Business Leader

Anthony G. Petrello is a highly successful attorney and corporate executive. At the moment, he is the Board Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Nabors Industries Ltd. The company is involved in oil and gas exploration in the Middle and Far East, North America, and Africa. Mr. Petrello joined the company’s board of directors and executive committee in 1991. His presence on the board has coincided with unsurmountable success, which has enabled Nabors to dominate the oil and energy sector.

Petrello’s Pre-Nabors Career and Board Memberships

Antony had already made a name for himself before he was brought on board by Nabors. Between 1979 and 1991, Anthony Petrello was a senior partner at Baker & McKenzie. This is one of the largest commercial law firms in the US. Here, Petrello was in charge of cases pertaining to international arbitration, general corporate law, and taxation. He was a managing partner at the practice between 1986 and 1991. Petrello graduated from Harvard Law School with a J.D. degree. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Mathematics from Yale.

Anthony Petrello serves on the boards of Hilcorp Energy Corporation and Stewart & Stevenson. Besides this, he sits on Texas Children’s Hospital’s board of trustees. He was appointed to this position due to his dedication towards funding clinical and research programs aimed at addressing the needs of kids who are affected by neurological disorders.

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Roles Played by Petrello and Nabors

Mr. Petrello initially served as the chief operating officer and president of the firm from 1991 to 2011. During this time, he was also the deputy chairman. In October 2011, he retained his presidency besides being appointed chairman of the executive board. In addition, he became the firm’s chief executive officer. Besides his operational functions at the company, Mr. Anthony Petrello provides corporate guidance and strategic planning. This has enabled Nabors Industries to adapt and prosper in a corporate environment that is highly dynamic and competitive.

The corporation has attained notable milestones under Mr. Petrello’s leadership. He helped it get listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, he played a crucial role in reorganizing the company’s structure, thus moving it away from the brink of collapse to sustained profitability. Before his appointment, Nabors was performing poorly. During his early years, he implemented a raft of measures aimed at keeping debt under control. As a result, the company grew remarkably in the mid 90’s despite a general meltdown in the industry. During the late 90’s Nabors Industries was named among the largest listed companies in the US. This is attributed to the shrewd leadership that Petrello provided.

Petrello’s Philanthropy

Petrello and his wife Cynthia are among the most notable givers in Texas. Their philanthropic efforts have largely been inspired by adversity. The couple has led numerous fundraising efforts to support the Neurological Research Institute. They personally contribute nearly 5 million dollars every year. Their daughter Carena suffers from periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). Her plight is what motivates Antony to fund translational support since he believes it is the only hope for his daughter and other kids who suffer from neurological disorders.

Read more about Anthony and Cynthia Petrello at the Houston Chronicle
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International Tax Firms

Cone Marshall is a global and leading New Zealand Tax law firm, Trust, and Estate. The company, located in Auckland, began operating in 1999 and is currently under the leadership of Karen Marshall and Geoffrey Cone. One of its chiefs, Karen Marshall, previously worked for another law firm in its Commercial litigation field, until 2005, when she joined Cone Marshall. She is currently the advisor of trustee companies along with being a principal of the firm since 2006.

 

Geoffrey Cone has a long history in international trust and tax strategies, trust management and trustee since his inception into the industry in 1980.

 

He began his work in the industry in 1980 when he joined Auckland Law firm as a lawyer in 1980. He then relocated to Christchurch after a couple of years to join a new company as a Partner and Chairman. While at the new firm, Geoffrey practiced commercial litigation and acted as the leading counsel in various cases. His experience in tax and trust led him to establish Cone Marshalls in 1999.

 

Geoffrey addressed the misconception of New Zealand as a tax haven with an article published in NZ Herald. He explained that the reason New Zealand attracts increasing numbers of foreign investors is due to the legal infrastructure governing taxation and trust, set up in the country.

 

He explained that New Zealand has more than 20 tax agreements with other nations to promote transparency. Mr. Cone also revealed that all records require a registration in the English language, failure to which a hefty penalty is applied.

 

 

Cone Marshall specializes in aiding setting up New Zealand partnerships, trusts, companies and also in providing international wealth strategies advice to clients. The law firm avails its attorneys, private banks, family advisors and other required institutions to clients. These entities ensure that foreign buyers not located in New Zealand have access to the full services and products offered by the law firm. The firm ensures that it offers quality services and products such as the complete New Zealand taxation, succession, trusts, planning advice and administrative services.

 

To date, Cone Marshall has undergone several evolutions to become of one the leading law firms in New Zealand. Cone Marshall has integrated the use of technology to fasten procession of cases by using secure systems. Another revolutionary step by the firm is in the efficient administration by Geoffrey Cone and Karen Marshall. Cone Marshall continues to serve international clients with transparent and quality services.

Business

The insurance company that used to insure Atlanta Hawks has been sued. The company has been sued over failure to cover some of the liabilities it had stipulated that it would cover in their premium terms. The former owner of the Atlanta Hawks has been joined to the lawsuit in which the prosecution is seeking to be compensated.

The prosecution side states that there are risks related to the work place and employment practices that the law firm was supposed to be insured against. These included issues such a wrongful termination, discrimination at the work place and other wrong employment practices. However, these were not covered during the time when the company was changing ownership, hence the lawsuit. The current ownership of the company said that they knew about the lawsuit, but did not wish to be involved in the proceedings. They also declined to give any information about the case.

Up until 2015, the company was owned and headed by Bruce Levenson. He had bought it off in 2011 and when he made the sale, according to Time.com it was big news especially because of the profit margin that the sale generated for him. Other notable investments that Bruce has taken part in include his first company, which he is still co-president in UGC Corporation. The company was started more than three decades ago when Bruce and his partner, Ed Peskowitz were just college students. See, http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2015/04/23/bankers-for-levenson-oversold-atlanta-hawks-by-27/.

There was a lot of speculation about the manner in which the sale of the Hawks team was done. Initially, there were people who felt that the team Bruce had chosen to make the sale had set the asking price so high that buyers were discouraged, but comparing to the amount he had gotten the team for, the selling price was completely on point. The company said that they were hopeful for a fast settlement to the case.

Source: brucelevenson.com

Entrepreneurs, Innovators

Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur and CEO of Tempus. He also co-founded Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, Uptake, and Mediaocean. He also helped found a venture capital firm based in Chicago, Lightbank.

 

He was born and raised in Michigan by his parents, a structural engineer and a teacher. He graduated from high school in 1987 and went to college at the University of Michigan. He graduated in 1991 with honors and continued his education at the law school of the University of Michigan, where re received his Juris Doctor in 1993.

 

After graduating from college in 1993, he and a friend, Brad Keywell, took loans from their family members to buy a Wisconsin apparel company, named Brandon Apparel. In 1999, the duo founded an internet startup company that specialized in promotional products, called Starbelly. They experienced quick success and was sold to Halo Industries in 2000. Lefkofsky even joined the Halo team as its COO (Chief Operating Officer).

 

After the success and bankruptcy of Starbelly, Eric Lefkofsky helped found InnerWorkings in 2001. This company provided print services and in 2006, the company had a very successful initial public offering in the stock market. He sat on the board of directors there until 2012.

 

In 2005, the duo was at it again, creating Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company. This new company attracted financing from one of the largest technology investors in the country and went public on the NASDAQ. Echo is now successfully being traded.

 

In 2006, they founded MediaBank, a company that provided buyers with buying and accounting software. In 2007, they acquired Datatech and in 2007, New Enterprise Associates invested in the company. In 2012, a merger approved by the US Department of Justice occurred between Donovan Data Systems and MediaBank, which created Mediaocean. The deal was an estimated $1.5 billion.

 

In 2007, Eric Lefkofsky co-founded and funded ThePoint.com, which changed its name to Groupon.com in 2008. This website was an online collective action website that currently has an estimated value of over $1.35 billion. In 2010, Groupon was reported as one of the fastest growing companies in history.

 

In 2014, he co-founded an analytics company, Uptake, LLC. In 2016, he founded Tempus, a company that allows doctors to deliver personalized cancer care to patients.

 

Aside from his business ventures, Eric Lefkofsky is also very active in the community and in philanthropic works. In 2006, he and his wife founded a charity called the Lefkofsky Foundation, which has provided funding for more than 50 organizations which focus on children.

 

Lefkofsky is also very involved in his community. He sits on the board of directors at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Children’s Memorial Hospital, and The Museum of Science and Industry. He is a trustee of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and a board member of World Business Chicago.

Cosmetics Industry

History

Doe Deere is an incredibly talented individual with a truly inspirational story. Her story starts in Russia. Ms. Deere was a natural born leader and showed great promise even when she was young. In her early years of school she started fashion trends and selling popular childhood items. Later in life she moved to New York City, New York to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional musician. Here she met her husband playing in a band and the two of them chose to move to California. In 2008, Doe Deere’s cosmetic brand, Lime Crime, took off.

 

 

Lime Crime

Lime Crime is a widely-known and very popular brand of Cosmetics that has been designed and created by Doe Deere and her husband. It features boldly colored lipsticks, stunning eye shadows, and vibrant nail polishes. These colors and palettes are inspired by Unicorns and their magical qualities. The line of bold and creative colors were created out of necessity as they were not colors that could be found anywhere else. To make the market seem fair and balanced, Lime Crime was born.

 

 

The Goal of Lime Crime

Lime Crime is so much more than make-up to Doe Deere. Lime Crime is a way of life and a form of self-expression. This cosmetic company was created as an alternative to traditional makeup brands and styles typically found for sale on the market. Bright bold colors, unique personalities, and self-love are all at the very center of Lime Crime’s heart. Doe Deere has described herself as an individual that stands up for what is right and what feels right. Her makeup was created to empower and inspire any person that wants to wear makeup.

 

 

What Does the Creation Process Look Like?

Every day Doe Deere waits for the inspiration that she needs to create her new and exciting looks. It may take hours, days, weeks, or even months to come up with the perfect idea for a new line of colors or shades for Lime Crime. Once that idea starts to form, she acts quickly. She creates a small batch of the product for herself to try out before she mass produces it for her customers. She feels as though this process is both real to who she is and fair to the customers that she truly loves.

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