LEADERSHIP
BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Connecting with successful executives who share military camaraderie and leadership experience, creates real and actionable business outcomes. But harnessing the full potential of this network is piecemeal at best. Until now.

LEADERSHIP BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Connecting with successful executives who share military camaraderie and leadership experience, creates real and actionable business outcomes. But harnessing the full potential of this network is piecemeal at best. Until now.

Meritorious
is the only private network exclusive to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions.

Go beyond traditional social media platforms and exchanging business cards at hit or miss events. Join the hub exclusive to those who served, and accelerate your connections into high powered, high growth business opportunities. Network with influencers like yourself through our feature rich member portal, highly curated private events, and members only club in NYC.

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Member only online portal

Member portal icon Meritorious

Member only online portal

Member portal icon Meritorious

Member only online portal

Member portal icon Meritorious

Member only online portal

Meritorious
is the only private network exclusive to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions.

Go beyond traditional social media platforms and exchanging business cards at hit or miss events. Join the hub exclusive to those who served, and accelerate your connections into high powered, high growth business opportunities. Network with influencers like yourself through our feature rich member portal, highly curated private events, and members only club in NYC.

SEEKING A MORE TARGETED APPROACH?
Our unique member portal is an intuitive space to network.

TRAVELING ON BUSINESS?
Check-in and geolocate professionals before you take off.

NEED INTRODUCTIONS?
Direct message members and chat via forum and groups.

RAISING YOUR SERIES A?
Visit our Startup Hub and Venture Database to post your project.

“WHY MERITORIOUS?”

100 Respondents Said…

  • Rebuilds camaraderie with military community
  • Ensures interactions are qualified
  • Meet trustworthy decision makers
  • More productive use of one’s time investment
  • Cold outreach is more often answered by fellow veterans
  • Less overhead doing business with veterans
  • Networking is important, but networking with fellow military members is vital to continued growth

“The military community takes care of each other in a way that is hard to replicate. This community is so important because we all bring our own experiences and talents to elevate one another to ensure the success that each and every veteran and their families deserve. I believe I have a lot to contribute and want to be part of that story.”

“WHY MERITORIOUS?”

100 Respondents Said…

  • Rebuilds camaraderie with military community
  • Ensures interactions are qualified
  • Meet trustworthy decision makers
  • More productive use of one’s time investment
  • Cold outreach is more often answered by fellow veterans
  • Less overhead doing business with veterans
  • Networking is important, but networking with fellow military members is vital to continued growth

“The military community takes care of each other in a way that is hard to replicate. This community is so important because we all bring our own experiences and talents to elevate one another to ensure the success that each and every veteran and their families deserve. I believe I have a lot to contribute and want to be part of that story.”

HOW IT WORKS

Complete our application to stay informed of next steps.
No commitment needed to apply.

MEMBER PORTAL

Our introductory membership level grants access to our exclusive member portal, built with you in mind, affording all the features you need in one location.

  • Member Directory with powerful filters and Global Map View
  • Direct Messaging and Group Chat with alerts
  • Community Forum, plus dedicated Groups
  • Geolocation with Check-in and Trip feature for business travelers
  • Startup Hub with Venture Database for entrepreneurs seeking partners, mentors and investors
  • Event Registration without leaving your member portal
Meritorious-Member-Portal-Directory-Geolocate-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans
Meritorious-iPhone-Member-Portal-Profile-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans
  • Professional Blog with members as guest bloggers
  • Live Feed and recurring Digest
  • Personalized Profile with easy import from social media profiles
  • Privacy Settings that are fully customizable
  • Job Board and Resume sharing (future feature)
  • Native App for iOS and Android (future feature)
  • Ruby and Ruby On Rails base technology
  • Secure Payment Gateway
  • Secure Login and encryption

MEMBER PORTAL

Our introductory membership level grants access to our exclusive member portal, built with you in mind, affording all the features you need in one location.

