Women Who Lead-Meet Nina Vaca

By Cheryl Hall
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Nina Vaca founded “Pinnacle Group” in 2012. The company offers tech workforce solutions, mostly to large corporations. Pinnacle has more than quadrupled its revenue, blowing past the billion-dollar mark last year.

The Dallas Morning News

The first time you hear about Nina Vaca, you wonder why you’ve never heard of her before.

At 46, this married mother of four owns a billion-dollar-plus tech staffing company, competes in triathlons for charity and supports Dallas ISD STEM efforts while uplifting the aspirations of women and minorities.

“I’ve been blessed many times to be the first, the youngest or the only,” says Vaca, founder and CEO of Dallas-based Pinnacle Group and a director of three major public corporations. “I look around the boardroom, and I don’t see others who look like me. Changing that is a focal point in my life.

“I call it a three-legged stool: my family first, my business and my community.”

Vaca is well-known in some circles — she’s pictured on the current cover of Latino Leaders magazine, featuring the 101 most influential Hispanics in America.

But Nina Vaca is hardly a household name.

That’s changing.

In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Vaca as a presidential ambassador of global entrepreneurship. In this capacity, she has traveled to five continents, representing the White House and the Department of Commerce in an entrepreneurship crusade.

She’ll be in Jordan beginning Sunday for three jampacked days as the guest of the U.S. Embassy, spreading the gospel to government agencies, women’s groups and the next generation of entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

She’s living the lofty name of her company that she picked to inspire her in 1996, when she founded Pinnacle on the dining room floor of her Far North Dallas apartment with $300 and a Dell Computer.

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