WE SUPPORT BIOTECHNOLOGY, HEALTH CARE, AGRIBUSINESS, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE, AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.
Gottfried International, Inc. is an independent management consulting and project development firm supporting our clients' interests in biotechnology, health care, agribusiness, space technology, real estate, and energy development. We helped establish the biotechnology industry in Houston by recruiting the senior executive team for the first biotechnology company in Houston. We were founding members of BIOHOUSTON and the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington, D.C. Gottfried Capital was formed to help accelerate investment in health care and biotechnology commercialization in The Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Our firm recruited the senior executive teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies, the senior executive teams for several of the first commercial space technology companies, and we formed one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station, a remote sensing and imaging platform for the energy industry. We have recruited senior management teams for energy joint ventures in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Caspian Basin, and the Middle East. Our real estate team advises clients on property investments in the U.S. and in international markets.
During the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bill Gottfried, our firm's Managing Partner, was selected by the U.S. Government to join the first Trade Missions sent to Russia and Central Asia to support U.S. investment in the former Soviet Republics. He recruited the management teams for oil and gas projects in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. Bill was a founding member of the U.S. Russia Business Council in Washington, D.C. and he formed the Council's Energy Committee to support energy investment cooperation with Russia. We formed the first agribusiness joint venture in Kazakhstan during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Bill began his career as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Middle East stationed in Awali, Bahrain; Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia; Shuaiba, Kuwait; and Abadan, Iran where he managed petroleum shipments for the U.S. Department of Defense. We have been members of the Abadan Society, petroleum industry professionals who worked in Abadan, Iran's oil center; and U.S. and international energy associations. Bill and his wife, Danielle Anne-Marie Gottfried, a partner with our firm, have attended OPEC Ministerial Meetings in Vienna, Austria at the invitation of the OPEC Secretariat.
Following military service, Bill Gottfried worked as a Petroleum Supply Analyst and Manager of the Crude Oil Allocation Program in the Federal Energy Office at The White House. Following government service, Bill was a Senior Associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc.'s Energy Division in Washington, D.C. and Houston supporting energy industry clients.
Bill earned a B.S. in Petroleum Marketing from The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma; a M.B.A. in International Business from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; he has attended Executive Ed. at the Harvard Business School; he was commissioned as a U.S. Naval Officer at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island; and he graduated from Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia. Bill has been listed in the Financial Times of London's "Who's Who in World Oil & Gas", he is an Eagle Scout, and he is a member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
Bill served as Chairman of the International Advisory Group for the Houston Association of Realtors, Chairman of the International Committee for the Texas Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors Presidential Liaison to the United Arab Emirates, he is a Founding Board Member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, Houston Chapter, and he served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Association of Realtors and the Texas Association of Realtors. Bill is a Licensed Broker in The State of Texas.