Sometimes people make snap judgments about the character of CEOs. These business leaders are influential people who always get their way. The assumption is most of these upper-class elites don’t give two seconds of thought to ordinary working class folks. They don’t understand real life problems.
The wealthy are the ones who get everything handed to them without doing anything to earn it. CEO’s have the freedom to enjoy amazing carefree lives where nothing ever goes wrong or becomes painful.
Meet Anthony Petrello, regarded as one of the most powerful men in the oil industry. Petrello currently serves as CEO and President of Nabors Industries, a famous company that provides a wide variety of services to the oil and gas sector.
Petrello joined Nabors in 1991 as COO and in time became President, CEO, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and the Chairman of the Board. Anthony says his success as CEO and President of Nabors Industries was more luck than talent but people who know him best state he earned everything he has by working hard.
Sometimes even with luck and hard work on your side life will still throw you a curve. Meet Carena Petrello, the daughter of Anthony and Cindy Petrello. The baby girl was born early and weighed in at just over a pound. Doctors diagnosed her with periventricular leukomalacia, or PVL, a disease common among premature infants.
PVL occurs when blood and oxygen don’t flow correctly to the brain causing neurological problems. Carena developed cerebral palsy. It is easy for families to fall apart in these situations; however, the Petrello’s did what all committed, loving people do, they got busy helping their daughter.
These parents of a child facing a life of significant challenges went a step further. They began learning all they could about the diseases like cerebral palsy, and helped others by donating several million dollars to the neurological research center at Texas Children’s Hospital where CEO Anthony “Tony” Petrello also serves on the Board of Trustees and Advocates for people with neurological issues.