LEADING IN MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, AND EXECUTIVE SEARCH EXPERTISE IN GLOBAL MARKETS
Gottfried International, Inc., based in Houston and Washington, D.C., supports clients' interests in energy, agribusiness, biotechnology, health care, space technology, and real estate development in North America, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, where our founding partner began his career managing petroleum shipments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, and Yemen. Bill and Danielle Gottfried, our firm's Principals, have raised over $275 million to support their clients' interests in U.S. and global markets. Bill and Danielle formed energy and agribusiness joint ventures in the former Soviet Union, raising $125 million for these projects. They have supported the formation of newly established agricultural biotechnology, commercial space technology, and health care biotechnology companies. Bill and Danielle recruited the management team for the first biotechnology company in Houston. We formed the first agribusiness joint venture in Kazakhstan following the collapse of the USSR with support from Kazakhstan's Ministry of Agriculture and the EBRD in London. Bill and Danielle advise clients on real estate investments in Texas, Europe, and the Middle East.
Bill and Danielle 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 seen any technological advancement over the past 35+ years. We are focused on finding the cure for kidney disease and supporting improvements in patient care. We are working with leading Nephrology Teams in The Texas Medical Center in Houston and with leading medical centers in other areas of the U.S., in Europe, and in Asia. 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 markets 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 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. Bill 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. Prior to forming Gottfried International, Inc., Bill was a petroleum supply analyst with Mobil Oil Corporation, a Senior Associate with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.'s Energy Division, and a Principal with a leading executive search firm in Houston managing energy industry assignments.
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. 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, helping to raise $100 million for this company. He developed a commercial business plan for TRANSHAB, NASA's Program to develop inflatable human habitable modules and he managed one of the first executive search assigments for SpaceX.
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. He 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 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 and on the Board of The Center for International Business Education and Research at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.