Tony Petrello is a Houston-based businessman who leads one of the nation’s largest oil drilling contractor companies, Nabors Industries.
Petrello has been with the company since 1991 and was promoted to Chairman and CEO in 2011 after the renowned Eugene Iseberg passed away. Petrello has been working hard to keep the company ahead of competitors in patents for drilling rigs and equipment and in developing software and automated systems. Petrello is known to be worth over $27 million with his base pay coming in at $1.58 million, and then bonuses and stocks totaling $24.58 million and then other compensation coming in at $1.34 million.
Petrello is a graduate of Yale University where he studied advanced mathematics under the tutelage of Serge Lang, one of the world’s best mathematicians at the time. But after graduating from Yale he decided to get a J.D. instead of pursuing a math career, and after completing Harvard law school he was hired by Baker & McKenzie law firm in New York. He became a partner at this firm and practiced in the areas of corporate tax and business laws. After 13 years in law he left to join Nabors Industries.
Petrello’s primary goal right now is to fund cures for cerebral palsy and other brain disorders. That’s because his daughter Carena is a victim of this disease and Anthony and his wife Cynthia have spent a lot of time trying to find treatments for her. They did find friends in Jan and Dan Duncan who helped start the Dan and Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and have met with families who have gone through hardships with children affected by disorders. The Petrellos donated $7 million recently in to help the institute.
EOS Lip Balm, and its introduction to the public has been very quiet, but recently it has overtaken the all-time leader in the lip balm industry, Chapstick and Blistex. EOS or the Evolution of Smooth has come on the scene with over 14 flavors in a curious round ball applicator. This was a tremendous change to the cylindrical tubes of Chapstick that only offered the original, cherry, and mint.
EvolutionofSmooth.com launched seven years ago, and it slowly grew in the market debuting in Walgreens’, Walmart stores and Target. As the fledgling company slowly gained popularity, celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Kim Kardashian, and Miley Cyrus picked up the trend in Hollywood and millions began to take notice of the natural, organic lip balm in the ball-shaped containers. Organic products are in high demand, and EOS is now second to Burt’s Bees, which is also natural.
The future of EOS is bright. Marketers’ in the company project that sales will be near $2 billion by 2020 and today, the upstart company has become a leader in the lip balm industry.
The company today is valued at $250 million, and EOS outsold both Chapstick and Blistex. The colorful and tasty organic balm is fun and tantalizing to wear. As the user refreshes their lips, flavors like honeydew and grapefruit add a twist and a kiss of flavor, which Chapstick couldn’t compete with.
The little balls of EOS lip balm have become popular in the unisex and millennial generations. Mehra, the owner and founder, did not want EOS to be a fad or a gimmick, so the shape of the container changed several times before the “little round white balls” were decided on. Besides being organic, the variety of flavors is the next best-selling feature. Mehra specifically said that he wanted to be a desirable experience each time the user put it on.
Mike Baur is a Swiss-based entrepreneur and businessman. He is among the co-founders of the Swiss Startup Factory. Baur has over 20 years work experience working in the banking sector. In the 20 years working in the banking industry, Baur used to work for some of the prestigious firms which include UBS and Clariden Leu among others. Mike Baur got very solid experience from the companies he served and the skills he acquired helped him so much in forming and running his enterprise. Before founding his company, Mike invested heavily in startups. Mike founded the Swiss Factory in 2014 with his other business partners Max Meister and Oliver Walzer
During the START Summiteer Mike took part as one of the jury members. The START Summiteer is a start-up pitching contest that is hosted by the University of St Gallen. Mike Baur took the position of deputy managing director of CTI Invest when the company merged with Swiss Startup Factory. Baur also was in charge of the Swiss factory accelerator program with Goldbach Group in 2016 he also helped the company when it was going into partnership with Fintech Fusion. Mike Baur has been recognized as an excellent businessman, and Wall Street Journal profiled his business journey from the time he worked for Swiss banking sector to becoming a great entrepreneur.
Mike’s passion for the banking community began long ago in his teenage days in his home in Fribourg Switzerland. His parents expected that he would end up going into the banking career once he grew up and this did not come as a surprise to them when he finally joined the industry. Mike attended the University of Rochester and the University of Bern. For being excellent in service delivery, Mike raised ranks in and headed very senior departments.
Mike Baur’s company Swiss Factory is privately owned, and the aim he has together with his other partner is to give full support to the investors who are running their businesses on the digital platform. The firm is unique in its approach of activities, and this makes it very reliable to investors in Switzerland. Mike’s company runs a regular three-month accelerator program that supports technopreneurs. He has a great passion for the youth, and he finds time to give them mentorship in business. He believes they have a lot of potential in them, and if supported with financial aid and mentored well they can excel in business. He gives the youth entrepreneurship coaching, and he helps the young people to begin small businesses.