Since founding Pinnacle Group in her mid-20s, Nina Vaca has strategically developed it into one of the largest IT staffing firms in the country. Under her leadership as Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Group has been ranked among the Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing companies in the country for more than a decade. In 2018 and 2015, it was named fastest-growing women-owned/led company in the nation by the Women Presidents’ Organization, as well as being named among the top two in 2016 and 2017.
Nina 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.
Nina understands the power of entrepreneurship and is a vocal advocate for women and minorities in business. When small businesses succeed it changes individuals, families, their communities, and ultimately the world! 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, Nina 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, Nina 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.
Throughout her two decades in business, Nina 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.
In 2017, Nina 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. Nina 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, Nina 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.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed March 8, 2018 Nina Vaca Day at the 11th annual Tribute to the Hispanic Woman, where she was named Woman of the Year by Solo Mujeres Magazine 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.
ALPFA, 50 Most Powerful Latinas (2017)
Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum Inductee (2016)
Enterprising Women, Woman of the Year Award (2016)
Women President’s Organization, Fastest Growing Women-Owned Business Award (2015)
Goldman Sachs, Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2013)
NBCLatino Innovator (2013)
Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year/Hall of Fame Inductee (2005)
Latino Leaders, 101 Most Influential Latinos (named each year 2008-present)
Staffing Industry Analysts, The Staffing 100 – The 100 Most Influential People in Staffing (2013, 2014)
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship
Henry Crown Fellow, Aspen Institute
Chairman Emeritus, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Chairman, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Chair of the Entrepreneurship Council, Million Women Mentors
Founder, At the Table – Women in Business and Leadership
Founder, Startup America Partnership
Mentor, Peace Through Business
Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
Harvard University, Corporate Governance Executive Program
Texas State University, Distinguished Alumna
Texas State University, Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Communication, Minor in Business Administration
Northwood University, Honorary Doctorate
Mount Mary University, Honorary Doctor of Laws
Berkeley College, Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science