GOTTFRIED INTERNATIONAL, INC. IS A LEADING INDEPENDENT MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND REAL ESTATE COMPANY.
Over the past thirty-five years, we have recruited senior executives for energy, agribusiness, biotechnology, and space technology companies in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Caspian Basin Region, and the Middle East. We recruited the management teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies and several of the first commercial space technology companies. We developed one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station, a remote sensing and imaging platform for the energy industry. Our real estate team advises clients on investments in the U.S. and in global markets.
During the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bill Gottfried, our firm's founder, 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 organized 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. We formed the first agribusiness joint venture in Kazakhstan during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Bill 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 was a Petroleum Supply Analyst and Manager of the Crude Oil Allocation Program in the Federal Energy Office at The White House. After government service, Bill was a Senior Associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc.'s Energy Division in Washington, D.C. and Houston where he supported international 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 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. 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 Fox Conner Society, a select group of Club Members focused on military history, national security, 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 in The State of Texas.