Bill Gottfried holds 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.; and he attends Executive Ed. Programs at Harvard Business School. Bill was Commissioned a U.S Naval Officer at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island; he graduated from the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School, Athens Georgia; and the U.S. Navy Petroleum Inspection School, San Diego, California. He is an Eagle Scout and he is listed in The Financial Times of London's "Who's Who In World Oil and Gas". Bill is a Knight of Silver Circle Member of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.
Bill began his career as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Arabian Gulf assigned to the Inspector of Naval Material, Petroleum Products, Middle East Area (INSMATPET) in Awali, Bahrain where he was responsible for petroleum shipments in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Yemen (300,000 B/D).
Following his Middle East service, Bill worked with Mobil Oil Corporation as a Senior Marketing Analyst; he subsequently joined the Federal Energy Office in Washington, D.C. where he managed refined product and crude oil allocation programs providing supplies to U.S. refining and marketing companies.
Following assignments with the Federal Energy Office and the Department of Energy, Bill worked with management consultants Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Houston on strategic planning assignments for energy industry clients.
During the 1980's, Bill was a Vice President with a Houston based management consulting and executive search firm active worldwide in the oil and gas, agribusiness, biotechnology, and commercial space technology industries. Bill formed Gottfried International, Inc. in 1986 and has developed the firm's management consulting, project development, and executive search expertise in energy, agribusiness, biotechnology, health care, space technology, and real estate development.
Bill was a member of the first U.S. Government Trade Missions sent to Moscow, Western Siberia (Tyumen), and the Republic of Kazakhstan during the collapse of the Soviet Union to develop investment cooperation with the new Independent Republics. Bill was a founding member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council in Washington, D.C. and he organized the Energy and the Agribusiness Committees of the U.S.-Russia Business Council.
Bill has been a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the American Petroleum Institute, the Houston Producers Forum, the Houston Energy Finance Group, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and Friends of Finance at The University of Tulsa. He and his wife, Danielle Anne-Marie, a Partner with our firm, attend OPEC Ministerial Meetings in Vienna at the invitation of the OPEC Secretariat.
Bill is a member of the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) (former Board Member), the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) (former Board Member), the National Association of Realtors, and the Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios A.C.(AMPI) in Mexico. Bill holds the Certified International Property Specialist Designation (CIPS).
Bill served as Chairman of TAR's International Committee, Chairman of HAR's International Advisory Group; the National Association of Realtors Presidential Liaison to the United Arab Emirates; and he is a founding Board Member of the Houston Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Associaton of America (AREAA).
Danielle Gottfried earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Gwynedd-Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, minor in Child Psychology, from Trenton State College, now The College of New Jersey, in Trenton, N.J., and she holds a Reading Certification from Lehigh University, located in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
Danielle was the Founder, Director, and Administrator of Caravaca Academy and Apple Core Coalition, both located in Houston, and both focused on enhancing elementary education and academic excellence in the school systems of the Houston Metropolitan Area. Caravaca Academy instilled academic excellence in the students the Academy was honored to teach. Danielle is of French-Spanish and North African Heritage, her family having longstanding roots in France, Spain, and North Africa.
Danielle has been a licensed REALTOR in the State of Texas and a real estate investor since 1980, having started her career with one of the leading real estate brokerage companies in Houston. In addition to her management consulting and client service activities with Gottfried International, Danielle is a Managing Director of Gottfried International Estates; she is responsible for managing marketing and sales transactions for luxury resort properties and high end residential real estate. Danielle holds the Certified International Property Specialist Designation (CIPS).
Danielle has worked successfully with international buyers, sellers, and investors by providing them with superior service, timely transactions, and creating value for their real estate investments. Danielle provides her clients with integrated marketing strategies specifically designed to achieve their goals and objectives.
Danielle is a member of the Houston Association of Realtors, the Texas Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing, and the Asociacion Mexicana De Profesionales Inmobiliarios A.C. (AMPI) in Mexico. Danielle holds the Transnational Referral Certification awarded by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations, she holds the Certified Negotiation Expert™ designation, and she is a Certified Home Marketing Specialist.
Danielle is active in numerous academic, civic, and educational initiatives in Houston.