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, Tom 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 (www.candobiz.com), a company dedicated to designing, testing and deploying businesses that can provide sustainable employment for adults. Tom, 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.”
Tom currently serves on the board of the RACI Project, a volunteer-run citizen organization specializing in cross-cultural solutions for sustainable livelihoods development; and is a StartingBloc Fellow among other young leaders aged 18-30 from all sectors who believe that economic value creation and social value creation are complementary. While in college, he performed extensive service with the Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.
A graduate of Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts with summa cum laude honors in Economics/Finance and a concentration in Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability, Tom is leveraging his love for the environment into a more holistic view of sustainability. Throughout his college career, he actively engaged with organizations to help them become more sustainable and socially conscious. These experiences helped him gain a strong skill set in research, analysis, business planning and collaboration.
Tom has worked in various positions in the sustainability field for companies such as Enterasys Secure Networks in North Andover, Massachusetts (Sustainability Advisor), Strategic Sustainability Consulting in Washington, D.C. (Research Intern, Assistant Consultant), Fitzgerald Elementary School in Waltham, Massachusetts (Sustainability Consultant), Sodexo/Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts (Sustainability Intern), and Waltham Fields Community Farms in Waltham, Massachusetts (Project Manager).
Tom currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, music, martial arts and scuba diving.