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Nina Vaca
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources

Under the leadership of Nina Vaca, Pinnacle has become the fifth fastest-growing firm in a $20 billion industry. The Dallas-based information and technology services provider to Fortune 500 companies now has more than 4,000 consultants across the United States and Canada and annual revenues in excess of $200 million.

One of five children born to Ecuadorian immigrants, and the first in her family to graduate from college, Ms. Vaca believed in her dreams of building a better life through entrepreneurship and civic leadership. Through her hard work and dedication, Pinnacle is now one of the most widely recognized and honored companies nationwide, garnering over 38 national and local awards over the past seven years, including consecutive top rankings from Inc. magazine's Top 500 Companies.

In 2005, Ms. Vaca appeared in Fast Company magazine as one of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in the country. She has been featured in numerous magazines, both domestically and internationally, including Vanidades, Ali, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger, Forbes, Fast Company, Hispanic, KERA, CEO Review, and Latino Leaders.

Ms. Vaca's story opens the Entrepreneur chapter of Understanding Business, a McGraw Hill textbook used for teaching entrepreneurship at universities today. She is a recipient of the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology and Communications for the Southwest Region. In 2010, she was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Latino Leaders magazine.

Ms. Vaca earned a B.A. in Speech Communications and Business Administration from Texas State University, where she was honored as the youngest Distinguished Alumna in university history. She holds a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from Northwood University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School – Corporate Governance Executive Program.

Ms. Vaca is a member of the Board of Directors of several corporations, including Comerica, Inc. and Kohl's. In addition, she is Chairman Emeritus of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and one of the founding board members of Startup America Partnership.