BIOTECHNOLOGY, HEALTH CARE, AGRIBUSINESS, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, REAL ESTATE, AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.
Gottfried International, Inc. is an independent management consulting, executive search, and project development firm based in Houston, Texas and Washington, D.C. with Partners in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and China. We support investments in biotechnology, health care, agribusiness, space technology, real estate, and international energy development. We recruited the management team for the first biotechnology company in Houston, we were founding members of BIOHOUSTON and the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington, D.C., and we are currently working with leading research institutions in The Texas Medical Center in Houston to find the cure for cancer, including kidney cancer. Gottfried Capital supports investments in biotechnology, medical research, and health care.
We 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 organized one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station, a remote sensing and imaging platform for the energy industry. We have supported 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 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. Bill helped form oil and gas projects in Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. He 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. Our firm formed the first agribusiness joint venture in Kazakhstan during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Bill Gottfried began his professional 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 (200,000 b/d) 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 global energy 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 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, he is a member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. and the Club's Gen. Fox Conner Society, a small group of Club Members focused on military history, national security, global strategy, and leadership.
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 (544077) in The State of Texas.