Pinnacle Group Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca entertained the audience as the Master of Ceremonies at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s C-Suite Christmas event on December 11. Vaca was joined onstage at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center by many Dallas business leaders and executives in support of the DSO’s education and community engagement programs.
Attendees were treated to a Christmas concert by the DSO with the business leaders all playing different roles, from percussionist to conductor to narrator. The program specifically benefited the DSO’s Southern Dallas Residency, which provides music education, instruments, performance opportunities, and mentorship to students and families throughout Southern Dallas at no cost.
“Supporting the community has always been one of Pinnacle’s guiding principles, so when the opportunity came up to support the DSO’s Southern Dallas Residency at this great event I didn’t think twice,” said Vaca. “I had an amazing time as the Master of Ceremonies and gained an even greater appreciation for the talent and skill of these amazing musicians.”
Vaca founded Dallas-based Pinnacle Group, a workforce solutions powerhouse, in 1996 and under her visionary leadership it was named fastest-growing women-owned business in the country by the Women Presidents’ Organization in both 2018 and 2015 and has been featured on the Inc 500/5000 list of fastest-growing private companies 13 times. The event brought business leaders like Vaca, who despite many not having any formal musical training made up for that with their passion and appreciation for the arts, just like in their businesses.
“The holidays are a time of giving and celebration,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ross Perot President & CEO. “At C-Suite Christmas we celebrated one of the most important partnerships of all – business and the arts. The arts in Dallas benefit from strong businesses and the corporate sector benefits from the cultural community and quality of life cultivated by the arts. We are grateful to our inaugural class of artists, and we thank our sponsors for their generous support.”
Other executives joining Vaca on stage were Lori Lee, CEO – AT&T Latin America & Global Marketing Officer, AT&T Inc.; Grant Moise Publisher and President, The Dallas Morning News; Nancy A. Nasher Owner and President, NorthPark Center; Marty Turco, President of the Dallas Stars Foundation and VP of Business, Dallas Stars Hockey Club; Geoffroy Van Raemdonck, Neiman Marcus Group, Chief Executive Officer; and Sanjiv Yajnik, President, Capital One Financial Services and Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors.