Our Team

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Jim Bieri
Jim BieriPrincipal
Jim Bieri founded Bieri Company in 1976 in order to help both retail landlords and tenants successfully reach their real estate goals and is now a principal of Stokas Bieri Real Estate.

Mr. Bieri earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law. Mr. Bieri has provided a variety of services from business expansion planning to project leasing for some of the world’s most renowned retailers.

He holds the designation of International Council of Shopping Centers Senior Certified Leasing Specialist, and is a member of various professional, educational and civic organizations including the Urban Land Institute. He has served as Co-Chair of the Detroit Land Institute District Council and has served on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Athletic Club. Mr. Bieri also has served as Detroit Athletic Club Secretary and is a member of the Country Club of Detroit.

He is a frequent speaker at retail real estate events and is often quoted in various retail and business publications.

Stan Ames
Stan AmesGeneral Counsel
Stanley Ames joined Bieri Company in 1994 as General Counsel. He became a named member of Bieri Company legal department, Bieri & Ames, performing legal services for the firm’s retail clients.

Upon graduating cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1987, Mr. Ames worked at the law firm of Schwartz, Kelm, Warren & Rubenstein. During his five years there, Mr. Ames worked primarily in the real estate division, concentrating on commercial leasing and general business law. A majority of his time was spent negotiating leases for The Limited, Inc., The Art Works, Art Explosion and The Steak Escape, as well as other regional retailers.

In February 1992, Mr. Ames became General Counsel and Director of Real Estate and Franchise Development for Escape Enterprises, Inc., the franchisor of the Steak Escape restaurants. While with Escape Enterprises, Mr. Ames directed the growth of the company from a 70-unit chain to 110 stores nationwide and completed the sale of a Master Franchise in Singapore. He was also instrumental in helping the company evolve its franchise concept from one that was almost exclusively located in regional mall food courts, to one that is now expanding in airports, strip centers and other non-traditional locations.

Mr. Ames is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Lynette Ruffi
Lynette RuffiAdministrative Assistant
Mrs. Ruffi has been with Stokas Bieri Real Estate since 2007. Not only is she the smiling face that greets you when you visit our Downtown Detroit office and the friendly voice when you call, she also assists the team with the day to day business operations. Lynette makes travel reservations, researches area demographics, and prepares client reports.

Donna Barnett
Donna BarnettLeasing Representative
Donna Barnett has nearly 20 years of marketing experience with much of her experience being in the Real Estate and Finance sectors.
Ms. Barnett earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in marketing from Eastern Michigan University in 1996 and received her Real Estate Salespersons license in 2002. Ms. Barnett was able to incorporate her vast sales and marketing knowledge into building a successful Real Estate Business with Keller Williams and later became the Director of Marketing for one of the nation’s leading wholesale lenders.
In addition to her position with Stokas Bieri Real Estate, Ms. Barnett is the Founder of a successful corporate event planning company located in Downtown Detroit, as well as on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations serving those affected by domestic violence.
Jim Stokas
Jim StokasPrincipal
Jim Stokas formed Stokas Realty Advisors in 2001 in an effort to bring clients impeccable service framed by the highest level of integrity. He has over 34 years of retail brokerage experience and continues to develop strategic planning for retailers regionally, covering both expansion and disposition models.

Jim Stokas’ career as a retail broker began with Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate, Los Angeles in 1980. Jim was Senior Vice President of the CB Richard Ellis Los Angeles in 1990, where he was transferred to the CB Richard Ellis Southfield, Michigan office in an effort to shore up the Michigan retail department, where he acted as Senior Vice President of retail and assumed retail mentorship responsibilities. In 1999, he was recruited and joined Trammell Crow’s Detroit Retail Division as Senior Vice President.

With the formation of Stokas Realty Advisors in 2001, Jim continued to be very active in retail real estate by negotiating deals for marquis retailers and developing site strategies for locations in the Detroit Metro MSA and outside of Michigan. Jim also specializes in the sale and leasing of corporate excess properties for retailers. Delivering superior service resulting in great locations at or below market rents is the foundation of Jim’s success. He is recognized as a top retail broker nationally by his peers and by his clients.

