About RIVA

Who We Are

RIVA guides its clientele to manufacturing solutions that delight from design to delivery. From original sketches to a polished beauty. Swiftly, reliably, and with unparalleled craftsmanship. RIVA’s entirely in-house operation and mission-driven integrity supply vertically-integrated manufacturing solutions that satisfy the classically elegant to the strikingly sophisticated. RIVA: Fusing Engineering and Art.

Our Mission
To honor God through our service, process and product excellence.
Our Vision
To become the leader in every industry we pursue while serving our customers, suppliers and employees.
Leadership

Ted Doudak

Ted Doudak is the founder and CEO of RIVA Precision Manufacturing. Over the course of three decades, Ted and the RIVA team have built a world-class manufacturing firm that specializes in custom solutions resulting in a legacy of dependable jewelry production for the world’s leading jewelry retailers.

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Chief Financial Officer

Jim Sartori

Jim Sartori joined Riva Precision in April 2016 and is responsible for the management of the Finance, Information Technology & Human Resource Departments. He brings 25 years of financial, administrative and operational experience with the majority spent in publicly-held corporations. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science and a concentration in Accounting.

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VP of Product Development

Barbara Brownstein

Barbara Brownstein joined RIVA Precision Manufacturing in July 2016 and oversees Product Development and Design.  Barbara is a veteran in the luxury jewelry business with extensive experience in product development, design, sourcing and manufacturing.  She has been employed by internationally recognized luxury brands and retailers including Cartier, Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co.

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Our Culture

  • Emergency Fund

    Employees opt in to give a dollar from each paycheck towards an emergency fund. RIVA matches each dollar given. Then, in the case of an emergency, employees are gifted money from the fund to get back on their feet.

  • Giving Fund

    RIVA donates 10% of its net profits to be given to worthy causes such as community hospitals, non profit organizations, disaster relief funds, and a ministry that feeds school children in the Dominican Republic.

  • Massage Therapy

    Being a jeweler is hard work. RIVA provides all of its employees access to a massage therapist specializing in complimentary break-time massages to personalized stretching routines.

  • Compassion International

    Employees have the opportunity to to give as much as they decide (to be matched by RIVA) per month to support children in underdeveloped countries.

  • Access to a Chaplain

    We have partnered with Chaplains of America to provide employees with an on-board chaplain available for counselling or anyone in need of someone to talk to.

  • ESL Classes

    RIVA provides ESL classes after work hours for anyone looking to improve their English language proficiency.

  • Games and Athletic Events

    In our gaming hall we have table soccer, ping pong, carpet ball, giant connect four, chess, and a pool table to be enjoyed during breaks and lunchtime. Tournaments are held every few months for our most popular games.

  • Meditation Room and Library

    Our factory is a fast-paced work environment. We have devoted a quiet room for reading, meditating and prayer available to anyone needing a few minutes away.

  • Nutritional Counseling

    Our collective health is of utmost importance. RIVA employees have complimentary access to a naturopathic health doctor for any health and dietary questions.

  • Quarterly Luncheons and Picnics

    In order to function as a team, we need to get to know eachother as people. RIVA hosts quarterly luncheons and a yearly all-day picnic for employees to spend quality time with eachother and their families.

Our History

Manufacturing Excellence since 1988

RIVA began as one man working nights on a bench in his basement. Twenty Eight years later, we are a vertically integrated manufacturing plant occupying a 37,500 square foot space with over 140 experience employees. The journey in between was full of dedication, innovation, and perseverance: all the same standards we live by today.

1985

Ted Doudak arrives in NY,
starts working at a chain factory for $4 an hour.

1986

Ted Doudak and a friend become partners,
working out of a basement in Brooklyn.

1988

Ted Doudak founds Riva Precision Manufacturing in Manhattan.

Ted Doudak arrives in NY
1990

Business booms and RIVA moves to a bigger Manhattan loft by Penn Station.

1992

Recession hits and the future looks grim but Ted sees a future in RIVA and buys his partner out, taking full responsibility for the business.

1997

Business takes a turn for the better and RIVA moves to considerably larger Long Island City space.

2001

RIVA absorbs a chain manufacturing company so that all chain may be manufactured in-house.

2008

RIVA grows once again and a CNC department is born bringing RIVA one step closer to becoming completely self-reliant for jewelry manufacturing.

2013

Riva expands to new headquarters in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.