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.”

Ezra Stark
Chief Operating Officer

Ezra has primary responsibility for the oversight of all budgets, expenditures and financial results for the operating properties. He also directs operations with respect to cost controls and revenue generation as well as marketing functions for all the operating properties. He continues to participate in strategic planning and is the primary contact for joint venture opportunities.

Ray Weiss
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.

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.

Brian Midlik
Chief Investment Officer

Since graduating with both a Bachelors degree in Finance and an MBA from Cleveland State University, Midlik has spent his entire career with Stark Enterprises implementing key roles within the Finance department. Serving as the Vice President of Finance for 4 years, Midlik 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 and assisting with investor relations.

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.

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.

Nico Bolzan
Executive Managing Director of Stark Capital Group

With 20+ 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.

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 & 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. An avid car enthusiast, Jay is a member of the Mercedes Benz Club of America and enjoys vintage and modern cars alike.

Brian Weisberg
Vice President of Residential Operations

Brian’s property management experience spans over 22 years and 450 different styles of facilities, from single family homes to a Library of Congress. He has extensive knowledge in sales, customer service, leadership and team building in upscale and value branded residential communities. He prides himself on building well functioned teams that are accountable and committed to quality standards, ensuring bottom-line efficiency and profitability.

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.

Jeremy Bates
Vice President of Leasing

With over 15 years of experience, Jeremy 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, Jeremy is responsible for bringing many major national retailers and restaurateurs not only to the Cleveland market, but other major markets as Stark Enterprises expands its retail and office portfolio nationally.

Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, holds an Ohio Real Estate license and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Currently, he lives on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys relaxing and spending time with his family.

Stacie Schmidt
Vice President of Marketing

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.

Sarah Ryzner
General Counsel

Sarah joined the legal department at Stark Enterprises in 2015 and currently serves as the company’s General Counsel. Leading the team of in-house counsel, paralegals and lease administrators, Sarah’s role is multi-faceted overseeing all legal aspects of the company, including new development and property ventures, operating assets, litigation and other general corporate matters.

Sarah is a Cleveland native and received her Juris Doctor and Master’s Degree in Urban Planning Design and Development from Cleveland State University. Currently, Sarah lives on the near west side of Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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