Tracy Gogola
Tracy GogolaController/Leasing Rep
Tracy Gogola joined Stokas Bieri Real Estate in March 2001, applying her knowledge of business management and commercial real estate to her role as office manager, where her current role as client manager/leasing representative, she has worked with the following retail clients: Menchies, Get Nuts, Invicta, Zingara, Citizen Watch, TCC Wireless, IO Metro, Ghurka; as well as managing the daily activities of the office.

While working she earned an associate’s degree in business management from Macomb Community College in 2000. Mrs. Gogola has a great understanding of the intricate workings of the business. Mrs. Gogola is a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Michigan. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mrs. Gogola is also a licensed Esthetician in the State of Michigan.

Nanette WisemanParalegal
Nanette Wiseman joined Stokas Bieri in September 2011. Nanette assists with the review, analysis, preparation and interpretation of various legal documents, including commercial leases and accompanying documents.

Nanette graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies and a minor in Business Administration in June 1996. Upon graduating, Nanette worked in the corporate legal department of Comerica Bank primarily focusing on corporate loan document review and preparation. Since that time, Nanette has worked consistently in the commercial, residential and corporate real estate industry.

Nanette has three (3) children that keep her busy with their sports and extracurricular activities. She loves to golf, travel and doing anything outdoors.

Alex Bieri
Alex BieriLeasing Representative
Alex Bieri began his real estate career in 2004. He has aided SVS Vision, Planet Fitness, Tittle Boxing, Jos A Bank, Yankee Candle, Art Van Furniture, Great Gatherings, Zoup Fresh Soup, True Value Hardware and many other retailers with their site selection strategy and execution.

He has also been a leasing representative for many notable Metro Detroit projects including The Village at Bloomfield, Tech Plaza, Gateway Marketplace, GM Renaissance Center, The Ellington, Kercheval Place and Westborn Mall.

Mr. Bieri graduated from Purdue University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. Upon graduation from Purdue, he worked at RR Donnelley first in Chicago and then in Boston. While at RR Donnelley, he worked directly with over 200 catalog/retail RR Donnelley customers.
Mr. Bieri is a licensed Real Estate Associate Broker in Michigan. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Center (ICSC) and is currently the ICSC Michigan Idea Exchange Co-Chairman and is a past Michigan State Next Generation Chair. He’s also a member of the Detroit Athletic Club and is active in many Clubs within the Club at the DAC.
Alex enjoys running, golf and handball. He is married to Allison and they have two children, Benjamin and Grace.

Mac MacDermaid
Mac MacDermaidMarketing Assistant
Mac joined the Stokas Bieri team in early 2015 as the marketing assistant. She received a BS from Western Michigan University and an M.Ed. from Winthrop University. Mac holds an active real estate license in Michigan and has worked in the residential real estate field since 2011. She assists the team in site selection, creating videos & flyers, and website & social media management. As a professional photographer she’s able to truly showcase our properties.

Ms. MacDermaid is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In her free time, Mac enjoys getting involved in her community. She is a board member of the Redford Township Historical Commission and also volunteers with the Redford Cemetery Association & Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Sean Von Schwarz
Sean Von SchwarzLeasing Representative
Sean von Schwarz joined Stokas Bieri in 2016 as a Leasing Agent. He came to Stokas Bieri from The Butler Burgher Group where he worked as a commercial real estate appraiser. Since joining the team he has aided Pet Valu, Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market, and SVS Vision in providing site selection and evaluation.

Mr. von Schwarz graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995 with a B.S. in economics and concentration in money and banking. He has been working in real estate finance, development, and management for over 20 years.

Mr. von Schwarz is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and has been involved with the Urban Land Institute. In his spare time he enjoys golfing and tennis. Sean is married to his wife Angela and they have one child Meghan.