Hardships can either shape or break someone. The decision to turn a hardship into a valuable experience is all dependent on one’s mindset. For Anthony Petrello and his wife Cynthia, their daughter’s diagnosis with neurological disorder did not deter them from leading a normal life. In fact, the experience inspired them to support others with similar problems. Born at 24 weeks weighing one and a quarter pounds, the Petrello daughter changed her parent’s view on things that are times taken for granted.
Initially, Anthony has to overcome the difficulties of finding a treatment center that would provide quality care for his differently abled daughter. For Tony, the lack of a brain research facility for children frustrated him. Rather than drown in his frustrations, he decided to use the challenge as an opportunity to make advancements in the area. Even the research available on neurological diseases in children was not sufficient. Tony also realized the shortages in information on DNA arithmetic. Eventually, Tony Petrello found helpful resources at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Tony saw the potential the hospital had in exploring and tackling neurological conditions in children. In 2006, he committed $ 7 million to the Hospital’s Pediatric center project. Anthony hopes the center will help change the outcomes for many children as well as the quality of care.
Even in his life, Anthony Petrello understands the value of overcoming obstacles. The CEO of Nabors Industries did not have it all when growing up. As young boy residing in Newark, Tony chose to see beyond the problems. He honed his passions and abilities in math while attending a public school. After high school, Yale University offered him a full scholarship to study mathematics. Also, Serge Lang, a renowned mathematician would mentor him through the campus years. Tony earned a BS and MS in mathematics from the university. Afterwards, he pursued further education at the Harvard School of Law earning a J.D. Before Nabors Industries he practiced law at Baker & McKenzie and rose to become a managing partner.
At Nabors, Tony has steered the company to register success and growth over the years. Petrello’s expertise helped the company in managing financial and legal aspects including the company’s taxes as well as making strategic decisions about offshoring. During his tenure, the Nabors share price increased by 180%. Nabors Industries specializes in the oil and gas drilling and has operations in 25 countries.
Anthony Petrello also established an endowment in his alma mater to owner his professor. Though people may recognize him as one of the highest paid CEOs, Anthony Petrello’s journey to success is that of hope, perseverance, determination, and discipline.
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