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Brent Rondon

Manager, International Business
Duquesne University Small Business Development Center

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  • Name: Brent Rondon
  • Where I'm From: Fargo, N.D./Arrequipa, Peru
  • Where I Live: South Fayette
  • Education:
    La Molina National Agriculture University, B.S. in agricultural engineering, Lima, Peru; University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Master’s in public policy, international affairs concentration.
  • Company:
    Duquesne University Small Business Development Center



  
“There is a well-established community of Latin Americans here, including Brazilians, who offer a beautiful network to enrich your life and your children’s lives.”

Brent has been traveling the Americas for most of his life. His parents came to the U.S. from Peru when his father, a university professor, was awarded a Rockefeller scholarship to the North Dakota State University in Fargo. Brent and his twin brother were born in Fargo, but the family moved back home when he was just three years old.

He grew up in Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and completed his undergraduate studies in Lima. Then, like his dad, he came back to the U.S. to pursue an advanced degree. Today, Brent is the International Business Manager at Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center. He manages the Global Business and Pittsburgh Immigrant Entrepreneurs programs which take him on frequent travels to South and Central America and now China. He assists Pittsburgh-area small businesses in assessing market opportunities and developing overseas customers by connecting them to the 20+ countries where Pennsylvania has business offices. He also helps entrepreneurs from other countries expand their entrepreneurial ventures and open offices in this region. Brent says many of them love Pittsburgh and reflect that "Pittsburgh is small city, friendly and very inexpensive and has the right resources for school, health and recreation."

Brent's wife, Viviane, is originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil and works at Covestro as an International Import Specialist. Their two children - Andre (10) and Camila (8) - happily attends school in the South Fayette School District, which impressed Brent and his wife due to its academic excellence and proximity to Viviane’s work. They are even more taken with the range of cultural and entertainment activities in region.

“The quality of life in the Pittsburgh region is high with many world-class museums and universities, safe and clean neighborhoods, and the proximity to major U.S. cities and beaches.” They also make full use of the many cultural and educational opportunities, including the Circulo Juvenil deCultural Spanish classes for children at Carnegie Mellon University, Portuguese language children activities offered by the Brazilian Cultural Organization for Educational and Social Actions at the Latino Family Center; the Latin AmericanCultural Union’s family programs, the Children’s Museum, The Pittsburgh Zoo,the Carnegie Science Center and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the abundance of playgrounds and parks throughout the region. The couple also enjoys salsa dancing at such downtown clubs as Cabaret at Theater Square, Las Velas in Market Square and Mexico City Sports Bar on WoodStreet. Other favorite places are swimming classes at the South Fayette school, Tae-KwonDo classes in Bridgeville, the Thomas Ballet Dance school in Bridgeville, the Circulo Juvenil program at Carnegie Mellon University, the COESA-Brazilian center at the Latino Center in South Side, the social activities of the Latin American Cultural Union and AJ’s Inca Peruvian Restaurant downtown.

Personally and professionally, he believes in the Pittsburgh region as a place to live and work, particularly for Latinos. “There is a well-established community of Latin Americans here, including Brazilians, who offer a beautiful network to enrich your life and your children’s lives.”



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