STAR Experience

Take a step inside our 200,000 sq. ft. home. It’s where we create and deliver what Star is known for: extraordinary experiences, service and results. The environment embodies our DNA, experience the STAR culture.

Mark Johnson | Founder & CEO

Founding STAR in 1993, and serving as the CEO, Mark remains passionate about providing customers with experiential marketing solutions that help them and their organizations achieve the highest level of performance. With a commitment to build a world class organization, Mark has developed a Team of industry leaders that bring a sense of pride, confidence, and fulfillment to even the highest-profile projects. Mark has served on the board of international and national industry associations; as well as multiple nonprofits.

Rich Rizzardi | VP of Client Engagement

Leading STAR’s strategy, marketing, business development and client services, Rich brings a keen ability of connecting client strategy to execution. Following a lengthy career with Campbell Mithun and McCann, Rich went on to lead commercial strategy for several private equity and privately held companies as Business Unit President or Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. His focus at STAR is to ensure insightful strategy drives ROI for our clients.

Justin Dworak | VP of Creative

With 23 years of experience, Justin leads and inspires his team to design with purpose, focused on brand strategy and meaningful results. A graduate of Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Design Technology, he is an EDPA University Affiliation Co-Chair and former EDPA Designer of the Year recipient. Justin also lends his time, talents, and experience to countless students at both BSU and FIT through guest lecturing and mentorship.

Dave Whorton | Director of Sports and Entertainment Partnerships

Dave is a seasoned sales, marketing and sponsorship professional that thrives on delivering thoughtful, innovative solutions to brands, agencies and sports teams across the county. Over the course of his career, he has led the strategy development for several top organizations, including: Bank of America, the American Heart Association, AT&T, Good Sports, PepsiCo, Free Green Can (a Chicago-based startup), Bank of the West, Citizens Bank, IEG and several other leading brands.

Stephanie Gibbs | Client Services Manager

As Client Services Manager, Stephanie is responsible for providing management support to the extensive team of project managers at Star. Stephanie works closely with clients and develops in depth knowledge of their brand objectives and product attributes. She is a Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM) which enables her to share best practices in trade shows and events.

Tom Tessman | Account Director

In his role as Account Director, Tom Tessman is committed to helping clients succeed and build their brands through high-impact experiences. Prior to Star, Tom held account leadership and business growth roles for high-profile brands, advertising and communication agencies, and marketing insights firms. Tom is passionate about environmental issues and serves as a board member and volunteer for several community and nonprofit organizations.