Nina Vaca

CEO & CHAIRMAN | PINNACLE GROUP
Nina Vaca is Pinnacle Group’s Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. Her dynamic leadership over the past 21 years has propelled the company from a niche IT services firm to the workforce solutions powerhouse it is today, providing industry-leading workforce solutions and high-end IT services to iconic global brands.
 
 
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Nina Vaca is Pinnacle Group’s Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. Her dynamic leadership over the past 21 years has propelled the company from a niche IT services firm to the workforce solutions powerhouse it is today, providing industry-leading workforce solutions and high-end IT services to iconic global brands.

Pinnacle Group’s evolution and astronomical growth is the result of Nina’s fearless approach to overcoming challenges and her intense focus on two core values: delivering impeccable service to clients and putting people at the heart of everything Pinnacle Group does. Pinnacle Group has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies for more than a decade and is consistently named among the nation’s fastest-growing women-owned companies by the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Nina is a committed civic leader and philanthropist. She advocates passionately for women and entrepreneurs and works to advance girls and women in STEM fields. In 2014, the White House appointed Nina as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). As a PAGE Ambassador, Nina has traveled across five continents, sharing her story and empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders. She also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she champions the over 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses in America. As Chairman of the USHCC Foundation, Nina founded the At the Table initiative to connect women with the valuable resources and recognition needed to reach the next level of success.

Nina has been featured in numerous publications and is a sought-after speaker and thought leader worldwide. She has won numerous awards both for Pinnacle Group and as an individual. Nina has also been named one of the most influential Latinos in the United States for the past ten years and has been called one of the country’s 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

Nina holds three honorary doctorates from notable universities and is the youngest graduate in her alma mater‘s history to be honored as a distinguished alumna. She has been invited to speak at institutions such as the Milken Institute, Harvard University, and Stanford University, where she has also been added to the business curriculum. Two years ago Nina joined the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. A global leader, Nina is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and part of the British-American Project.

An avid and committed athlete, Nina has participated in numerous iconic races including the Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Hawaii, the 120 mile Rocky Mountain Triple Bypass, the New York Marathon, and the Longhorn Austin Half Ironman. She completed the famous Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, and in the process raised $100,000 to help entrepreneurs. Most recently, she completed the Ironman 70.3 in Manta, Ecuador to raise more than $100,000 for people left homeless after the devastating 2017 earthquake along coastal Ecuador. Nina is a mother of four and resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and children.

Notable Awards


ALPFA, 50 Most Powerful Latinas (2017, 2018)

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)

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