The American dream more than motivates us as a people, it gives us an identity and our system a purpose. If anyone’s story can be said to be an fruition of that dream it is Chief executive Officer Tony Petrello. Petrello. Born in a small town and having moderate means his story could have been so much different had his ability with mathematics not helped him stand out. Everyone around him took notice until eventually the right people saw his potential and he was offered scholarship to Yale University. The scholarship not only helped him attend school it also offered him an opportunity to be mentored by Serge Lang, a highly esteemed mathematician and professor at the school. Peterllo took up the offer and attended Yale University, earning first his bachelor’s degree and then Master’s. During that time, He and Lang became quick friends. However after some consideration, Petrello decided not to become a mathematician, but rather, a lawyer. He went on or earn his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
As a Lawyer his first position was with Baker & McKenzie, where he primarily focused on taxation and arbitration. While working there his dedication and analytical ability impressed his employers enough to become a managing partner of it’s New York division. His current employers were not alone in noticing Petrello’s value. During his time Nabors Industries, a client at the time, took notice and offered Petrello a position with their company. He started out as Nabor’s Chief Operating Officer quickly taking a position on the board of directors and the board’s executive committee and only a year later becoming the company’s president. During this time, he negotiated several key deals that made the already noteworthy company significant profits. Petrello was easily earning his keep in spades.
His focus however, isn’t solely on driving profits, Petrello has changed the lives of many through his philanthropic efforts. One event that brought his attention to the issue of newborns was when his daughter was born prematurely. Major health problems arose that would follow her the rest of her life. Petrello saw how difficult it was to treat children with neurological issues and so he set to work on helping. In total he donated 7 million dollars to the Texas Children’s Hospital and was offered a seat on it’s board of trustees. The money Petrello donated was able to build a specialized facility for children with neurological disorders. This facility helps people from all over the country.
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