Meritorious-Member-Portal-Directory-Geolocate-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans
  • Member Directory with powerful filters and Global Map View
  • Direct Messaging and Group Chat with alerts
  • Community Forum, plus dedicated Groups
  • Geolocation with Check-in and Trip feature for business travelers
  • Startup Hub with Venture Database for entrepreneurs seeking partners, mentors and investors
  • Event Registration without leaving your member portal
Meritorious-iPhone-Member-Portal-Profile-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans
  • Professional Blog with members as guest bloggers
  • Live Feed and recurring Digest
  • Personalized Profile with easy import from social media profiles
  • Privacy Settings that are fully customizable
  • Job Board and Resume sharing (future feature)
  • Native App for iOS and Android (future feature)
  • Ruby and Ruby On Rails base technology
  • Secure Payment Gateway
  • Secure Login and encryption

MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership is open to those who served in the military, and military spouses, holding executive level positions. Veteran and military spouse founders must meet a minimum threshold to qualify for membership (see FAQ below). Please apply to be on our waitlist, which allows us to verify military service and professional background.

REMOTE EXECUTIVE

  • For all executive levels and founders
  • Access to member portal
  • Discounted tickets to events
  • Opportunity to upgrade membership level, subject to availability
  • Early membership rate available now ($500 for the first year)

VP EXECUTIVE

  • For executive level members only, excluding C-Suite
  • Access to private member club
  • Access to member portal
  • Complimentary ticket to events
  • Opt in to coaching units

C-SUITE EXECUTIVE

  • For C-Suite level members only, and founders
  • Access to private member club
  • Access to member portal
  • Complimentary ticket to events
  • Opt in to coaching units
  • Opt in to angel group
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ENTERPRISE

Corporations can partner with Meritorious, whether to bolster a veteran affinity group, or through individual allowances for external professional development. We provide employees access to a robust network to develop lasting personal and professional relationships with other veterans and military spouses.

  • Enhance soft skills like leadership, communication, collaboration and time management
  • Improve employee retention and engagement
  • Access high caliber talent pipeline

MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership is open to those who served in the military, and military spouses, holding executive level positions. Veteran and military spouse founders must meet a minimum threshold to qualify for membership (see FAQ below). Please apply to be on our waitlist, which allows us to verify military service and professional background.

REMOTE EXECUTIVE

  • For all executive levels and founders
  • Access to member portal
  • Discounted tickets to events
  • Opportunity to upgrade membership level, subject to availability
  • Early membership rate available now ($500 for the first year)

VP EXECUTIVE

  • For executive level members only, excluding C-Suite
  • Access to private member club
  • Access to member portal
  • Complimentary ticket to events
  • Opt in to coaching units

C-SUITE EXECUTIVE

  • For C-Suite level members only, and founders
  • Access to private member club
  • Access to member portal
  • Complimentary ticket to events
  • Opt in to coaching units
  • Opt in to angel group

ENTERPRISE

Corporations can partner with Meritorious, whether to bolster a veteran affinity group, or through individual allowances for external professional development. We provide employees access to a robust network to develop lasting personal and professional relationships with other veterans and military spouses.

  • Enhance soft skills like leadership, communication, collaboration and time management
  • Improve employee retention and engagement
  • Access high caliber talent pipeline
professional-development-higher-retention-engagement-rates-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans

GIVING BACK

Military camaraderie is a force multiplier with the power to create economic impact. Connecting veterans to their community strengthens civilian-military ties, while providing opportunities to mentor aspiring veterans and military spouses. A long term vision of Meritorious is to build mentorship and investment infrastructure to support veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs.

GIVING BACK

Military camaraderie is a force multiplier with the power to create economic impact. Connecting veterans to their community strengthens civilian-military ties, while providing opportunities to mentor aspiring veterans and military spouses. A long term vision of Meritorious is to build mentorship and investment infrastructure to support veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our Remote Executive membership starts at $500 (Early Rate) for the first year. Those on waitlist who opt to pay after we launch will pay $750 for their first year. Waitlists for other membership levels are not yet available.
A waitlist is our mechanism for accepting applications, reviewing applicant information, and verifying military service. As we gear up for our official launch, this also allows us to reach a membership threshold to ensure a strong networking pool on day one.
We review applicants on a rolling basis. For those who are interested in the early rate, we will contact you to verify military service, and complete payment for Remote Executive membership. Waitlists for VP and C-Suite Executive memberships are not yet open.
No. Please submit via application link. For those who qualify and opt into our early rate, we will then contact you to render payment for Remote Executive membership. We use Stripe to ensure PCI Compliant payment processing.
Our member portal will launch early Summer 2020, granting Remote Executive members the opportunity to connect with each other.
Open-enrollment networking communities lack filtering for relevance and quality of membership. Curated memberships like Meritorious ensure interactions are qualified, and a productive use of one’s time investment. There is exponential value when a community as a whole shares a similar background and desire for growth. While we offer similar features as LinkedIn, we are hard focused on veterans and military spouses in senior positions, making it easier for you to search for the right connections.

