"J. Gerald Suarez's extraordinary experiences in the White House and on campus help frame this remarkable book by offering wise perspective and deep insight into the struggle of balancing life's gifts, passions and direction."
- The late Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me describing Dr. Suarez's book, "Leader of One." Publication pending.
The White House
Dr. Suarez had the privilege to serve in direct support of the President of the United States. He was selected following an exhaustive search to serve as Director of Presidential Quality, the first such post in the institution's history. In this capacity, he led efforts to apply systems thinking and design, interactive planning and quality management into the White House Communications Agency and the White House Military Office. He also served as technical advisor to the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Administration, during the development and deployment of their strategic plan.
During the 2000 presidential transition, he served as liaison between the Democratic administration transition team, the Republican administration and an inter-agency cross-functional team of military and civilian personnel.
After the Clinton-Bush presidential transition, he was appointed as Director for Customer Support and Organizational Development in the White House Military Office and continued on supporting the George W. Bush presidency. He spearheaded an organizational transformation that involved over 2200 personnel. Under his direction, The White House Military Office designed and implemented a new organizational structure, and streamlined business processes, policies and operational guidelines without disrupting tactical and operational support to the President in his three constitutional roles.
The contributions and accomplishments made by Dr. Suarez were recognized in academic circles, showcased by the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in the book Idealized Design (2006) and by the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He received The Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the highest Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force honorary award granted by the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force. Nominees for this award must have established a pattern of excellence and achievements recognized by previous honorary awards up to and including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Dr. Suarez was recognized by the White House Chief of Staff for his contributions after the attacks of September 11th. He was awarded the Certificate of Meritorious Service from President George W. Bush.
Dr. Suarez talks about his selection to lead the first Presidential Quality Office in the history of the White House in an exclusive interview A Puerto Rican in the White House.