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Meet Our Staff

Mary T. McKinney, Ph.D., MA

Project Manager


Dr. McKinney is currently the Project Manager of the Duquesne University Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth. She is also an adjunct professor in the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration, assisting businesses in improving communications, marketing, sales, management and business planning, as well as overseeing two U.S. Department of Commerce Market Cooperator Development Cooperator Program grant. She has been a consultant and seminar leader for large and small companies. Dr. McKinney is active in the Pittsburgh area community, serving on several boards of nonprofit organizations, professional associations and organizations promoting entrepreneurship. Dr. McKinney is a past winner of the Small Business Administration's Woman in Business Advocate of the Year award on both the local and regional levels. She is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers. She can be reached via duqgreen@duq.edu.


Gonzalo Manchego, MBA

Business Consultant


Gonzalo is the Business and Sustainability Consulting Manager here at the Center for Green Industries, assisting clients with needs in business development, growth, start-up, marketing, and sustainability. In his career with Duquesne University business consulting centers, he has advised dozens of businesses and individuals with great success. He is an engineer by trade, having spent 15 years as a quality control chief for a large brewery where he led a number of cross functional interdepartmental projects striving for continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, and environmental compliance. Gonzalo earned his MBA, with Honors, from the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University and has been an expert small business consultant ever since.  Gonzalo can be reached via duqgreen@duq.edu.


Brent Rondon, MPA, CGBP

Business Consultant


Brent is an experienced staff business consultant and Global Business Manager for the Center for Green Industries, specializing in trade financing, exporting, and general business development consulting. He has a combined 10 years of experience in global business between the Pittsburgh region and the world, assisting Green Industries, Environmental, and Renewable Energy business to grow their international sales. He has assisted manufacturing and technology companies to break markets in Mexico, and South America through the awarded Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.  Brent can be reached via duqgreen@duq.edu.


Taylor Wantz 

Marketing Coordinator

Taylor is the Marketing Coordinator at the Center for Green Industries, managing all public relations, marketing campaigns, coordinating all training programming, and client intake. She works part-time for the Center. She can be reached via duqgreen@duq.edu.


Contact Us 

Taylor Wantz is the primary contact for the Center. Please contact her with any inquiries related to the Center.

412-396-5725    duqgreen@duq.edu

Twitter: @DuqGreenBiz

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