Tony Petrello may not be a household name for most families. He is CEO of Nabors Industries, and largely an unknown figure to most of America. Though he has never given moving speeches on TV or gone viral on the internet, Anthony Petrello represents what should be one of the most important qualities in America. He represents the unsung hero of our nation, those who are never acknowledged or thanked for doing more than their fair share to help preserve basic kindness and helping others.
Touted as the top paid CEO in the United States in 2012, Tony Petrello’s success at Nabors Industries, a leading gas drilling company and oil drilling company, naturally spurred envy and admiration. However, Petrello believes in the general sentiment that Wall Street succeeds in its greed while Main Street suffers. Tony Petrello is a brilliant manager and business strategist, but those who know him best know that he is humble and honest as well.
Anthony Petrello persued philanthropic endeavors before he was made CEO at Nabors Industries. However, after the premature birth of his daughter, he and his wife were compelled to make even more contributions. Tony and Cynthia Petrello are committed and have donated millions of dollars to the medical community.
The drive for research for Petrello’s is personal. Their daughter was born prematurely and weighted only 20 ounces at birth. She developed periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), which is relatively common in premature babies. PVL is developed because oxygen fails to reach the brain because of insufficient blood flow. Eventually the illness developed into cerebral palsy, affecting motor skills and development. Tony and Cynthia witnessed Carena practicing the chewing motion millions of times before her brain recognized the action.
Like most parents, the Petrello’s never expected anything to be wrong with their baby. When Carena was born prematurely, and developed complications that affect her health for the rest of her life, they got down on their knees and prayed for Divine intervention on their daughter’s behalf.
Carena humbles the Petrello’s because of her continual good attitude, despite the ongoing suffering due to her illness. The Petrello’s are also inspired by Carena’s kindness to everyone she meets. Carena has been under the care of the Texas Children’s Hospital, and Tony and Cynthia hope that treatment for her daughter and other children complications from premature birth, will soon be developed. That is the passion of Tony Petrello.