The 2010 Inc. 5000: The Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs

Marie Diaz CEO Pursuit of Excellence
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Marie Diaz, CEO

Pursuit of Excellence
Dallas

No. 26
2009 Revenue: $10.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 7,054.4%

Diaz's father died when she was three years old, so she learned a lot about being a strong female from her single mother. After spending years at a Fortune 500 company, Diaz started her own business, a human resources services company, so she, too, could have a strong presence in her sons' lives. "I was traveling most of the month and never seeing my children," she says. "You have to keep in mind what your priorities are. Plan your life before your life plans you." At Pursuit of Excellence, Diaz still works around the clock, being a business owner affords her flexibility she never had before.