Laurel E. Suarez, M.S.
Founder & President
With 25 years of experience in the education and small business arena, an emphasis on supporting small business owners and charter schools, Laurel Suarez brings a unique blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge to the table. She is passionate about assisting clients in taking a simple idea and developing it into a grand start-up company.
She is a proactive, results-focused professional with a history of driving excellence throughout educational and administrative environments. Laurel has been instrumental in managing critical accreditation, compliance efforts, and school and small business start-up initiatives. She drives communication between internal teams to ensure adherence to regulations and is recognized for strong industry experience, both as a hands-on instructor and senior leader. She has provided a 360-degree view of operations and organizational needs that supports ongoing success and growth. Laurel is on a mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow profitable businesses while assisting non-profit start-ups in gaining exposure.
Laurel has provided services for charter and private schools, businesses, and non-profit start-ups, district accreditation, state compliance, partnership development, social media management, and marketing for new organizations.
She began Croix Management Group and consulting after 17 years of successful experience in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and the U.S. Virgin Islands including serving as a school principal, director of school operations responsible for launching new school schools and compliance, human resources director, micro-computer technical manager, and educator.
In 2014, Laurel stepped out on faith and began designing and opening the Compass Outreach and Education Center, a Florida private school. She felt it was time to be a part of changing the face of education by offering students the opportunity to Explore, Discover, and Learn in an environment that encourages movement, play, and individuality. Her school offers a full-time and hybrid school program, offering enrollment options that support the lifestyles of the school’s families.
Laurel holds a Master of Science Degree in Education from Florida's Nova Southeastern University.