Marie Diaz is a firm believer that “It takes a village to move a mountain”. She feels fortunate and humbled to have been recognized by such wonderful and prestigious businesses and organizations and is extremely grateful for everyone who has contributed towards her success.


  • 2016 Keynote Presenter, CEO Clubs International, “IF You Knew You Could Not Fail, What Would You Do?”, CEO Clubs International, Egypt Franchise Launch Gala, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2016 Dallas Business Journal. Largest Hispanic Businesses in Texas. Pursuit of Excellence is #15 on the list.


  • Keynote Presenter, Annual Gala, “IF You Knew You Could Not Fail, What Would You Do?”, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) Annual Conference and Business Expo, El Paso, Texas
  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, Pursuit of Excellence is back in the Inc. 5000 in 2015 for the fourth time in six years moving up to #1331 due to increased pace of growth. – More


  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies, Pursuit of Excellence is back in the Inc. 5000 in 2014 as a result of sustained growth and performance. – More
  • SMU Cox Dallas 100™ , Pursuit of Excellence, Inc. was added to the prestigious 2014 SMU Cox Dallas 100™ which was created to recognize the 100 fastest growing privately held companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – More
  • 2014 E Award, Excellence Awards are presented annually by the Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Diversity Council
  • Women of Distinction Award, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC)
  • Article: “Pursuit of Excellence: The Resource that Gives Customers Hope,” Minority Business News
  • Women of Color Achievement Award to 21 Outstanding Women Leading Successful Local Businesses and Non-profit Organizations, 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas and the Women Presidents’ Organization
  • Dorothy B. Brothers Executive Scholarship Award, Women Business Enterprise National Council
  • Club Leaders of the Future Award, Latino Leaders Magazine
  • Latina Leaders Award, Latina Style and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
  • 2013 Achievement Award, Women of ALPFA
  • Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies (Rank #34 in HR, #42 In Dallas, #3 in Top Women and #3 in Top Hispanic-Owned Companies) – More
  • Dallas Business Journal, Dallas 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies – More
  • INC. 500, #1 HR Firm & #3 Top Women Owned Business – More
  • Entrepreneur of the Year by
  • “North Texas Business Ethics Award” by the Dallas Business Journal
  • Recognized and written about in the March edition of Color Magazine – More
  • Youth Achievement Award by the Red Dress Society
  • “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for SMU Cox School of Business and the Dallas Top 100 SMU Cox #31
  • Honored on featured cover story on COLOR Magazine, which is the premier all-inclusive monthly magazine that highlights topics of interest revolving around New England and New York’s professionals of color
  • Selected as a 2009 Minority Business Leader Honoree by the Dallas Business Journal
  • Listed as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 500 largest U.S. Hispanic-owned Companies – More
  • Listed as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies
  • “Inclusiveness Champion of the Year – Corporate Individual” from Ernst & Young’s Celebration of Diversity event – More
  • “MBE Advocate of the Year” from the Dallas Minority Business Development Council at the E-Awards ceremony
  • Won the Advocacy Award from the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the “La Cima” Award
  • Awarded the “Best of the Best” DFW’s Top Entrepreneur award by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Listed in the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Top 50 Minority-Owned Businesses in the Dallas area
  • Recognized by DISD as developing the district’s Mentor Protégé Program, personally educating minority and women-owned businesses regarding best industry practices, recommending a training curriculum designed to grow minority and women-owned companies
  • Recognized and a story written in Latino Biz Magazine as one of the top fastest growing business leaders who give back to their community
  • Recognized in Latino Biz Magazine in a Special Report “Texas Op Ed” regarding Early Childhood Education for Hispanics
  • Recognized by the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber as one of DFW’s Top Entrepreneurs “Best of the Best”
  • Recognized by the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency as “Business of the Year”
  • Awarded the “Local Employment Growth Award” at the Momentum Awards by the Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Recognized by the U.S. Senator of Rhode Island Jack Reed, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Rhode Island, Elizabeth H. Roberts, the Office of the Secretary of State, A. Ralph Morris and the Member of Congress James R. Langer for the 2007 HACCRI Hispanic Business Vision and Leadership Award
  • Acknowledged by the Mayor of the City of Providence with the Citizen Citation in recognition of her exemplary devotion to economic and professional excellence and generous I and invaluable support for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Rhode Island and its programs for helping to grow and develop the Hispanic businesses of their City and State a record of achievement and dedication
  • The National AMA Award – An award given to the top 10 Latina Entrepreneur Business Owners in the nation with the fastest growing company in addition to giving back to her community
  • Recognized by U.S. Senator John Cornyn for her contributions to her growth in business as a women entrepreneur and community leader
  • “The Senate of the State of Texas” by Senator Royse West a Senate Proclamation No. 1163 Whereas recognizing, In addition to her work as CEO of her own company she generously donates her time to the community
  • Recognized by Congresswomen Eddie Bernice Johnson for her vision, mentorship and her continued leadership and commitment to helping others succeed