Thomas William Deans has a BA from Mount Allison University, a MA from McMaster University and a Ph.D. from the University Of Warwick (UK). He is the President of Detente Financial Corp a firm that specializes in teaching wealth strategies through seminars sponsored by professional and financial services companies. A highly sought after international public speaker on succession planning, wealth management and charitable giving, Dr. Deans lives in Ontario, Canada. Thomas is also the author of the bestselling book, 'Every Family's Business: A Blueprint for Protecting Family Business Wealth'. Deans has advanced a refreshing perspective of family business succession planning, arguing that gifting family businesses to the next generation destroys family wealth and family relationships. Deans stands the conventional view of family business on its head and offers a common sense method to protect families from themselves --silence is the great destroyer of wealth in family businesses-- and 'Every Family's Business' will get families thinking, planning and acting on their own family driven succession plans.