Our Team

Robert Stark
President & Chief Executive Officer

Stark Enterprises was founded in 1978 by Bob Stark when he purchased a single-story retail location in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, while completing his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University. This first investment laid the groundwork for what would become Stark Enterprises. Bob is the creative force of the company and the primary driver of the evolution of the projects created by the firm, from strip centers to power centers to mixed-use “community cores”.

He currently resides in Beachwood, where he finds joy spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Ezra Stark
Chief Operating Officer

Since becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2016, Ezra has catapulted the Company’s growth to eight million square feet of Class A properties with a current value of over $2 billion. Under his leadership, the portfolio has grown in both depth and breadth to now include a broad range of assets and projects under the current portfolio spanning over nine states. Some of his recent project highlights include Phase 3 of Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio, Liv+ luxury residential housing brand opened currently in Arlington, TX and coming soon to Gainesville, Florida and developing the first residential high-rise building in downtown Cleveland in over 40 years, The Beacon, opening Fall of 2019.

Ezra’s primary responsibilities include overseeing all budgets, expenditures, and financial results for operating properties under the company’s portfolio. Additionally, he helps lead strategic planning initiatives and directs day to day operations with respects to costs and generation of revenue. Ezra is the primary contact for all investment and joint venture opportunities where he works closely with Stark’s investment arm, Stark Capital Group.

Ezra’s career at Stark Enterprises began in 2006 where he has held several leadership rolls within Leasing, Development and Asset Management before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer. He is an alumni of Brandeis University and New York University and currently plays a major role in his local community including being a donor and supporter of Fuch’s Mizrahi School and a member and partner of the International Council of Shopping Centers. This past year, Ezra was recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Businesses’ “40 under 40” for his impressive accomplishments and forward thinking within the commercial real estate industry in Cleveland, Ohio.

He currently resides in Beachwood with his wife, Rachel, and their five children.

Raymond J. Weiss, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer

After joining Stark Enterprises in 1992, Ray has overseen all organizational financial and tax reporting, financial analysis, treasury, estate planning, employee benefits, risk management and financing functions. In these capacities he has seen Stark Enterprises grow from a company of 11 employees to one of more than 165 employees and has negotiated and coordinated the closing of financings totaling over $2.5 billion.

Ray resides in Brecksville with this wife, Ellen, and enjoys sports and music in his free time.

Hank Rapport
Executive Vice President of Operations

Hank’s career designing and constructing large exterior land and streetscapes as a landscape architect for prestigious commercial accounts later transitioned to a corporate business career with Stark Enterprises, where he has served as Vice President of Operations for over 15 years. Hank manages a staff of over 100 employees and leads the operation of more than 30 shopping centers, residential communities and office suites.

He currently lives in Rocky River and enjoys spending free time with his family.

Brian Midlik
Chief Investment Officer

Since graduating with both a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from Cleveland State University, Brian has spent his entire career with Stark Enterprises implementing key roles within the Finance department. After serving as Vice President of Finance for 4 years, Brian recently shifted to Chief Investment Officer for Stark. Brian’s responsibilities include strategic leadership in selecting new investments, sourcing new initiatives, managing current investments within property portfolios, asset management and assisting with investor relations.

Brian currently lives in Cleveland with his wife & 3 children.

Carla Lally
Executive Vice President of Leasing

For over 30 years, Carla has been a central member of the Stark development team and is responsible for leasing its retail and office portfolio of over eight million square feet. As a leader in Northeast Ohio’s leasing community, Carla is responsible for bringing many major national retailers to the Cleveland market and has attracted the most interesting and eclectic local retailers to Stark’s properties.

Carla has lived in Cleveland her entire life and considers herself a native.

Michael Lynch
Vice President of Human Resources

Michael is responsible for attracting, developing and retaining the best team of employees for Stark Enterprises. With over 25 years of HR leadership experience, he has previously held positions with local, national and multinational S&P 500 Index companies. Michael is a certified mediator, has a BS in Psychology and has been a featured speaker on best practices in employee relations. He is committed to providing each team member with a professional, engaging and rewarding experience.

Michael is an avid fan of Lake Erie and all that it has to offer.

Nico Bolzan
Executive Managing Director, Stark Capital Group

With 25+ years of senior leadership in business development, capital markets, asset management and structured finance for real property markets across a national platform, Nico is leading efforts to increase both equity and debt through a variety of private and institutional capital sources on a national level to help fuel the growth expansion of Stark Enterprises. He is credited with creating several billion dollars in entity level value in the multi-family, student housing, retail and hospitality industries.

Nico completed his Executive education at Harvard Business School and is a BBA graduate of the University of Toledo.

He currently lives in Cleveland with his wife and three children.

Brian Weisberg
Vice President of Residential Operations

With over 25 years of experience in the multifamily industry, Brian holds a strong expertise in lease-up, stabilized assets, urban in-fill, and mixed use developments.

