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

Ezra has been Stark Enterprises’ Chief Operating Officer for over 5 years. Within that time, 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 eight states. Some of his recent project highlights include developing the first residential high-rise building in downtown Cleveland in over 40 years, The Beacon, which was named NAIOP’s 2020 Development of the Year, expanding their luxury, modern student housing brand, Liv+, to the campus of University of Florida Gainesville, and bringing in unique tenants new to the Cleveland market including Another Broken Egg Café and Urban Air, opening in 2022 at Crocker Park.. Recently, Crocker Park was also named one of the top 10 Retail Centers in America by Chain Store Age Magazine.

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 is a member and partner of the International Council of Shopping Centers. In 2019, 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. When he’s not at work, you can find him with his family and on the volleyball courts where he plays in several leagues with fellow Stark Enterprises’ colleagues!

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 $2.8 billion.

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

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. 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 Brecksville with his wife & 3 children.

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 in his free time.

Lidia Saluan Richani
Executive Vice President of Leasing

Bringing over 30 years of commercial leasing experience, Lidia currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Leasing. Her role includes leading the commercial leasing efforts at all of the company’s commercial portfolio properties spanning eight states including lifestyle centers, strip centers, downtown real estate, and more.

She is an accomplished industry professional and holds key expertise in identifying tenant prospects and managing LOI, sale and lease negotiations. Throughout her tenured career, Lidia has leased shopping center and outparcel space to national, regional and local tenants of all sizes.

Lidia is an alumni of John Carroll University graduating with a BS in Psychology and a concentration in Business Management, and of Notre Dame College where she received her Paralegal certificate. Lidia is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of Ohio and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. She is involved in several philanthropic organizations currently holding the office of the Treasurer of Holy Spirit University Foundation, and an Ambassador of the American Cancer Society RearcHERS of Northern Ohio.

Lidia is a Cleveland native and in her free time loves to cook, discover new restaurants, travel, read, and spend time with her husband and three children.

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 Westlake with his wife and three children.

Steve Coven
Vice President of Asset Management

Steve began his career at Stark Enterprises back in 2009 and has since held several key roles in the development department. Currently, Steve has transitioned into the role of Vice President of Asset Management 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.

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, business development, and strategic planning for distressed communities. During his career, Brian has worked for some of the industry’s most highly regarded management companies, such as Comet Management, Edwards Communities, The Time Group, and Washington Place Management.

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

Krista Schill
Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations

Krista has been with Stark Enterprises for over 14 years, where she has built her career from the Grounds Department at Crocker Park to serving various department roles before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations. Krista oversees operations for Stark Enterprises’ 30+ commercial properties, with tasks including budgeting, staffing, project management, contracting, mass purchasing, 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’s most prized role is being a mom! She has five children and enjoys watching them play sports and grow up as young adults. In free time, Krista loves running and being outdoors in nature.

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.

Jon Kinne
Vice President, Arbor Construction

Jon leads Stark Enterprises construction arm, Arbor Construction, in all projects and developments throughout the portfolio. Spanning over ten states and ranging from residential to commercial, Jon oversees all the pre, post and current construction and project management.

Jon has over 30 years of construction experience in building and preserving over a billion dollars in assets ranging from commercial to office and residential multi-family, Jon brings a wealth of knowledge to the Arbor team.

Sarah Ryzner
General Counsel

Sarah joined the legal department at Stark Enterprises in 2015 and currently serves as General Counsel. Leading the in-house team of real estate attorneys, paralegals and lease administrators, Sarah’s multifaceted role involves overseeing all legal aspects of Stark Enterprises including new development, acquisition opportunities and servicing the existing assets within the company’s portfolio.

Sarah completed the majority of her undergraduate coursework at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and graduated from Cleveland State University. She also received a Master’s in Urban Planning, Design and Development and Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University and is admitted to practice law in Ohio. Prior to joining Stark Enterprises, she served in various capacities in the real estate industry in both the private and non-profit sectors.

Currently, Sarah lives on the near-west side of Cleveland 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.

Sean Flanigan
Vice President of Security and Loss Prevention

Sean joined the Stark Enterprises’ team in 2018 as Director of Security and Loss Prevention, taking responsibility for all safety and security functions across the portfolio. He now holds the role of Vice President of Security and Loss Prevention, where he leads a team of in-house security and safety managers, as well as numerous security personnel at the company’s diversified mix of commercial and residential properties. Sean’s strengths in the field include surveillance equipment and CCTV, access control, and proactive security planning. Additionally, Sean brings with him numerous professional relationships with leaders in the public safety community around Ohio and beyond.

Prior to joining Stark Enterprises, Sean had a 25-year career in law enforcement, cumulating as a Captain with the Cleveland Metroparks. In addition, Sean has served in a leadership capacity on the board of the Polaris Police Academy, Ohio Narcotics Officers, as well as numerous other law enforcement and safety organizations.

Sean and his wife reside in Strongsville. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, traveling, cooking, home improvement projects, and reading about history.

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