Gottfried International, Inc. provides management consulting, project development, and real estate expertise to support energy, agriculture, health care, space technology, and real estate investment in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East, where Bill Gottfried, our firm's founding partner, began his career as a U.S. Naval Officer stationed in Awali, Bahrain serving as Command Executive Officer. We have helped our clients raise over $245 million to support their interests in U.S. and international markets.
Bill and Danielle Gottfried established The Kidney Research Institute of Texas to help end the global pandemic of kidney disease; one-third of the world's population is at risk for kidney disease (National Kidney Foundation). We support investment in kidney disease prevention, research, and technology innovation to improve the lives of kidney patients. This Institute was established in memory of family members who have died from kidney disease, including Bill's Father, Henry William Gottfried, Jr., CDR, U.S. Navy.
We established The Houston Kidney Forum as a platform for distinguished kidney health investors to present their investment strategy to The Texas Medical Center in Houston. We are currently recruiting a Board of Directors for The Houston Kidney Forum.
Our energy experience began when Bill Gottfried served as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Middle East managing petroleum shipments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, and Yemen. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bill joined the first U.S Department of Energy Trade Missions sent to Russia and Central Asia where he recruited management teams and raised capital for joint ventures in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.
We recruited management teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies and we organized the first U.S.-Kazakhstan agriculture joint venture following the collapse of the Soviet Union with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.
Our firm developed the first hyperspectral imaging system for the energy industry. This system was also designed as one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station. We have recruited senior executives for commercial space technology companies in the U.S. and Europe, including CEO's for two of the first commercial space companies in the U.S.
Bill and Danielle Gottfried advise clients on real estate investments in Texas, including Houston, and in Mexico, France, Monaco, Bahrain, and Dubai. We have managed $2 billion in global property listings, including $1 billion in Mexico.
Bill Gottfried 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., and he has attended Executive Ed. at Harvard Business School. Bill was Commissioned a U.S. Naval Officer at Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. and he graduated from Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia. He is an Eagle Scout and a Member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Bill was one of the first members of the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington, D.C. and he was a founding member of BioHouston.
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