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Marigold Team

Meet The Founders

Founder & CEO

Jay Shah is a Founder and CEO of Marigold Academy.  In his current role, Jay oversees and manages two very successful Marigold Academy corporate locations. He utilizes his knowledge, expertise, and leadership to build a successful childcare brand to provide high-quality early education to children before they enter kindergarten.

Jay entered the early childhood education industry in 2019. However, Jay did not come from a background in education. Rather, Jay grew up in a humble environment. Jay immigrated to the United States in 1995, and like most immigrants, he worked hard to support his family and build a career for himself. Jay holds an Electrical & Computer Engineering degree from Wayne State University and MBA from Michigan State University. Jay spent the first 15 years of his career in corporate America in various capacities within Engineering, Supply Chain, Operations, Finance & Accounting related positions. Furthermore, he has been part of the early education and childcare industry since 2019. 

Jay is a huge advocate of high-quality early education for children in all communities to build a strong foundation for successful lives and careers. Jay is also very passionate about helping other professionals build a strong foundation and legacy for their families and communities. In his current role, Jay utilizes his leadership, experience, and vision to build a strong brand and associate with highly motivated individuals that want to make a difference in their communities while building a strong foundation and legacy for their own families.

Founder & President


Kruti Shah is a Founder and President of Marigold Academy.  Similar to Jay, Kruti also came from humble beginnings, helping out in the family business (a franchised operation) while growing up. Kruti has a degree in Architecture; however, she has been part of the early education and childcare industry since 2019. Kruti is truly passionate about children, their well-being, and education. Apart from being involved in overseeing the corporate Marigold Academy locations, she also enjoys volunteering at her daughters’ local elementary school.


Leadership Team

Director of Operations

Director of Education

Director of Onboarding

Director of Training

Start a Marigold Academy Franchise

If you are passionate about children and early education, looking to take control of your future and financial wellbeing, seeking an ideal work-life balance to spend more time with your loved ones, make a positive impact in your community and enrich the lives of young children, and build a legacy for your family, Marigold Academy franchise opportunity is for you.

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