Meet Industry Revolutionist Nina Vaca: A Voice for Women
A well-known triathlete, philanthropist and established businesswoman, Nina Vaca shares her inspiring journey. She hails from a family of Ecuadorian immigrants who aspired to pursue the American dream. Vaca’s ambition was to become a civic leader, philanthropist, and businesswoman.
Vaca inherited the Los Angeles-based family business at the age of 17. She dedicated several years to preserving the family vision. Upon completing her college education, she secured her first official job as an IT professional in New York. After moving to Dallas, Texas, Vaca started her own business, Pinnacle Group, at the age of 25.
An emergency liquidation plan, a shareholder surrendering shares and the economic aftermath of the devastating September 11 tragedy threatened to up-end the company she worked hard to build. Vaca eventually bought her partner’s shares, which made her the sole owner with 100 percent controlling rights. She navigated the company through the trying times, turning it into a workplace solutions juggernaut. With Pinnacle growing, Vaca diversified the company’s product offerings through the acquisition of a Silicon Valley software development startup.
Vaca supports various charitable initiatives through her company. Her contributions to community STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs in aid of Latina girls and women continue to transform lives. Pinnacle was among the first sponsor companies to partner with Dallas’ P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College Education High School) program.
Vaca has earned numerous awards for industry excellence, including the 2018 “Woman of the Year” award, dedicated by Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston. Vaca mentors the IEEW (Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women) program called Peace Through Business. Her academic achievements are equally impressive, with recognitions from Berkeley College, Mount Mary University, and Northwood. She’s also a distinguished Texas State University alumna and Havard-certified CGE (Corporate Governance Executive).