WE ARE A LEADING INDEPENDENT MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, AND EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRM SUPPORTING CLIENTS IN GLOBAL MARKETS.
Gottfried International, Inc. supports clients' interests in energy, agribusiness, biotechnology, health care, commercial space technology, and real estate development in North America, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Bill and Danielle Gottfried, our firm's founders, have helped our clients raise over $275 million in funding to support their interests in U.S. and global markets. Bill and Danielle have been leaders in forming new companies in the former Soviet Union, forming new biotechnology companies, and forming new commercial space technology companies. We recruited the management teams for several of the first oil and gas joint ventures Russia, Central Asia, and the Caspian Basin during the collapse of the USSR, the management teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies, the management teams for several of the first commercial space technology companies, the management team for the first biotechnology company in Houston, and the management team for the first agribusiness joint venture formed in Kazakhstan during the collapse of the USSR. We support real estate investments in U.S. and global markets.
Bill and Danielle established The Kidney Research Institute of Texas and The Bill and Danielle Gottfried Foundation in Houston 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 technology that has not advanced over the past 35 years. We are committed to finding the cure for kidney disease and supporting improvements in patient care. We are working with the leading Nephrology Teams in The Texas Medical Center in Houston and with leading medical centers in other areas of the U.S. This is the first of its kind of Institute in Houston focused on kidney disease prevention and cures for kidney disease.
Our experience in global energy commenced when Bill Gottfried began his career as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Middle East managing petroleum shipments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, and Yemen 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 select group of 35 oil and gas executives for the first U.S. Government Trade Missions sent to Russia and Central Asia to support investment cooperation with the Newly Independent Republics. He helped form joint ventures in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan and he raised $150 million for these projects. Bill was a founding member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council in Washington, D.C. and he formed the Council's Energy Committee. The Gottfried Family has been active in energy investment in Mexico since 1910, at the time of the Mexican Revolution. Bill and Danielle Gottfried have attended OPEC Ministerial Meetings in Vienna at the invitation of the OPEC Secretariat. Prior to forming Gottfried International, Inc., Bill was a petroleum supply analyst for Mobil Oil Corporation and a Senior Associate with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc., supporting energy clients.
We developed one of the first commercial payloads for the International Space Station, a remote sensing and imaging system for the energy industry, raising $75 million for this project. In addition, Bill formed Petroleum Satellite Corporation, bringing hyperspectral imaging to the international energy industry. He worked on the formation of SPACEHAB, Inc., one of the first commercial space technology companies raising $100 million for this company, and he worked on a commercial business plan for TRANSHAB, NASA's Program to develop inflatable human habitable modules for Mars transit. Bill served on the Board of Directors of The Houston Space Foundation and has been a member of The Space Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C.
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.; he attended Executive Ed. at Harvard Business School; he was commissioned a U.S. Naval Officer at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island; and he graduated from Navy Supply Corps School in 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, and he is a Knight of the Silver Circle Member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Bill served on the Board of Directors 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.