MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, AND JOINT VENTURE INVESTMENT EXPERTISE IN U.S. AND GLOBAL MARKETS.
Bill and Danielle Gottfried, founding Partners in Gottfried International, Inc., develop and organize clients' projects 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 managing petroleum shipments (300,000 b/d) in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Yemen. Bill and Danielle Gottfried have been leaders in a number of global business sectors and have raised over $250 million to support their client's interests. Bill and Danielle organized and recruited senior management teams for several of the first energy and agribusiness joint ventures formed in Russia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bill and Danielle recruited the management team for the first biotechnology company in Houston, they recruited management teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies, and they recruited management teams for several of the first commercial space technology companies. They developed the international expansion plan for one of the largest real estate companies in the U.S. and were the first husband and wife team to manage $2 billion in global property listings. In health care, Bill and Danielle established the first research institute in Houston focused exclusively on investments in kidney disease research.
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 dietary and life style management; kidney disease research; and improvements in patient care, including dialysis that has not had any technological innovation over the past 35 years. We work with leading Nephrology Teams in The Texas Medical Center in Houston and with leading medical centers in other areas of the U.S. Our goal is to harness leading edge medical research and the tools of biotechology to find the cure for kidney disease.
Our experience in global energy began when Bill Gottfried served as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Middle East managing petroleum shipments 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 a group of 35 oil and gas executives for 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 a 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 global energy industry; and we formed Petroleum Satellite Corporation bringing hyperspectral imaging to the energy industry, allowing oil and gas companies to identify hydrocarbon basins from space, as well as providing space based technology for global environmental monitoring. Bill Gottfried recruited the first CEO for SPACEHAB, Inc., 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. Bill's interest in space began in elementary school when he built model rockets, some of which actually flew.
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 served as 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 business and political leaders to Houston's premier platform for distinguished speakers.
Bill Gottfried, center, with Hazel Rollins, US Secretary of Energy, left, and Yuri Shafranik, Russia's Energy Minister, bottom center, planning US energy investment cooperation with Russia following collapse of the USSR
Bill Gottfried, right, George Helland, Deputy US Energy Secretary, left, in Tyumen Western Siberia after the collapse of the USSR planning US-Russia joint venture investments in Western Siberia
Bill Gottfried, on the left, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, setting up first US-Kazakhstan agribusiness joint venture following the collapse of the USSR