Bringing a unique ability to build solid and sustaining teams and possesses strong local market knowledge, he has proven abilities to hire, train, evaluate, and motivate associates. Both a problem solver and a developer of talent, his strengths include budgeting and financial management, due diligence and acquisitions, social media marketing, developing business plans, and strategic planning for distressed communities. Brian currently oversees several residential properties around the country under the Stark Enterprises’ portfolio including Liv+ Student Housing in Arlington, Texas and Gainesville, Florida, Solstice in Los Angeles, California, and The Beacon in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian is a Cleveland native and currently resides on the East Side.

Tina Roberts
Vice President of Commercial Operations

Tina is responsible for the commercial operations of several Stark retail, hospitality and office properties, including budget management, staffing, security and implementing portfolio-wide operating procedures. She often acts as liaison between Stark’s properties, tenants and various municipalities as well as oversees the daily operations and staff of one of the largest properties under the portfolio, Crocker Park.

Tina attended Bowling Green State University and currently lives in Avon.

Krista Schill
Vice President of Commercial Operations

Krista has been with the company over 10 years, and currently oversees the commercial operations of several Stark retail and office properties under the portfolio spanning eight states. Her tasks include budgeting, staffing, project management and contracting, mass purchasing, security, landscape services, execution of portfolio-wide operating procedures and more. Krista graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University and has expansive knowledge and expertise in the horticulture industry.

Krista enjoys spending time with her family in her free time and watching her son play sports.

Stacie Schmidt
Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Stacie spearheads all marketing efforts, activating the corporate and property brands within the marketplace through engaging events, local advertising campaigns, public relations outreach, creative promotions and digital initiatives. In this role, she leads all media relations outreach and response, evaluates and negotiates sponsorship and partnership opportunities and acts as project manager for all corporate and property related marketing requests.

Stacie is from Canton, Ohio and received her BA in Marketing & Management at Kent State University.
She currently lives in Lakewood, Ohio and enjoys running and playing volleyball in her free time.

Rebecca Hegyes
Vice President of Development

Rebecca began her career at Stark Enterprises in 2009, joining as Real Estate Counsel. Since then, Rebecca has grown into the role of Vice President of Development, overseeing the entire department in all current projects, from the beginnings of architectural drawings to current operations and new additions under the portfolio. Some projects developed and overseen by Rebecca include The Beacon at 515 Euclid Ave., Smith & Fifth in downtown Pittsburgh, and Liv+, an expanding student housing brand currently in Arlington, Texas.

Currently, Rebecca is spearheading the highly anticipated nuCLEus project, which will be in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

Rebecca grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and is an alumnus of Syracuse University where she received both her undergraduate and law degree.

John Brinich
Executive Vice President of Construction, Arbor Construction

John leads Stark’s construction arm, Arbor Construction, in all projects and developments throughout the portfolio. Spanning over eight states and ranging from residential to commercial, John oversees all the pre, post and current construction and project management. Currently, John is heavily involved with the building of The Beacon in Downtown Cleveland, as well as the expansion of Liv+, luxury student housing currently in Arlington, Texas and soon to be Gainesville, Florida.

John has over 33 years of construction experience ranging from residential, hospitality, to commercial, office and medical. With several leadership and executive roles within the construction management and development industry, John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role and future projects.

Sarah Ryzner
General Counsel

Sarah joined the legal department at Stark Enterprises in 2015 and currently serves as General Counsel. Leading the in-house counsel and team of real estate attorneys, her responsibilities fall within both new development and property ventures a well as the existing properties within the portfolio.

Sarah is a Cleveland native where she received her B.A., Masters and Law degree from Cleveland State University.

Currently, Sarah lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and children.

Jay Jesensky
Vice President of Tenant Coordination

Since joining the tenant coordination department back in 2014, Jay has been an integral part in the implementation and growth of tenants spanning over all properties under the portfolio. Currently, he serves as Vice President of Tenant Coordination leading the department in overseeing all tenant construction projects, budget development, hiring and managing of consultants & contractors, and is the design and construction liaison for incoming tenants and the legal and leasing departments.

Jay has an extensive background in architecture and commercial development, holding key roles in business management, design/construction coordination and project development. He graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and currently lives in Bay Village, Ohio and is a part of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). An avid car enthusiast, Jay is a member of the Mercedes Benz Club of America and enjoys vintage and modern cars alike.

Steve Coven
Vice President of Asset Management & Sr. Corporate Counsel

Steve began his career at Stark Enterprises back in 2009 and has since held several key roles in both the legal counsel and development departments. Currently, Steve has transitioned into the role of Vice President of Asset Management and Sr. Corporate Counsel where he is responsible for development of revenue generation strategies, support of investor relations, market intelligence, strategic planning for operating assets, and the monitoring of performance indicators as well as tenant collections, litigation and bankruptcies for the entire portfolio.

Steve grew up in Cleveland and received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University before attending Case Western Reserve University for his J.D.

He currently lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife and children.

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