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.
Every day more than 10,000 adults turn 65. Many are business owners whose succession plans are greatly influenced by professional advisors aiming to preserve family ownership through the gifting of stock at the estate level. Every day approximately 7500 adults die, thrusting businesses into the hands of family who are either ill-prepared, ill-equipped and dis-interested […]