Nina Vaca (1972-)

Company: Pinnacle Technical Resources
Started: 1996
Size: Over $200 million as of 2013

Nina Vaca was 25 years old in 1996, when she established Pinnacle Technical Resources in Dallas, TX. In a $20 billion industry, the company is an information technology service provider and staffing agency to Fortune 500 companies. Born in Ecuador, Vaca was two years old when she immigrated to the U.S. with her parents, who were both entrepreneurs. She regularly credits her parents’ entrepreneurial efforts during her childhood as her main inspiration. Despite the impressive size of her business, Vaca she still refers to Pinnacle as a family company since she works alongside her sister, brother, and husband. In 2011, Pinnacle acquired Provade, a vendor management software firm, which made the company “the largest woman-owned and Hispanic-owned vendor management software firm in the world.”

“Whatever your strengths, leverage them to the fullest toward reaching your goal. Hire everything else, and never be afraid to fail.”

References:

  • Suzanne Squyres, “Organic growth plus savvy acquisition equals winning formula for Pinnacle Technical Resources,” WE USA (Volume 3, 2012), 16; http://nawbo.org/content_6835.cfm.