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Meet FDU Alumnus Robert "Bobby" Stern, BS'08

Bobby Stern is the President of Riviera Hospitality Group, a premier on- and off-premise food service company. Bobby and his team are dedicated to providing healthy, nutritious and culturally sensitive food to all walks of life regardless of age, infirmity, economic status, social standing, or workplace environment.

Bobby Stern continues to set the bar for young FDU Alumni.

Already the youngest Silberman College Hall of Fame honoree, Stern was inducted into the PINNACLE Society last year and in 2024 becomes the first FDU Forward “Transform Our Future” honoree, not surprising given his incredible business accomplishments in his first 15 years after graduating FDU, but also his deep passion for supporting FDU’s future students and goals.

Bobby’s key to success is that he adapts his business model to meet the needs of the surrounding community. When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March of 2020, he worked with the Department for the Aging and Department of Sanitation in New York City, to safely deliver 650,000 meals a week to homebound seniors. In August 2021, the US Military tasked Bobby and his team to provide 13,000 Afghan refugees with 24/7 food services at a NJ military base. Currently Bobby and his team are providing meals to the homeless and migrants in New York City. Since 2020, Riviera Hospitality Group has served over 36 million meals and counting.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson’s Silberman College of Business, Bobby strives to give back to the institution that laid his foundation as a young entrepreneur. He has invested in the next generation of FDU students with generous contributions made towards endowments and scholarships including the Uncle Billy Stern Believe and Achieve Scholarship, the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, and the Stern Professional Development Program Student Fund.

In addition to generous donations, Bobby lends his professional expertise to FDU events and committees. In positions including Chair of Council of Alumni Engagement, Charter Day 2022 and 2023 Gala Planning Committee Member, and a 2022 Hall of Fame Gala Planning Committee Member. 

Bobby continually uses his passion for event planning to create positive alumni experiences. He helped bring from concept to reality, a yearly alumni event “Cars on the Lawn,” a curated car show of exquisite automobiles that takes place on the lawn of Hennessy Hall to raise money for the Silberman College of Business. Regarding his favorite place at FDU, the Silberman College of Business, he has presented in classes, been named one of the 50 Under 50 Alumni Business Leaders, sits on the current Executive Board of Advisors, and most recently was inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame. 

Whether it is a luxury client, unprecedented emergency, or an FDU event, Bobby continues to be at the forefront of innovation in the catering and event industry.