the Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing companies in the country for the last decade. In 2018 and 2015, it was named fastest-growing women-owned/led company in the nation by the Women Presidents’ Organization, as well being named among the top two in 2016 and 2017.
Vaca serves as a director of three publicly traded companies with a combined market cap of $32 Billion: Kohl’s Corporation, Cinemark Holdings, and Comerica, Inc. Throughout her two decades in business, Vaca has also served as a dedicated civic leader and philanthropist, working relentlessly to expand opportunities for Hispanics and women in business, and most recently to expand opportunities in STEM fields for women and girls. Pinnacle Group was among the first cohort of industry partners to support the Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program through the Dallas Independent School District. Through this program, Pinnacle Group serves as an industry partner to Thomas Jefferson P-TECH Early College High School, a predominantly Hispanic school located near Pinnacle’s headquarters. Students in this program graduate in four years with a high school degree, and an associates degree in one of three pathways from Brookhaven Community College. Ninety-seven percent of the students in the Early College High School are minorities and the vast majority will be the first in their families to attend college.
Since experiencing firsthand the power of entrepreneurship and business, Vaca has dedicated herself to advocating for women in business at home and abroad. In 2014, she was selected by President Barack Obama as one of the inaugural members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship program and in that capacity, has traveled extensively to inspire entrepreneurs worldwide. This past August, Vaca traveled to Amman, Jordan as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to share her message of prosperity through entrepreneurship with local entrepreneurs, business leaders, and government agencies. Never satisfied with being one of the first or one of the only women or Latinas serving on corporate boards or in the c-suite, Vaca founded At the Table: Women in Business and Leadership to help more women find a pathway to the board table or to the c-suite. This program specifically focuses on empowering Latina entrepreneurs as the strong economic force that they are through training, guidance, and networking opportunities, helping to strengthen local communities from coast to coast. At the Table is housed at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation.
In 2017, Vaca was named a Woman of Distinction by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and honored as a Trailblazing Woman in Labor and Business by the National Women’s History Project. Vaca has been recognized as one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry by the Hispanic IT Executive Council. Last year, Vaca graced the cover of Latino Leaders Magazine as one of 2017’s 101 Most Influential Latinos in America, a list she has been included in for the past decade. She was honored as Woman of the Year by Solo Mujeres Magazine in Houston at the 11th annual Tribute to the Hispanic Woman, which honors the accomplishments of women who have blazed trails, become entrepreneurs, committed themselves to the community and set the course for future generations to come.