Why We Exist

To help families affected by autism answer the question we all face,

“What will happen to my child when I’m gone?”

By teaching them how to build social enterprises that sustainably employ their child and others like them.


When our team founded Rising Tide Car Wash, we often wished for a road map on how to build a social enterprise that employs individuals with autism sustainably. The goal of Rising Tide U is to provide that road map to other families who believe starting a business is their only way to help their loved ones with autism build a future.


We aim to inspire a grassroots movement that proves employing people with autism is a competitive advantage for business. Everyone can help prove the autism advantage– our talks inspire people to action.


We aim to help entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporations understand how to harness the operational and marketing advantages of employing individuals with autism through in-person workshops and e-learning.

Our Team

John D'Eri

CEO/Cofounder of Rising Tide Car Wash. Serial entrepreneur with 3 successful exits in litigation support, software development and consumer service.

Tom D'Eri

COO/Cofounder of Rising Tide Car Wash. Social entrepreneur with a background in research and strategy. Unreasonable Fellow and StartingBloc Fellow.

Tom Sena

CFO of Rising Tide Car Wash. Tom is a CPA/PFS with a background in accounting, tax, and financial planning.

Dr Michael Alessandri
Michael Alessandri

Dr. Alessandri has worked with individuals with autism and their families for more than 30 years. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rochester, and he earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey.