WHO IS BOB KERN?

Community Service:

  • President of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce

    • Initiated Chamber Tank/Mentoring Program/Student Job Fair for Riverhead High School

    • Worked with the County and State Governments to allow PPE expenses to be deducted from taxes

    • Fought with State and County officials to ensure that Riverhead received it's fair share of COVID relief funding.

    • Assisting with Food Drives

    • Co-created Reflextions Art in the Park Experience (Downtown Riverhead)

    • Brought affordable healthcare to small businesses

    • Forged a relationship with the Business Improvement District (BID), which had not been done in 30 years.

  • Riverhead Business Advisory Committee Chairman, the voice of local businesses and community concerns in the Town. Revived the committee in 2019.

  • Riverhead Town Agricultural Advisory Committee Member for over 15 years.

  • Riverhead Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Treasurer. Click here for a presentation on IDA Facts.

  • Worked with many non-profit organizations that give considerable support to the hamlets within the Town of Riverhead.

  • Former Coast Guard Auxiliary Member

 
Business Experience:

  • Current owner of 2XS, LLC, a strategic marketing and branding company

  • Worked with the Entenmann family as Operations Manager to brand and grow Martha Clara Vineyards

Conducted over 200 charitable events for local, regional and county charities for no cost​

  • Former partner in a biotech company, a cancer vaccine research trailblazer

  • Former owner of the software pioneering IT company, Ad FX.

  • Past owner of an advertising agency, GRAFIX Multimedia. Clients included Cabelvision, Sportschannel, NY Yankees, NY Mets, NY Islanders and NY Nets

  • Former partner of an Apparel Company. Manufactured apparel seen on the Rolling Stones

  • Played in a Band and released records that reached top charts in Europe

 
Agricultural Experience:

  • Recipient of the 2007 New York State Agricultural Public Policy Award. First Long Islander to be awarded this honor.

  • Helped get legislation passed to allow wineries to do interstate shipping, as well as additional legislation allowing the sale of non-wine items in tasting rooms

  • Long Island Farm Bureau Former Board Member

  • Long Island Wine Council Former Board Member and Marketing Director

  • Governor's NY State Wine and Grape Task Force Former Board Member