Gottfried International, Inc. is an independent management consulting and real estate firm supporting clients' interests in energy, agriculture, health care, space technology, and real estate investment. Our firm has advised clients in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Caspian Basin, and the Middle East. We have recruited management teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies and we have recruited senior executives for commercial space technology companies in the U.S. and Europe. We developed one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station.
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. 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.
Our firm's 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. We recruited management teams and raised capital for joint ventures in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.
We recruited executives 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 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, Europe, and the Middle East.
Bill Gottfried received 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 completed Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia. Bill is an Eagle Scout and a Member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
Our firm helped develop SPACEHAB, Inc., one of the first commercial space companies, mid-deck modules for the Space Shuttle. We also developed one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station, a hyperspectral imaging system for the energy industry.