Tony Petrello’s Habit Of mMaking Lemonade

When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade. This is such a common saying it’s almost a cliché. But how many people actually heed this advice? Many who hit a bump along the road actually stop at that point. If they make a turn, it’s usually a turn for the worse. Tony Petrello, one of the highest paid CEOs in the US hit such a bump at one time. And he made lemonade out of it.

Tony Petrello is the CEO of Nabors Industries. Nabors Industries is one of the giants in the oil and geothermal drilling sector of the economy. With a workforce of about 2,600 people, you would think that he is too busy to have time for his family and much less to stop and think about anyone else in the community. Despite being a high profile CEO, he is a family man and a common name in philanthropy according to He has devoted his time and resources to raise money for medical research being done towards finding a cure to neurological disorders in children. He has already given 5 million of the 7 million he pledged to the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, a research center dedicated to finding a cure to neurological disorders in children.

His inspiration in supporting this course is his daughter, Carena. Unlike most children, Carena learned how to chew food at seven. This is because she suffers from cerebral palsy, a disease known to delays child development and affects motor skills. Carena was born prematurely at 6 moths. Her premature birth resulted to periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) which prevented adequate blood from reaching the brain. As she grew older, the PVL transformed into cerebral Palsy which she now lives with. Her parents keep hopping that one of the medical researches being conducted will see the discovery of the cure needed for their daughter.

Apart from supporting the course Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute stand for, he is always ready to give when need arises. Instead of simply helping only his employees who were affected by hurricane Hervey, Mr Petrello gave all his workers paid leave and allowed them to go out and help where needed. He also had the company’s in house kitchen make three meals every day and had the food delivered to the families affected and those who were helping out. In addition to this, his employees contributed a total of 173,622 which Mr Petrello matched and contributed to towards the aid of the hurricane victims.

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