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Nina Vaca

Nina Vaca is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Pinnacle Group, which includes several companies founded by Vaca, including its flagship, Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc., an award-winning information technology services provider to the Fortune 500 founded in 1996, and Provade, Inc., a global provider of vendor management software that Pinnacle acquired in 2011. 

Under Vaca’s leadership, Pinnacle has become one of the largest firms in its industry, with several thousand consultants across the United States and Canada and more than $650 million in annual revenues. Provade provides services in over 60 countries and manages more than $2 billion of transactions annually. Pinnacle is also an investor in My Plates (www.myplates.com), the sole provider of specialty license plates in the state of Texas, which leverages its proprietary software to contribute millions of dollars to the state general fund each year.

In addition to her corporate leadership, Vaca is strongly committed to philanthropic efforts and is a passionate advocate for issues impacting women and entrepreneurship. Through the USHCC Foundation, Vaca founded At the Table, an initiative supporting women entrepreneurs and business professionals, propelling them to higher levels of success and influence. Vaca was named Chairman of the USHCC Foundation in June 2014.

In April 2014, Vaca was selected by the White House as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, and traveled to Ghana with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to share her entrepreneurial story and to help develop the next generation of global entrepreneurs. She has represented the U.S. in numerous transatlantic leadership forums, including through the German Marshall Memorial Fellow program and as a member of the British-American Project.

Additionally, Vaca remains active with Peace Through Business, an international mentorship program operated by the Institute for the Economic Power of Women.

Vaca has appeared on CNBC Squawk Box, FOX News, CBS Evening News and in Fast Company Magazine as one of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in America. She has also been featured in numerous magazines both domestically and internationally, including Forbes, Kiplinger, Entrepreneur, Latino Leaders, Vanidades, Ali, HISPANIC and KERA CEO Review. 

Vaca’s story opens the Entrepreneur chapter of Understanding Business, a McGraw Hill textbook used for teaching entrepreneurship at universities today. She is also a recipient of the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Technology and Communications for the Southwest Region and has been elected to the E&Y Hall of Fame. 

She has been recognized in each of the past seven years as one of the 101 Most Influential Latinos in America by Latino Leaders Magazine. In 2013, she was named an NBC Innovator and one of Goldman Sachs’ “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” 

She serves on the corporate boards of Comerica Bank, Kohl’s Corporation and Cinemark, Inc. and is currently the Chairman Emeritus of the USHCC, an organization that represents more than 3.2 million Hispanic businesses in the country.