Our Team

Robert Stark
President & Chairman

Bob Stark founded Stark Enterprises in 1978 while completing his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University. From there, he grew the company from one small property in Mayfield Heights to one of the most reputable real estate development companies in the Midwest. Bob is renowned for championing the concepts of mixed-use and vertical integration in his projects in order to further his mission of creating great experiences for people in the surrounding communities. In his time at the helm, Bob delivered some of Greater Cleveland’s most iconic developments, including the nationally recognized, award-winning shopping and lifestyle centers, Crocker Park and Eton Chagrin Boulevard, as well as The Beacon, a 29-story residential high-rise building in Downtown Cleveland.

Bob recently stepped down as CEO and now serves in an advisory capacity as President & Chairman. He currently resides in Beachwood, where he finds joy spending time with his wife Marla, his children, and his grandchildren.

Ezra Stark
Chief Executive Officer

Ezra Stark leads the company as the Chief Executive Officer and serves as the principal decision-maker for the company managing the direction of all future endeavors. Ezra has grown the company’s footprint to nine million square feet of Class A properties spanning over seven states with a current value of over $2 billion. He has held several leadership roles in Leasing, Development, Asset Management and served as Chief Operating Officer until May of 2022.

Ezra’s career at Stark Enterprises began in 2006 after graduating from Brandeis University and receiving his master’s in real estate finance from New York University.

Ezra is a member and partner of the International Council of Shopping Centers and was recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Businesses’ “40 under 40” for his accomplishments within the commercial real estate industry. He is a donor and supporter of Fuch’s Mizrahi School in Beachwood, Ohio where he currently resides with his wife Rachel and their five children.

Brian Midlik
Chief Operating Officer

Brian Midlik serves as Chief Operating Officer and his 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 has spent his entire career with Stark Enterprises implementing key roles within the Finance department, including Vice President of Finance for 4 years, and Chief Investment Officer.

Since graduating with both a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

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

Marty Whims
Chief Financial Officer

Marty Whims serves as Chief Financial Officer. His role leads the finance department in all organizational financial and tax reporting, financial analysis, treasury, estate planning, employee benefits, risk management and financing functions.

He began his career at Stark Enterprises in 2003 as a property accountant after graduating from U of A with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Marty’s commitment to the financial success of Stark Enterprises helped him rise through the ranks, as he worked his way to previous positions of assistant controller and controller.

He lives in Cuyahoga Falls with his wife and 3 children where he enjoys kids sporting events, annual beach vacations and being commissioner of the Stark Fantasy League.

Hank Rapport
Executive Vice President of Operations

Hank Rapport has served as Executive Vice President of Operations for over 15 years and manages a staff of over 100 employees and leads the operation of more than 30 shopping centers, residential communities and office suites.

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.

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

Lidia Saluan Richani 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.

Winner of the 2021 & 2022 CoStar Power Broker Awards, she is an accomplished industry professional with over 30 years of commercial leasing experience 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 a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the State of Ohio and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. She has been involved in several philanthropic organizations including 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 an alumnus 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 Cleveland native and in her free time loves to cook, discover new restaurants, travel, read, and spend time with her husband and three children, daughter in law, and her new grandson.

Nico Bolzan
Executive Managing Director, Stark Capital Group

Nico Bolzan, Executive Managing Director, 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.

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 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
Executive Vice President of Asset Management

Steve Coven serves in the role of Executive Vice President of Asset Management where he is responsible for development of revenue generation strategies, investor relations, market intelligence, and strategic planning for operating assets. Steve also oversees the leasing, commercial operations, residential operations, marketing and asset management departments.

Steve began his career with Stark over 12 years ago in our legal department, became a key part of our development team.

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.

Krista Schill
Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations

Krista Schill is Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations and oversees operations for Stark Enterprises’ 30+ commercial properties, with tasks including budgeting, staffing, project management, contracting, mass purchasing, operating procedures, and more. 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 her current leadership position.

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 Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, 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 with her daughter.

Jon Kinne
Vice President, Arbor Construction

Jon Kinne leads as Vice President of Stark Enterprises construction arm, Arbor Construction. He directs 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 Ryzner 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 joined the legal department at Stark Enterprises in 2015. Prior to joining Stark Enterprises, she served in various capacities in the real estate industry in both the private and non-profit sectors.

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.

Currently, Sarah lives on the near-west side of Cleveland with her husband and children.

Jay Jesensky
Vice President of Development

Jay Jesensky serves as Vice President of Development leading the department in overseeing all new development, entitlements and tenant construction projects, budget development, consultant management and leading the overall team from project inception to completion.

Since joining the Stark team in 2014, Jay has been an integral part in the implementation and growth of development and tenant coordination projects spanning, over all properties under the portfolio.

Jay has an extensive background in architecture and commercial/residential development, holding key roles in business management, design/construction coordination, project development and budget control. 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).

Sean Flanigan
Vice President of Security and Loss Prevention

Sean Flanigan 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 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.

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’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.

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

Heidi Armetta
Vice President of Human Resources

Heidi Armetta serves as Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for hiring and retaining top talent for the team at Stark Enterprises and creating a professional & rewarding work experience. Before joining Stark Enterprises, Heidi served as Director of Human Resources at CO-AX Technology, Inc. and brings with her several years of experience working for family-owned companies and 20 years of coaching experience. Heidi holds two degrees in Education from Kent State University and Bethany College.

She currently resides in Parma with her two boys. She loves to play and coach soccer as well as volunteer her time as Assistant Rec Director and board member of the North Royalton Soccer Club in her free time.

Travis Gensley
Vice President of Finance

Travis Gensley is Vice President of Finance, leading the finance department and in-house financial analyst team. His role is responsible for overseeing placement of all debt capital, acquisitions, dispositions, financial analysis and modeling, and market analysis and research. He also assists with asset management.

Travis has been with Stark for 10 years, joining as a financial analyst after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Akron.

Travis currently lives in Akron with his wife. He enjoys live music, hiking camping, traveling and Cleveland sports.

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