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FOUNDER, CEO PINNACLE PETROLEUM
WHY: CEO of Huntington Beach-based provider of competitively priced petroleum products and services. Firm has delivered refined fuels, lubricants and specialty fuels nationwide as a certified woman-owned business enterprise since 1995.
NOTABLE: Got start in industry in 1980s, after being asked by Koch Industries to interview as an oil trader. “I took the job, and it was not until I got there that I realized I was the only woman.”