Nina Vaca

Chairman & CEO

Pinnacle Group

"Our growth is rooted in our people. It is vital that they feel as empowered and impassioned as possible."

Nina Vaca is Pinnacle Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Her dynamic leadership over the past 19 years has propelled the company from a niche IT services firm to the workforce solutions powerhouse it is today, with a suite of business lines that address the range of human capital challenges companies face today.

Vaca's unwavering commitment to Pinnacle's success and growth has motivated her to make several bold decisions over the years that have changed the company's course and helped it become what it is today. Watershed moments came in 2001, when Vaca took full control of the company and re-engineered its service offerings in response to the changing landscape post-9/11, then again in 2007 when Vaca saw an opportunity to enter the managed services sector with an ambitious $100 million program. In 2009, Vaca diversified Pinnacle's business in response to the economic downturn by expanding into Canada and offering additional services. Then in 2011, Pinnacle expanded into the VMS space when it acquired Provade, Inc., which offers enterprise-class VMS (vendor management software) that enables clients to manage their contingent workforce spend. Pinnacle further broadened its managed service offerings in 2011-2012 by adding payrolling and IC compliance to its portfolio.

Pinnacle's evolution and astronomical growth is not only the result of Vaca's fearless approach to overcoming challenges the business has faced, but is due in equal measure to her intense focus on two core values – delivering impeccable service to clients and putting people at the heart of everything Pinnacle does. In Vaca's own words, "Our growth is rooted in our people. It is vital that they feel as empowered and impassioned as possible."

Because of her many successes with Pinnacle Group and the respect she has earned within the business community, Vaca has been elected to serve as a director of three publicly traded companies, and has won numerous awards both for the company and as an individual. She has been named one of the most influential Latinos in the United States for the past seven years, and has also been called one of the country's 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

In addition to her varied business pursuits, Vaca is a committed civic leader and philanthropist. She is a passionate advocate for women and entrepreneurs, especially within the Hispanic and minority communities. In 2014, the Obama Administration appointed Vaca as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Vaca is also Chairman Emeritus of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves as Chairman of the USHCC Foundation. For the superb work she has done in the community as well as in business, she has been awarded three honorary doctorates and is the youngest graduate in her alma mater's history to be honored as a distinguished alumna.

Notable Awards

Goldman Sachs, Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2013)

NBC 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)

Civic Leadership

Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship

Chairman Emeritus, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Chairman, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Founder, At the Table – Women in Business and Leadership

Founder, Startup America Partnership

Mentor, Peace Through Business

Corporate Directorships

Comerica Bank

Kohl's Corporation

Cinemark

Education

Harvard University, Corporate Governance Executive Program

Texas State University, Distinguished Alumna

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