Key Individuals & Staff
Peter Magistro, the President/Founder, of the company, holds a master’s degree in Finance from Fordham University. Peter began his real estate career in 1972 buying properties in the Bronx and Long Island while pursuing a career at Citibank, where he attained the title of Vice President. His positions within Citibank included Financial Controller, Real Estate Loan Underwriter and Facilities Director of Real Estate Management/Design and Construction. Peter is also active in community affairs, sponsoring the education of needy children and working with homeless prevention agencies. For many years, Peter donated his free time to volunteer as the supervising chef of the Bread and More Soup Kitchen in Long Island. In addition, he is on the Bronx Community Board 5 197-A Housing Committee, and is a member of the Enterprise Foundation’s NY Advisory Board.
Samantha Magistro, Managing Director of New Business, began her professional career as an intern at Bronx Pro. After four years of working on tax credit compliance and tenant income certifications, Samantha joined Bronx Pro as an Assistant Project Manager to work on an innovative renovation project - University Macombs Apartments. While pursuing post-graduate studies at Columbia, Samantha remained active in her field, interning at the Manhattan's Borough President's Office and holding a part-time position as a Project Manager at Enterprise Community Partners. Samantha returned to Bronx Pro full time in August 2008 to spearhead larger scale development projects and new business development. Samantha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Barnard College and a Master’s of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Morgan Magistro, Vice President and Manager of Financial Operations, began her professional career as an intern with Bronx Pro in 2004 and she joined the company fulltime as a Financial Analyst in 2006. By 2009, Morgan was given direct control of the financial operations of Bronx Pro’s Property Management and Development. During her time at Bronx Pro, Morgan successfully restructured the company’s financial systems by implementing profit seeking budgets and forecasting systems to identify key financial control points and strategies for Bronx Pro’s asset management. Morgan has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.
Margaret Magistro, Secretary/Treasurer, had a 10-year career with Citibank working in the Facilities Management Department as an administrative assistant. Margaret has worked at Bronx Pro for over 15 years and is in charge of accounting and bookkeeping and oversees the day-to-day financial business of Property Management. Margaret is also the co-founder and Secretary of the Survivors Art Foundation (www.survivorsartfoundation.org). Survivors Art is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping trauma victims and victims of domestic abuse heal through the expression of art. Survivors Art has exhibited art at the United Nations, Hofstra University, and the Smithsonian Museum.
Kenneth A. Bianchino, Chief of Staff, joined Bronx Pro in March of 2006. Prior to joining the company, Ken enjoyed a 40+ year career at Citibank. Ken served as a Citibank Vice President who supervised several Head Office operations, including Financial Controller for Citigroup, heading up all Major Buildings and Project Management for Citibank's downtown buildings. These buildings included 55 Wall Street, 111 Wall Street and 20 Exchange Place. Ken’s education includes a Degree from the American Institute of Banking as well an Economics degree from Fordham University. Ken is active in community affairs, dedicating his time to several non-profit boards.
Dawn S. Davis, Executive Vice President, joined Bronx Pro in February 2004. Prior to joining the firm, she enjoyed a 10-year career as a lending officer in community development real estate finance at Citibank (formerly European American Bank) and JP Morgan Chase. While in banking Dawn underwrote and closed over $133 million in construction and permanent financing for real estate transactions valued in excess of $250 million, resulting in the creation of 1,700 housing units and 119,000 SF of commercial space in New York City and Long Island. Prior to banking, Dawn held various positions in city government with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, Department of Business Services and Department of Parks and Recreation. Dawn has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia College, Columbia University and a master's degree in Urban Planning from New York University. In 2010 Dawn concluded a six year term as mayoral appointee to the NYC Water Board.
Justin Stein, Vice President of Acquisitions, joined Bronx Pro in 2014. Justin has over 9 years of real estate development and real estate finance experience. He worked as a project manager for a real estate developer, completing multifamily rental, condominium, mixed use and commercial developments throughout the tri-state area. He then joined Enterprise Community Investment where he was a Tax Credit Equity Underwriter, responsible for the underwriting and closing of the new construction and preservation of 1,360 units that had total project costs of over $443 million and equity investments of over $200 million. At Bronx Pro he is responsible for the acquisition and development of new projects. Justin has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley College.
Michael J. Wengroff, joined Bronx Pro in February 2006. Michael has over 20 years of experience as a commercial banker at Citibank and Israel Discount Bank in the areas of financial control, planning and lending in both the real estate and private banking disciplines. Prior to joining Bronx Pro, he spent the last 13 years as a commercial mortgage broker and a financial advisor for business and real estate matters. Michael has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago with a concentration in finance and business economics. He received his CPA license from the State of Illinois, has served as an advisor to the Arts & Business Council and as an adjunct professor at Fordham University in the Accounting department. Currently Michael, a NYS licensed real estate broker, is also a NYS licensed instructor for the New York Real Estate Institute, which offers courses for the licensing of Real Estate Brokers.
Jennifer Ryan, joined Bronx Pro in March of 2006. Previous to joining the organization, Jennifer led teams in project, operation and executive administration resulting from her nearly 30 years of experience in corporate management and human resource development. Active in community affairs, Jennifer has served on several boards including the Kings Park Heritage Museum Trustee, Smithtown Library Foundation and as president of Smithtown Business & Professional Women’s Network.
Steven J. Baranello, joined Bronx Pro in November of 2006. Steven has over 29 years of experience in construction, rehabilitation, development and home inspections. This experience extends to both the private and public sectors. Steven has spent the past 5 years as a home inspector and building consultant; and was previously a partner in a family-owned general contracting and development company. Steven has a BS degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is certified as a NYS Code Enforcement Officer. Steve is also a Licensed Home Inspector in NY, NJ & CT. He is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies and currently teaches courses for the licensing of home inspectors.