The Contrarian Investment Strategy with Ezra Stark, CEO of Stark Enterprises

In this episode, Aaron sits down with Ezra Stark, CEO of Stark Enterprises. Founded in 1978 by Robert Stark, Stark Enterprises is a full-service commercial real estate development firm focused on Mixed-Use, Retail, Office, Student Housing, and Parking Facilities located across 10 States.

As CEO, Ezra has grown Stark’s footprint to include over 9 million square feet of Class A commercial properties that’s currently valued at over $2 Billion. Before being tapped in May 2022 for the CEO role, Ezra held several leadership roles at Stark, including SVP of property management and later as COO.

As a critical voice in the commercial real estate industry, Ezra regularly speaks on panels across the country, and shares perspectives on the market, investment, and what’s coming in his “From the desk of the CEO” online article series.

Ezra is a member and partner of the International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”). He’s been recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Businesses’ “40 under 40” for his accomplishments in the real estate industry.

Ezra graduated from Brandeis University, and New York University’s storied MBA program.

The Dealmakers’ Edge with A.Y. Strauss highlights the stories, successes, and struggles behind major commercial real estate investors. Each episode offers a behind-the-scenes look at commercial real estate leaders and their unique edge.

Hosted by Aaron Y. Strauss, Managing Partner at A.Y. Strauss

Aaron Y. Strauss is one of the leading legal advisors in the commercial real estate industry, providing insight and guidance for billions worth of transactions during his career. As our firm’s founder and managing partner, he has positioned A.Y. Strauss as one of the region’s most respected law firms for commercial real estate owners, lenders and sponsors, serving the needs of our clients with the utmost in care, integrity and transparency.