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October 16, 2012: Ms. Nina G. Vaca-Humrichouse

Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle

Nina Vaca founded Pinnacle in 1996 as information technology services provider to the Fortune 500. Pinnacle provides IT-enabled solutions in the growing area of vendor management via a proprietary solution that captures all aspects of the client-vendor relationship. Pinnacle also provides IT Staff Augmentation Services, Professional Staffing and Payrolling services.

Under Nina's leadership, Pinnacle has become the fifth fastest frowing firm in a $20 billion dollar industry, and now has revenues of 200 million which includes 3,000 consultants across the United States and Canada. Pinnacle is one of the most widely recognized and honored companies nationwide, garnering over 38 national and local awards over the past 7 years including consecutive top rankings in the Inc. 500, and Staffing Industry Report.

In 2005, Nina appeared in Fast Company Magazine as one of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in the country.  She has been featured in numerous magazines both domestically and internationally to include Vanidades, Ali, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger, Forbes, Fast Company, HISPANIC, KERA CEO Review and Latino Leaders. Her story opens the Entrepreneur chapter of “Understanding Business”, a McGraw Hill textbook used for teaching entrepreneurship at universities today. Nina is a recipient of the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Technology and Communications for the Southwest Region. In 2010, Nina was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Latino Leaders Magazine.

As an international leader, Nina has represented the U.S. in numerous transatlantic leadership forums, including through the German Marshall Memorial Fellow program, as a member of the British-American Project.
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. She also holds a Doctor of Laws “Honoris Causa” from Northwood University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School – Corporate Governance Executive Program.
Nina is a Director with Comerica, Inc., Director with Kohl’s Corporation and Chairman of the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Nina is one of the founding board members of Startup America Partnership.