The daughter of
entrepreneurs, Nina Vaca grew up believing that entrepreneurship and civic
leadership went hand-in-hand.
She likes to say
that she “had a front row seat to what it meant to be an entrepreneur,” working
in the family travel agency business by day and attending chamber and civic
events at night.
her award-winning IT services firm in 1996, Vaca has continued that legacy both
as an entrepreneur and a visible leader and advocate in the business community.
has called her one of its “Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs,” Ernst & Young
has inducted her into its prestigious Hall of Fame for entrepreneurs, and NBC
has called her an “Innovator.”
Vaca owns and operates 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. Pinnacle is also a partner in My Plates, which
is the sole provider of specialty license plates in the state of Texas,
contributing millions of dollars in revenues to the state each year.
sits on the corporate board of Comerica Bank, Kohl’s Coporation and was elected
to the board of Cinemark, Inc. Nov. 13, 2014.
is strongly committed to philanthropic efforts and is a passionate advocate of
issues impacting women and Hispanics in business. 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 May, Vaca embarked on a trade mission to Ghana, along
with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and 20 American business delegates. Vaca
with local African business leaders at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School
of Technology (MEST) and Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing
Economies (SEED), where she shared her story of both success and failure to
encourage others to become problem solvers with a perseverant attitude.
What excites Nina Vaca the most about PAGE is “the
opportunity to inspire other entrepreneurs to do exactly what I’ve had the
opportunity to do – start a business with a vision and a dream and have access
to all the right networks that can help you succeed.”