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Maria Rios

Nation Waste, Inc

President and CEO

Maria Rios is the President and CEO of Nation Waste, Inc. (NWI), the first female Hispanic-owned waste removal company in the United States and one of Houston’s largest minority-owned companies.  NWI is a fully-certified, commercial waste disposal company specializing in construction, demolition, commercial/industrial non-hazardous waste removal, portable toilets and recycling services. 

 In 2015 the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) announced Rios as one of the top 27 women entrepreneurs in the world.  Fortune named Rios as one of the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in the U.S.  Goldman Sachs honored Rios as one of its 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.  In 2015 Rios and NWI were featured on CNBC’s Blue Collar Millionaires, a docu-series profiling big personalities who have gained wealth “by getting their hands dirty…and rolling up their sleeves…with a can-do mindset.”  CNBC marketed the Rios episode as “The $30M empire built on trash.”

Other honors bestowed on Rios include the Gold Medal Business Woman of the Year Award from the President of the United States Business Advisory Committee; Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the White House National Congressional Committee; Female Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the Gold Star Award by the Better Business Bureau, the State of Texas Small Business Award for “Best Practices: Business Skills” and “Model for Business Skills Use” from the Office of the Governor and the Texas Workforce Commission. The Houston Business Journal featured Rios in the article "Latino Businesses Pump Billions into Houston."

 Maria Rios is living the American dream, as she began her U.S. journey emigrating from El Salvador as a child. Her family came to the U.S. to pursue education and a better life. Through reliance on faith, a relentless work ethic and determination, Rios graduated with her BA from the University of Houston.

Sessions: Hispanic Women Leaders: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow and Latina Entrepreneurship: Multi-Generational Viewpoints That Will Inspire