Born of humble beginning with working-class parents, Tony Petrello grew up in a predominantly Italian, working-class neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. With honor, integrity, caring for others and a strong work ethic instilled in him at an early age, he knew the value of hard work and studied excessively in his schoolwork. This hard work resulted in strength in mathematics and logic.
With his mathematics prowess, Petrello continued his education at Yale University to pursue his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in math. During his university education, he decided to focus on the human sciences instead of mathematic and went to Harvard Law School to pursue a Juris Doctor degree.
Upon his graduation from Harvard Law School, Tony Petrello started his career at Nabors Industries and worked a variety of jobs. He became the CEO of the company in 1991 and 2011, became the Director of Stewart & Stevenson LLC in Houston Texas.
Even in his success, Tony Petrello never lost the virtues that he was taught early in his life, and by remembering his beginnings, he established the Yale Scholarship for deserving middle to low-income students. In the 1990’s Petrello and his wife, Cynthia, had a daughter who weighed only 20 ounces and had cerebral palsy with periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). Because of his daughter’s struggles, Tony and Cynthia wanted to help other parents of children with neurological conditions and donated 7 million dollars to the Texas Children’s Hospital. This hospital used the money to build a wing that is dedicated to pediatric neurological care. This wing, the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, provides innovative care to many families throughout the world.
In 2017, Houston, Texas and the surrounding area, was stricken by Hurricane Harvey. This hurricane destroyed many homes and businesses as well as flooding many streets. Committed to giving back to the community, Tony Petrello and his company, Nabors Industries, helped the residents of Houston with relief efforts. He matched his employees donations of $173,622 and served hot meals to local families from Nabors Industries on-site kitchen.
Adam Milstein is the co-founder of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. It is through this organization that he gives his donation for philanthropic and charitable causes to a variety of groups and associations to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship and the State of Israel, as well as the Jewish people.
His philanthropic activities comprise fundraising to subsist pro-Israel advocacies, the Jewish continuity, and the Jewish education.
Adam Milstein is from Haifa, Israel. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business and Economics from Technion Israeli Institute of Technology where he finished as a Cum Laude. He migrated with his wife to the U.S. in 1981, and in 1983 he completed his degree in Master of Business Administration from Los Angeles’s University of Southern California. After that, Adam Milstein commenced working as a sales agent in the commercial real estate industry.
In his recent article featured in the Jerusalem Post online, he talked about the rising percentage of antisemitism happening in the United States which had an alarming increase of 67% in 2017. Incidents of messages containing antiemetic missives have been highlighted in the social media as well as the media. Such events make it quite hard for Jews to be open about their being a Jew. And this was proven by the San Francisco Jewish Federation who was able to discover that twenty-one percent only of millennials are passionately devoted to Israel, while merely twenty-six percent of them have a mind that to be Jewish is significant.
Disturbed by the facts unearthed about antisemitism and about being Jewish – Adam Milstein encourages American Jews to unite and take proper action. Along this line, he urged the entire Jewish community to provide the necessary support that would inspire the younger generation to be courageous and fight antisemitism.
He wrote that he has great hope that such leaders will surface because these individuals are the ones he meets every day in his line of work as well as social activities. He further stated that if they understand what being a Jew is really about, then they will fight on their own accord to defend the future generation of the Jewish community.