Gracious Giving – Anthony Petrello

Tony Petrello was a gifted youngster specifically in mathematics from a young age. He has excelled in this arena and has made an impressive name for himself. Starting off with his education Anthony Petrello went to Yale University to study mathematics. He graduated with a Bachelors and Masters degree. He then attended Harvard Law School where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree. With his math and numbers background coupled with his law degree, he joined the law firm, Baker & McKenzie. Here he worked on taxation, international arbitration and general corporate law. Tony Petrello worked for this law firm until 1991 and the last five years he served as the Managing Partner. In 1991 he was elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Board for Nabors. Anthony has held many positions throughout the company including currently, President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He provides the vision and strategic planning for Nabors guiding their forward progress to ensure success in the future. Anthony Petrello has done extremely well for himself as he earned $27,512,939 in total compensation in 2015.

An interesting story is the perspective of Anthony through college. Lloyd Grove wrote an article for the Associated Press outlining his relationship with Anthony as a freshman in college. They were roommates. Lloyd explained that he was an Italian-American extrovert on and was the life of a party. He was a math whiz and his professors knew it. Lloyd reached out to him and Anthony’s comment on his success was “luck.” A Very modest answer for somebody that has seen so much success over the years.

Anthony and his wife Cynthia have a daughter Carena who is now eight years old. She was born at 24 weeks and only 20 ounces and diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). This is a common neurological disease in babies that were born early. This is due to a lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain. As result, Carena has many developmental issues such as cerebral palsy, impaired motor skills among others. This impacts Anthony and Cynthia’s life every day as they work with her to gain simple skills. In the least few months, she has learned to chew after eight years. This took millions of tries to make it happen and a determination that knows no end. It is an incredbile milestone on Carena works hard to learn other skills as well such as talking and walking. They are committed to finding answers and give generously. They have given $5 million to the Texas Children’s Hospital through the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institue. They have committed a total of $7 million to this effort so near and dear to their hearts.

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A Brief Look at the Successes of Brad Reifler

Wasting no time putting his Bowdoin College education to work, not long after Brad Reifler earned his degree in economics he was hard at work establishing his first business, the Reifler Trading Company. For 18 years Mr. Reifler nurtured and grew his business. And then one day an offer was presented to him that was simply too good to pass us.

Brad’s trading talents were acquired along with his namesake company and before long he was the star trader at Refco, the business his grandfather founded. But the entrepreneur in Brad Reifler could not keep his feet glued to the floor long and the next thing you know, he was starting up Reifler Capital Management.

Next followed Pali Capital, a highly successful global financial services firm which he co-founded and served as the CEO and Chairman. But his appetite for financial adventure was still not satisfied and before long Brad Reifler was busy serving as the Chief Executive of Forefront Capital, the next business venture he founded.

Though he was born and raised on the west coast, Reifler calls New York his home and resides at his 145-acre Dutchness County estate he has named Sky Blue Farm. His little playground includes a private tennis court, 18 horse stable and an indoor riding ring. And the neighborhood is upscale as the estate with the likes of James Earl Jones and Liam Neeson residing nearby.

A serial entrepreneur by definition, Brad Reifler has built a pretty impressive resume of businesses he has founded in the financial services industry.