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Dallas / Fort Worth LATINA Style Business Series
Thursday, June 16, 2011 – 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: Dallas Marriott City Center Hotel | 650 North Pearl St Dallas | TX 75201

Honorary Event Chairs

Event Chair
Nina G. Vaca
Chief Executive Officer
Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.


Nina Vaca founded Pinnacle in 1996 as an 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 Pay rolling services.

Under Vaca’s leadership, Pinnacle has become the fifth fastest growing 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 Vaca appeared in Fast Company Magazine as one of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in the country.  Ms. Vaca 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. She is a recipient of the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Technology and Communications for the Southwest Region. In 2010 Vaca was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Latino Leaders Magazine.

As an international leader Ms. Vaca 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.  Dr. Vaca also holds a Doctor of Laws “Honoris Causa” from Northwood University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School – Corporate Governance Executive Program. 

Ms. Vaca is a Director with Comerica, Inc. ™, Director with Kohl’s Corporation ™ and the incoming Chairman of the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.    


Event Co-Chair
Rosa Navejar

Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Navejar started her banking career in 1976 at First of Fort Worth, (which is now Bank of America). She worked in the banking industry for 25 years and this experience gave her a vast knowledge of operations, retail, consumer and commercial lending to investments. Ms. Navejar’s first management position was as a teller supervisor 1991. Ms. Navejar had to work hard to win over the trust and loyalty of her employees, as she had never worked as a teller. In banking, one of the biggest assets is being bilingual, a skill that she posses which helped further her career. Ms. Navejar is proud to state that one of her primary goals is to help the people that work with her achieve success in their own careers. Five out of the nine tellers she first managed are now in management positions.

In 2001, Ms. Navejar left banking to become the first Hispanic female to lead the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Since then the chamber has worked to develop programs with the purpose of educating ‘Start-up to Existing business’. The FWHCC holds four eight-week sessions and in the last 4 years has helped with over 4,500 individuals. The FWHCC uses it’s members to educate and promote awareness in business plans, access to capital, certification, permits and zoning, marketing, financials and contracts. These courses are given in both English and Spanish.

Also, in 2001, the FWHCC created a Hispanic Leadership Development Course and has now graduated 6 classes. With the growth of the Hispanic population dictates the development of new leadership. We are failing our own community if we ourselves are not willing to help grow the next level of leadership. Through this course we are now placing individuals on boards, commissions and non-profits through out the city and county.

Since 2001 the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has grown in membership from 350 to 936 members. Developing new programs annually is the key to retention and growth. Ms. Navejar has developed partnerships to ensure quality and timely programs are implemented. Programs that have been created are the Latino Unidos Breakfasts, Hispanic Business Breakfast, Procurement Sessions, New Member Orientation.

This year in 2008, the FWHCC coordinating a coalition to secure the annual Hispanic Wellness Fair that sees 15,000 individuals in a five-hour time frame. We were in jeopardy of loosing this annual event but now by creating the Hispanic Wellness Coalition this event will continue on a annual basis. This coalition is in partnership with Baylor All Saints, Harris Methodist Hospital, JPS Hospital, City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, United Center and Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Roustabout 101 Training program has been created to train future workforce. Founding partners are  Devon Energy, Ritchie Oil, David Rogers Construction, Tarrant County College and FWHCC. Individuals will be trained to work in the gas industry and certified with a PEC certificate.


Event Co-Chair
Marie Quintana

Senior Vice President
PepsiCo Multicultural Sales.

Marie Quintana is Senior Vice President of PepsiCo Multicultural Sales, leading the sales activation of PepsiCo’s ethnic programs.

In this role, Marie drives the customer strategy for PepsiCo’s Multicultural markets, taking an integrated approach to align brands, retail activation programs and community initiatives. She also develops strategies to enhance consumer loyalty and strengthen community partnerships with PepsiCo’s strategic customers. Marie’s focus is a company-wide integration by working closely with Multicultural and sales capability teams and operates a Center of Excellence to drive best practices. Marie partners with PepsiCo’s Chief Diversity Officer and the Employee Resource Groups to drive diversity and inclusion throughout the company.

Marie began her career at PepsiCo in 1998. She has held other executive positions, including VP of Technology and VP of IT Capability.

Previously, Marie served in leadership sales roles with major corporations including IBM and Perot Systems. She also established an independent consulting firm providing consultancy services with industry leading companies.

Among her many affiliations, Marie serves on the board of the Network of Executive Women for Consumer Products and Retail, she Chairs the Corporate Advisory Board for Latina Style and is on the board of PLAN of North Texas. She has been named one of the Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, and is featured in the book The New Woman Rules. She holds a B.A. from Louisiana State University and Master’s degree from Tulane University.

Commitment to family and community are as important to Marie as her work. She is a native of Cuba and is fluent in Spanish. Marie currently resides in Dallas with her three children.

Dallas Business Series Leadership Committee:  
Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira, Attorney at Law, CPC; Gina Puente, Puente Enterprises, Inc.; Linda Valdez Thompson, DFW airport; Lupita Colmenero, Publisher El Hispano News; Martha Rocha, Children’s Medical Center; Sandy Salinas, Merrill Lynch; Teresa Guerra Snelson, Associate Judge Dallas Civil District Court; and Theresa A. Flores, Mary Kay, Inc.
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