Putting His Passion For His Community To Work: Anthony Petrello

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Company, Philanthropy | Posted on 13-02-2018

Anthony Petrello, CEO, and president of Nabors Industries always had a passion for giving back to his community. His company’s tireless work on behalf of the citizens of Houston, Texas during and after Hurricane Harvey this past summer is just one example of Petrello’s passion for the community. His employees participation in the recovery and cleanup helped community get back on its feet. Petrello joined Nabors Industries in 1991 when the company was still reeling in bankruptcy and was just starting to reinvent itself. Petrello’s tireless efforts towards employees created a new atmosphere that encouraged openness and caring.

His dedication to Nabors Industries has shown itself in various ways. He helped the company by first helping to bring them out of bankruptcy. It was his experiences with Baker & McKenzie that revealed what he needed to do for the company. Petrello worked tirelessly to reinvent the company’s image through the 1990s. His efforts to clear the company’s name and reputation paid off by 2001. Nabors Industries grew by leaps and bounds with acquisitions that enhanced the company.

It’s not just philanthropy that drives Petrello. He and his wife Cynthia have contributed generously to the Texas Children’s Hospital and other organizations that treat childhood neurological disorders. It is also a willingness to help others in more practical ways. The company’s on-site kitchen prepared thousands of meals for local families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Education is another avenue which Petrello provides needed support. He recently supported an endowment fund in memory of his mentor Professor Serge Lang of Yale University. Professor Lang had a very positive influence on Petrello. It was his passion to be socially responsible that led him to pursue his career in law. Children of Nabors Industries do benefit from Petrello’s generosity through scholarships that total three million dollars.

His work with the Texas Children’s Hospital helped spearhead the world’s first neurological research center of children’s diseases. The Texas Children’s Hospital board voted him in as a board member after one of Petrello’s fundraising efforts bore fruit. He now provides advocacy services for research and clinical trials. Many other charitable organizations within the Houston area look forward to working with Petrello. His company does sponsor various events throughout the year. Petrello does bring a bit of “pizzazz” to company and community events. He encourages his employees to be more active in their community.

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