WE SUPPORT ENERGY, AGRIBUSINESS, BIOTECHNOLOGY, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT.
We support our clients' interests with management consulting, executive search, and project development expertise in North America, Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. We organized management teams for several of the first oil and gas joint ventures in the former Soviet Union; we recruited management teams for several of the first agricultural biotechnology companies; and we recruited management teams for several of the first commercial space technology companies. We recruited the management team for the first biotechnology company in Houston. 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 U.S. and 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 U.S. Trade Missions that were sent to Russia and Central Asia to support U.S. investment cooperation 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 U.S. energy investment cooperation with Russia. We formed the first agribusiness joint venture in Kazakhstan following Kazakhstan's independence from the USSR,
Bill began his 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 have 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, attend OPEC Ministerial Meetings in Vienna, Austria at the invitation of the OPEC Secretariat.
Following military service, Bill was a Petroleum Supply Analyst with Mobil Oil Corporation and served as the Manager of the Crude Oil Allocation Program in the Federal Energy Office at The White House serving in three Presidential Administrations. After government service, Bill was a Senior Associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc.'s Energy Division in Washington, D.C. and Houston.
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 has attended Executive Ed. at the 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, and he is a member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. and the Club's General Fox Conner Society, a group of members focused on military history, 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 has 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.