2014 Keynote Nina G. Vaca

Nina Vaca headshotNina G. Vaca
Founder, Chairman, & CEO
Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.

Nina Vaca founded Pinnacle in 1996 as an information technology services provider to the Fortune 500.  Today, Pin¬na¬cle has evolved into a true workforce management solutions provider that delivers staffing, payrolling/IC compliance, vendor management and vendor management systems (VMS) technology to recruit and man¬age con¬tin¬gent labor across multiple industry verticals.

Under Vaca’s leadership, Pinnacle has become one of the fastest growing firms in a $100+ billion dollar industry, with revenues approaching $250 million and over 4,000 personnel working throughout the US and Canada. Pinnacle is one of the most widely recognized and honored companies nationwide with over 50 national and local awards over the past decade, including seven consecutive years among the Top 10 fastest growing firms in its industry, two recognitions as National Supplier of the Year by the National Minority Business Development Council, and global recognition by AT&T as one of its top six suppliers worldwide. In 2011, Pinnacle acquired Provade, which delivers the only enterprise Vendor Management System (VMS) for global workforce spend management.  The acquisition made Pinnacle the world’s largest minority-owned VMS.

Vaca has appeared on CNBC Squawk Box, FOX News, CBS Evening News and has emerged 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. Her 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.

She is a graduate of Texas State University with a B.A. in Speech Communications and Business Administration where she was honored as the youngest Distinguished Alumna in university history.  Vaca holds Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa degrees from Northwood University and Mount Mary College; and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School – Corporate Governance Executive Program.  She has represented the U.S. internationally in numerous transatlantic leadership forums, including the German Marshall Memorial Fellow program and the British-American Project.

In 2011, Vaca joined the Startup America Partnership as a founding board member offering strategic guidance on bringing the private sector together to provide startups with the resources they need to start and scale their organizations. She is a Director with Comerica, Inc., a Director with Kohl’s Corporation, is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and has been recognized in each of the past three years as one of the 101 Most Influential Latinos in America by Latino Leaders magazine.

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