Tommy Tune is a Broadway star who was raised in Houston and trained at a famous dance academy in the city. He has had quite a decorated stage career on Broadway with several awards including the Tony’s for his role in “Will Rogers Follies,” “Nine” and “A Day In Hollywood / A Night In The Ukraine.” He was warmly received by a hometown audience on a return tour featuring a performance in Miller Outdoor Theater. But the best part of the evening was when he was invited to the home of renowned businessman Tony Petrello. Petrello has long admired Tune’s work and was eager to introduce him to his family. Petrello may tote a hard line as the leader of a big drilling company, but he has quite a generous personality outside the office.
Tony Petrello is the director of technology initiatives as CEO of Nabors Industries. Nabors Industries is publicly-traded and has contracts with some of the world’s top oil companies, and their drilling patents include horizontal wells, hybrid rigs and offshore modular rigs. They also have automated rigs like the M-800 and M-1000 series and they’ve developed drilling data software. Petrello has been with Nabors Industries for more than 25 years and had a career in law before joining them.
Tony Petrello went to school in a Newark, NJ inner city school and he was a top math student. He earned a scholarship to Yale University and completed a bachelor’s and master’s in advanced math while also serving as a teacher’s assistant to Dr. Serge Lange, a famous mathematician. After finishing at Yale, Petrello went to Harvard law school and got his JD. After passing the bar exam for New York, he joined Baker & McKenzie and represented clients for corporate law cases. He became managing partner of the firm his seventh year there, and his work for Nabors Industries landed him the job as chief operating officer.
Tony Petrello’s generosity has gone beyond welcoming Broadway stars to giving to other community assistance programs and hospitals including the Texas Children’s Hospital. He has a daughter named Carena who has had to live with cerebral palsy, and his love for her led to him getting involved with TCH. He has donated regularly to their neurological research center to the tune of $7 billion and is currently on their board of trustees.