We also offer features like geolocation and check-in, found only on social sites like Facebook or Foursquare. And we don’t use tricky algorithms. If you decide to become a guest blogger on our member portal, your professional post won’t be filtered out or receive a low ranking. That’s not all. As we roll out special events and our physical member club, no social networking platform can beat quality face to face networking.
Small businesses and startups must be generating $250,000 per year in revenue, or have raised $500,000 in capital, or have 5 or more full time employees (not including outsourced contractors). New business owners who do not meet these criteria, but have previous executive leadership experience will be considered.
Meritorious was co-founded by Katherine Kostreva and Ryan Loya because of their combined experiences and desire to further strengthen the military connected community. Ryan served ten years in the US Marine Corps, deploying four times, two times to Afghanistan. He then worked in advertising and launched a veteran hiring and rotational program for a Fortune 500 company. He is Chief Business Officer for Sun Hunter, a solar energy startup.

 

During that same decade, Katherine consulted for veteran service organizations to improve operational capacity, build strategic initiatives and scalable core processes. She previously worked for Bunker Labs as the Northeast Region Executive Director, and is the current national Director of Development and Marketing for PsychArmor Institute.

 

During Ryan’s transition, the duo witnessed shortcomings with the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). They subsequently co-authored a 32 page legislative proposal, and lobbied, to reform TAP, which was later sponsored by Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE-02). Key mandates are law in NDAA 2019, including the requirement that TAP be completed 365 days prior to End of Active Service, and program impact be measured, consolidated and delivered to Congress annually.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our Remote Executive membership starts at $500 (Early Rate) for the first year. Those on waitlist who opt to pay after we launch will pay $750 for their first year. Waitlists for other membership levels are not yet available.
A waitlist is our mechanism for accepting applications, reviewing applicant information, and verifying military service. As we gear up for our official launch, this also allows us to reach a membership threshold to ensure a strong networking pool on day one.
We review applicants on a rolling basis. For those who are interested in the early rate, we will contact you to verify military service, and complete payment for Remote Executive membership. Waitlists for VP and C-Suite Executive memberships are not yet open.
No. Please submit via application link. For those who qualify and opt into our early rate, we will then contact you to render payment for Remote Executive membership. We use Stripe to ensure PCI Compliant payment processing.
Our member portal will launch early Summer 2020, granting Remote Executive members the opportunity to connect with each other.
Open-enrollment networking communities lack filtering for relevance and quality of membership. Curated memberships like Meritorious ensure interactions are qualified, and a productive use of one’s time investment. There is exponential value when a community as a whole shares a similar background and desire for growth. While we offer similar features as LinkedIn, we are hard focused on veterans and military spouses in senior positions, making it easier for you to search for the right connections.

We also offer features like geolocation and check-in, found only on social sites like Facebook or Foursquare. And we don’t use tricky algorithms. If you decide to become a guest blogger on our member portal, your professional post won’t be filtered out or receive a low ranking. That’s not all. As we roll out special events and our physical member club, no social networking platform can beat quality face to face networking.
Small businesses and startups must be generating $250,000 per year in revenue, or have raised $500,000 in capital, or have 5 or more full time employees (not including outsourced contractors). New business owners who do not meet these criteria, but have previous executive leadership experience will be considered.
Meritorious was co-founded by Katherine Kostreva and Ryan Loya because of their combined experiences and desire to further strengthen the military connected community. Ryan served ten years in the US Marine Corps, deploying four times, two times to Afghanistan. He then worked in advertising and launched a veteran hiring and rotational program for a Fortune 500 company. He is Chief Business Officer for Sun Hunter, a solar energy startup.

During that same decade, Katherine consulted for veteran service organizations to improve operational capacity, build strategic initiatives and scalable core processes. She previously worked for Bunker Labs as the Northeast Region Executive Director, and is the current national Director of Development and Marketing for PsychArmor Institute.

During Ryan’s transition, the duo witnessed shortcomings with the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). They subsequently co-authored a 32 page legislative proposal, and lobbied, to reform TAP, which was later sponsored by Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE-02). Key mandates are law in NDAA 2019, including the requirement that TAP be completed 365 days prior to End of Active Service, and program impact be measured, consolidated and delivered to Congress annually.

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