John V. Meyers - Managing Member
John V. Meyers was appointed by the Santa Rosa Cahuilla Indian Tribal Council to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Santa Rosa Cahuilla Corporation (SRCC). Additionally, he will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. Mr. Meyers will also serve as the Managing Member of IVA’AL Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of the Corporation. John has served the Tribe as a member of the Tribal Council for a number of terms prior to his current roll with the corporation. Since his appointment to the Tribe’s business development initiative, John elected not to run for reelection in order to focus on the development of the Tribe’s Corporation.
In 1997, Mr. Meyers created Native American Industrial Distributors (NAID), a multi-disciplined federal contracting firm. John built NAID into a multi-million dollar company which was sold in 2011. He started the firm in his home office, and over the years grew the firm employing over eighty (80) employees with annual gross revenues in excess of $12 million dollars with consistent net earnings in excess of twelve percent (12%). NAID was awarded the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) certification in late 1997 and remained qualified until graduated from the program in 2006. From the beginning, NAID under Mr. Meyers’ leadership and management remained debt free during its entire history until its sale in 2011. Over the years the Maryland State Legislature and Maryland’s Governor officially recognized Mr. Meyers’ job creation and economic development contributions to the State. In March 2006, John was featured in Money magazine as the fourth of five finalists in the National Small Business Administration’s (NSBA) Small Business Advocate of The Year 2006 awards. Mr. Meyers also served on the Board of Directors, National Indian Business Association.
John brings to the Tribe’s economic development effort a unique combination of leadership, management skills, energy and experience acquired over the past fifty years. John graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1959. He continued his education under the GI Bill at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1975. Mr. Meyers also earned a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C. in 1994. Mr. Meyers’ distinguished military and Federal public service careers have spanned over thirty years.
Born and raised on the Santa Rosa Indian Reservation, John is the elder-living member of the Tribe. In 1966, John was drafted into the U.S. Army. Rising from Private to Colonel, he served with distinction during two combat tours in Vietnam and a combat tour in Desert Storm. Colonel Meyers is one of the country’s most highly decorated American Indians. His personal awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Distinguished Flying Cross w/5 OLC; Bronze Star Medal w/2 OLC; Meritorious Service Medal w/1 OLC; Air Medal 30 Awards; Army Commendation Medal w/5 OLC; Army Achievement Medal; Senior Aviators Badge; Parachutist Badge; Pathfinder Badge; Air Assault Badge; and the Special Forces Tab. He is the recipient of numerous service, campaign and foreign awards and decorations. In 2009, Colonel Meyers was inducted into the Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.
Colonel Meyers completed a 31-year military career in the Army Reserves and active component, having commanded at every level, including Battery, Battalion and Brigade. He has also served in a variety of responsible staff positions at the highest levels of the Army, as Assistant Director for Legislative Liaison, U.S. Special Operations Command, and as Assistant Director for the Plans, Programs & Policy Directorate, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Research, Development & Acquisition in the Pentagon.
Although he retired from active service in June 1997, Colonel Meyers was meritoriously appointed by the Chief Army Reserve to the position of Army Reserve Ambassador for the State of Maryland, during which time he held the equivalent Rank of Major General. Ambassador Meyers was awarded Emeritus status in 2008. Mr. Meyers also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Army Historical Foundation until 2011.
Mr. Meyers’ public service career included a variety of Federal Civil Service and appointed positions. Beginning with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1975, John’s service spanned four Presidential Administrations. The more important Senior Executive Service appointments were in the Department of Defense as the Director, Equal Opportunity (Military); Department of Housing & Urban Development as the Director of the Office of Indian Housing, and in his last position as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Veterans Employment and Training at the Department of Labor. In each of these positions, Mr. Meyers’ responsibilities included the development and implementation of National Policy and the development and management of program budgets approaching three quarters of a billion dollars. He retired from the Department of Labor in 1992. John’s accomplishments in these positions have received laudatory recognition from the President’s Committee on Management Improvement and throughout Indian country.