PARKLAND, Fla. — Rising Tide Car Wash COO Tom D’Eri was selected as one of the Miami Herald’s 20 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in 2014, according to a press release.

D’Eri, 25, is the list’s youngest honoree to date. He was selected from among 300 nominations, said the release.

For its list, the Miami Herald chose leaders who are self-starters and contribute to their communities, noted the release.

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D’Eri and his father started Riding Tide in April 2013, which seeks to empower individuals with autism to build careers and full lives through employment with a premium carwash brand, stated the release. D’Eri’s brother is one of these individuals.

According to the release, the carwash is one of the largest employers of people with autism in the U.S.

“Tom is a young man on a mission,” shared Paul Fazio, president of SONNYs Enterprises of Tamarac, in the release. “Some talk about making the world a better place; Tom actually does. He has found a way to create a company that is self-sustainable monetarily while dramatically enhancing the lives of those with autism.”

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