The international business community knows Tony Petrello as oil and gas juggernaut Nabors Industries’ president and CEO. For over a decade he has played a major role in helping the company increase its dominance in the global off-shore oil drilling industry. He has also garnered praise for his role in helping the company maintain the industry’s safest and largest drilling rigs. But Tony Petrello is also known in philanthropic circles as a caring committed individual that played a major role in launching Texas Children’s Hospital’s cutting-edge neurological research institute.
After Carena, Tony and Cynthia Petrello’s daughter, was born with cerebral palsy, the couple began working with Texas Children’s Hospital to build a neurological research institute. Petrello began by giving a $5 million donation to get the process started. He then donated another $2 million. But Tony Petrello still wasn’t satisfied. He has been deeply involved in raising the hundreds of millions of dollars it costs to complete the facility. Petrello’s generous donations of his time and resources will help Texas Children’s Hospital build a world-class facility.
The neurological center will be staffed by some of the leading doctors and surgeons from all over the world with the training, experience and equipment to treat children suffering with debilitating, life-threatening neurological disorders. Tony Petrello’s devotion to his community and suffering children worldwide has led him to become involved with the Texas Children’s Hospital board and commit himself to do whatever he can to help them build a facility where the best treatment for neurological disorders is available. The will have as its ultimate goal finding a cure for neurological disorders affecting children worldwide.
Tony and Cynthia Petrello regularly speak at conventions and personally with families whose children are afflicted with neurological disorders. The Petrellos are always open, honest and candid as they share their story and provide hope and inspiration to families facing this enormous challenge. Tony Petrello admitted raising a daughter with developmental disabilities is the most humbling experience he’s ever had. Still, he continues to volunteer to help people deal with the trials and tribulations neurological disorders can cause.
Through his charitable and philanthropic efforts Tony Petrello has proven he is much more than just a talented, experienced business executive. He’s a caring, thoughtful individual that is willing to give of himself to benefit others even as he deals with one of the most challenging issue in his life.