Ricky Stern is president of Five Star Veterans Disability as well as senior vice president of Five Star’s parent company, Asta Funding, Inc. since 2014. As co-founder of Five Star, Ricky has managed the company’s growth from inception to representing over 5,000 veterans.

Mr. Stern holds a Masters of Business Administration from Pace University. In addition, he has participated in the executive education programs of the Wharton School of Business and New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Ricky is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Investment Management Analyst, licensed health insurance producer in both New York and New Jersey and has attained the Accredited Disability Representative designation. He is also a frequent co-host of “Avanzando” a Spanish talk show airing Sunday afternoons in New York City, discussing VA related topics.


Seth Berman is General Counsel of Five Star Veterans Disability as well as their parent company, Asta Funding, Inc. Mr. Berman is accredited by the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans’ claims for disability compensation. Seth works closely with the company’s President, Ricky Stern, on ensuring the best plan of action is taken for each of Five Star’s clients.

Prior to joining Five Star, Mr. Berman was with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he advised companies on regulatory and compliance matters and litigated issues related to consumer protection.

Mr. Berman holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Yeshiva University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review.