Brent Rondon is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and lecturer at the NASBITE International Annual Conferences where he regularly speaks about the benefits of the certification.
He also speaks frequently at the local universities throughout the Pittsburgh, PA region. He is also the Manager of the Global Business Program at the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC). There, he consults on various export topics including manufacturing, technology and service companies. In 2016, he delivered over 20 export–import training seminars reaching over 100 companies, which resulted in approximately $6 million on export sales.
Brent manages the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) from the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. The MDCP program created the IMPACT Project, with a goal to increase trade with the Pacific Alliance bloc of countries: Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile from 2014-2019. He is currently leading multiple trade missions and trade shows to these countries.
Previously, the State of Pennsylvania asked him to lead a Pennsylvania Trade Mission to Panama and Colombia in June 2013 taking a delegation of 11 companies. He also joins individual companies on trade shows and assisted a PA company exhibit at a trade show in Cartagena, Colombia. Previously, he worked in a U.S. Agency for International Development TIES project with Mexico encompassing trade missions, business training, and MBA exchange scholarships for six years (2006-2012). The industries selected were International Trade, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Green Buildings. He managed the CITRA – Center for International Regulatory Assistance, which provided information about CE Mark, from 2000 to 2017. He also managed the Center for Green Industries where they assisted exporters of green products from 2012-2017.
He is in the board of Global Pittsburgh and the Welcoming Pittsburgh’s initiative from the Mayor of Pittsburgh. He joined the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for International Studies on a trip to China to present on Latin America Infrastructure Developments.
Brent earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering in Lima, Peru and a Master’s Degree of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He is fluent in Spanish and intermediate Portuguese.
Brent is very committed to international business and is a great asset to the Latino entrepreneurs in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean and South American countries. He is extremely proud to be from Arequipa and Peru.