Houston has long been the city you can find big oil booms at in the US, and it’s also had many stories of philanthropy both giving and receiving such as 2005 when it reached out to hurricane Katrina victims, and then just this last year when it had its value in hurricane tragedy to deal with in Harvey. Part of what’s made the city strong has been the way people of various business industries have come to unite in assisting them in times of trouble.
Anthony Petrello, a longtime executive of a large oil and natural gas pipeline company has been among those who’ve helped the city. He opened an online fundraiser after the hurricane had passed and helped raise over $170,000 to help the victims and public officials mitigate the damage. To top it off, the employees of his company, Nabors Industries also were paid to help with cleaning up after the hurricane and some even brought hot meals to shelters that had been setup.
Tony Petrello has always been considered a man who can analyze business issues and find ways to solve problems others may not. He is a graduate of Yale University with both a bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics. He didn’t go into the field of math even though it was his strong suit because he decided he could do even better as a lawyer, so he completed law school and became licensed to practice in New York. Tony Petrello started as an associate and then became managing partner of Baker & McKenzie. His specialties were in financial deals and foreign accounts among other areas, and he litigated cases in big transactions for many large firms during his 13 years at Baker & McKenzie. The leadership he exhibited at the firm helped him gain a position as chief operating officer of Nabors, and 20 years after he became CEO.
Tony Petrello has a specific cause that he’s donated $7 million to which is a fund for children who struggle with cognitive development. His daughter Carena has been someone who has her own struggles in that area from the time she was born and when she had a case of periventricular leukomalacia. Tony and his wife Cynthia still did what they could to help their young girl through those difficult stages, but they’ve never lost sight of their dream of one day finding a cure for PVL and brain problems like it. They’ve worked with friends of theirs including Dan and Jan Duncan who started the Texas Children’s Hospital’s neurological research center, and they’ve served as trustees in the Texas medical community.