Ron Deal, MMFT, is the founder of Successful and an expert in remarriage and stepfamily relationships and therapy. He is author of the bestselling book The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepmom (coauthored with Laura Petherbridge), and the groundbreaking book The Remarriage Checkup: Tools to Make Your Marriage Last a Lifetime (coauthored with David H. Olson). Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in the national media. Ron is a popular conference speaker.