Tom Deans

Tom Deans

Every Family's Business

Dr. Tom Deans is the author of, Every Family’s Business — the best-selling family business book of all-time — selected by The New York Times as one of the Top Ten Books Business Owners Should Read. With more than a million copies sold in more than 100 countries, the book provides the framework for his public lectures and seminars. Having delivered more than 1000 speeches in 24 countries – his long-awaited sequel — Willing Wisdom was released to critical acclaim and is already an international best-seller. This book has already inspired an entertaining new digital tool called the Willing Wisdom Index that predicts how prepared a family is to transition their business.

Both of Tom’s books deal with the intergenerational transition of family wealth. Like his books — his talks are unconventional and contrarian. His contrarian message about the dangers of gifting an operating business, is shaped by his own family’s history – four generations who have founded, built and sold their business for more than $100 million.

Previously, Deans was the CEO of a large multinational family business, has worked in banking and in government relations, and has been the president of a railway. Tom has been featured in numerous magazines and journals including Profit, Money Sense, Inc. The wall Street Journal and The New York Times. A frequent guest on CNBC, Money Line and BNN, Tom is a highly sought after international public speaker on succession planning, wealth management and philanthropic giving.

Deans earned a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick in England.

Keynote Address – Will a Family Business Owner Sell? The Clue is in Their Will.

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Currently, 9 out of every 10 businesses are family owned and controlled, and there are more than $10 trillion in retained earnings of family businesses with aging ownership. Thousands of family business owners die every day, but regrettably few of their companies are put on the market. Instead, they are thrust into the hands of […]

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