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Thomas D'Eri  

Co-Founder of Rising Tide Car Wash & Autism Advocate

Tom D’Eri is a strong advocate of the movement to empower individuals with autism to turn their natural talents into professional skills. Having seen the struggles that his brother Andrew, a vibrant individual with autism, faced in finding a job, D'Eri knew that there must be a way to help. He enthusiastically decided to work with his father, John D’Eri, to found Rising Tide Car Wash, a groundbreaking social enterprise and high-quality car wash experience.

In 2011, along with his father, he founded CanDo Business Ventures, a company dedicated to designing, testing and deploying businesses that can provide sustainable employment for adults. D'Eri, who is the Managing Partner of the company, and his father, founded Rising Tide Car Wash to further this cause.

“I’m very passionate about empowering people through employment and I believe that when businesses are designed to intentionally help their people grow personally and professionally, everyone wins. This is especially true for employing individuals with autism – I’ve witnessed first hand through my work with Rising Tide Car Wash, that when our employees with autism grow and our management is dedicated to that growth, the customer experience is unparalleled in any service business. Our goal is to provide such great service to our communities that their perception of autism moves from a disability that requires sympathy to a valuable diversity that every business should look to harness.”

Speech Topics


Disability Employment

Social Enterprise

Family Business

Father-Son Business


Entrepreneurship & Business

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