John D’Eri is a seasoned entrepreneur. His son Tom just graduated from business school. So the two decided to join forces and form a new business with an especially important mission: helping people with autism find employment.
As reported by this Miami Herald article, the D’Eri family opened the first Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida last April after researching potential entrepreneurial solutions to help Andrew D’Eri, the younger son of John and his wife, Donna. Andrew, who is autistic, is among the 34 adult employees at the car wash.
Rising Tide’s website explains that the company arose from concern about what would happen to Andrew when his family was no longer around to care for him.
“We believe that Andrew and others like him have difficulty getting a job, not because they don’t have the tools to be top-notch employees, but rather because most businesses are simply not structured in a way that allows them to reach their full potential,” writes the D’Eri family in this piece titled “Why We’re Here.”
Rising Tide Car Wash is the first company created by CanDo Business Ventures, an organization that designs and deploys scalable consumer businesses dedicated to employing people with autism.
The young company has already turned the corner of profitability, according to the Herald article. Looks like John’s experience and Andrew’s business school training provide a winning combination.