The Kidney Research Institute of Texas was established by Bill and Danielle Gottfried to support kidney disease prevention, kidney research, and the acceleration of dialysis technology innovation. We are initiating a $20 million fundraising campaign in 2020, Bill and Danielle have personally invested over $100,000 to establish the Institute.
We developed one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station, a hyperspectral imaging and remote sensing platform for the energy industry with support from NASA and our U.S. and international partners. We developed $100 million in funding commitments for this project.
Gottfried International, Inc.'s partners, Bill and Danielle Gottfried, develop, and recruit executive teams for, their clients' interests in energy, agribusiness, biotechnology, health care, space technology, and real estate development in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, where Bill Gottfried began his career as a U.S. Naval Officer managing petroleum shipments in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Yemen. We provide clients with management consulting, project development, and executive search expertise to support their investment interests. Gottfried International, Inc. recruited executive teams for and raised investment capital for several of the first energy and agribusiness joint ventures formed in Russia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Both Bill and Danielle Gottfried's ancestors were born in the Russian Empire of the 1800's, present day Lithuania. Gottfried International, Inc. recruited the management team for the first biotechnology company in Houston, we recruited management teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies, and we recruited management teams for several of the first commercial space technology companies. Bill and Danielle Gottfried developed the international expansion plan for one of the largest real estate companies in the U.S. and have managed $2 billion in property listings in Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East.
Bill and Danielle Gottfried established The Kidney Research Institute of Texas and The Bill and Danielle Gottfried Foundation to support investments in kidney disease prevention, including nutrition, education, and life style management; kidney disease research; and improvements in patient care, including dialysis technology innovation. We work with Nephrology Teams in The Texas Medical Center in Houston, with research centers in other areas of the U.S., and with leading research teams in international areas that are working on the cure for kidney disease. We are currently forming our Research Advisory Board that will include leading Nephrologists and Kidney Research Specialists dedicated to finding the cure for kidney disease and improving patient care.
Our experience in global energy began when Bill Gottfried served as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Middle East managing 300,000 b/d of petroleum shipments destined for Southeast Asia for the Department of Defense. Later in his career, during the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bill was invited by the U.S. Department of Energy to join the first U.S. Government Trade Missions sent to Russia and Kazakhstan to support investment cooperation with the new independent Republics. Bill was a founding member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council in Washington, D.C., he recruited several of the Council's first Board Members, and he formed the Council's Energy Committee to support energy investment cooperation with Russia. Prior to forming Gottfried International, Inc., Bill was a Vice President with the leading energy industry executive search firm in Houston, a Senior Associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc.'s Energy Division, and an international petroleum supply analyst with Mobil Oil Corp.
We developed one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station, a remote sensing and imaging system for the energy industry, by forming Petroleum Satellite Corporation to bring hyperspectral imaging to the energy industry allowing energy companies to identify hydrocarbon basins from space and providing space based technology for global environmental monitoring. Bill Gottfried recruited the first CEO for SPACEHAB, one of the first commercial space technology companies, he conducted one of the first executive search assignments for SpaceX, and he conducted the executive search for the President of the world's largest launch vehicle company. His interest in space began in elementary school building model rockets.
Bill Gottfried received a B.S. in Petroleum Marketing from The University of Tulsa; a M.B.A. in International Business from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (thesis: The Economies of Eastern Europe Under the Soviet Bloc); he attended Executive Ed. at Harvard Business School; he was commissioned a U.S. Naval Officer at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island; and he graduated from Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia. He has been listed in the Financial Times of London's "Who's Who in World Oil & Gas"and he is an Eagle Scout. Bill served on the Board of the Houston Association of Realtors and the Texas Association of Realtors serving as Chairman of the International Committees of both Associations. He was the National Association of Realtors Presidential Liaison to the United Arab Emirates and he was a founding Board Member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America's Houston Chapter. Bill served on the Board of The Forum Club of Houston recruiting global political and business leaders to Houston's premier platform for distinguished speakers. He is a Knight of the Silver Circle Member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
Bill Gottfried, center, with Hazel Rollins, US Secretary of Energy, left, and Yuri Shafranik, Russia's Energy Minister, lower center, discussing US-Russia energy joint ventures following the collapse of the USSR.
Bill Gottfried, on the right, George Helland, US Deputy Secretary of Energy on the left, in Tyumen, Western Siberia, immediately following the end of the USSR, discussing oil and gas joint ventures with Russian Production Associations.
Bill Gottfried, on the left, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, organizing the first US-Kazakhstan agribusiness joint venture following the collapse of the USSR.