Mark Moskowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Argo Real Estate, brings more than 30 years of experience to his role at the helm of both the property management and brokerage divisions.
The son of the firm's founder, Henry Moskowitz, Mark joined Argo Real Estate in 1980 as a bookkeeper and ascended through many facets of the business including as property manager, salesperson, broker and project manager before being promoted to his current office.
He is responsible for Argo’s strategic planning and positioning and leads a team of dedicated executives with more than 110 years of combined real estate experience. Under Mark’s guidance, Argo currently owns and manages 5,500 units in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey, and manages an additional 6,500 units on behalf of condominiums and cooperatives.
Mark has a longstanding interest and expertise in systems, operations, business management, and the renovation of commercial office, hotel and historic and landmarked properties. Standout renovation projects include the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue, and a residential cooperative at 200 West 86th Street. He is a principal of several properties and has managed the successful conversion of multiple luxury apartment buildings in Manhattan. In addition, Mark is often called upon for his knowledge about the rights of building owners of cooperative, condominium and rental properties, and the process of protecting those rights.
A graduate of Columbia College, 1985, Mark also received his M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Executive Program. In 1986, he completed Wharton's School of Business's Family Business Program.
Through Mark’s leadership, Argo Real Estate works with the Broadway Malls Association to maintain and beautify medians along Broadway. He also serves on the board of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. Mark enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. He is an avid skier, runner and fitness enthusiast.
Julie ZurawChief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Mark FeinbergChief Financial Officer
Mark Feinberg is a 30-year veteran of the financial industry. Since beginning his career with Argo in 1991, Mark has helped triple the firm’s business. Beyond the numbers, he also plays a key role in operations, and is known for motivating staff; holding regular meetings, tutorials and discussions in order to push advancements that aid in the overall growth of the company. Mark maintains a current knowledge and awareness of the newest technological innovations and is responsible for Argo’s strategic technology plan to preserve the firm’s efficient operations and client-centered service.
Prior to his affiliation with Argo, Mark was employed in the management consulting groups of Touche Ross & Co. and KMPG. He specialized in developing financial forecasts for major real estate development projects in the Northeast.
A graduate of Rutgers College, Mark earned an MBA in real estate finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Business, and is a New York and New Jersey Certified Public Accountant. A native of New Jersey, Mark was raised in a family of real estate builders and developers.
Mark enjoys spending his time out of the office with family. He is an avid skier and likes to travel and play golf. A sports buff, Mark is on the Board of the Directors of the National Football Foundation and the Manhattan Babe Ruth League.
Chief Financial Officer
Barry BrandtDirector of Sales
As Argo Residential’s Director of Sales, Barry Brandt possesses more than 20 years of real estate industry experience. He holds unparalleled knowledge of the New York real estate market thanks to an industry immersion that began in his mid-teens. Known for his keen ability to create successful sales strategies, he is an expert in all aspects of the transaction process, both in the residential and commercial sectors.
Prior to joining Argo, Barry worked as Director of Leasing and Marketing at Stonehenge Management and as Director of Sales and Marketing at AGBH Birchwood. At Stonehenge, he supervised a portfolio of more than 2,600 luxury residential rental apartments in Manhattan that included The Ritz Plaza, The Olivia, 20 Park Avenue, 41 Park Avenue and 8 Gramercy. For AGBH, Barry created successful sales and marketing campaigns for a portfolio of 500 unsold sponsor units located in 11 buildings throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Over the course of his career, Barry has worked with such high-profile industry figures as Larry Silverstein, Harry Macklowe, Hal Fetner, Laurie Zucker, Joe Moinian and the Albanese family. He was a member of the development team honored with the 2009 Project of the Year Award by the Urban Land Institute of New Jersey, and in 2000 spearheaded the team that received two Advertising Age ADDY Awards for creative design in real estate marketing.Barry earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Urban Planning at Columbia University. He is a licensed New York real estate broker, and holds real estate sales licenses in Florida and California. A native Manhattanite, Barry currently lives on the Upper East Side.
Director of Sales
Marina HigginsVice President, Director of Leasing
Marina Higgins specializes in leasing residential and commercial properties, as well as managing a portfolio of mid- and high-rise residential and retail properties in New York City. With 33 years of experience at Argo, she has particular expertise in real estate law, compliance and New York City Building and Housing Department policy.
Marina joined the Argo team in 1978 as the director of leasing. Since joining Argo, she has negotiated more than 150 retail leases and administered more than 25,000 residential leases. She became the director of management in 1987, and was promoted to vice president in 1989.
A self described detail-oriented, inquisitive problem solver, Marina has successfully spearheaded many business enhancing initiatives at Argo, including starting the third party management aspect of the firm. She also handles design development for renovations with Argo’s president and chief executive officer, Mark Moskowitz.
A long-time Upper West Side resident, Marina provides Argo clients with a more intimate understanding of pre-war properties and the community as a whole. She is also a member of the Neighborhood In The Nineties block association, which represents more than 10,000 Upper West Side residents.
Marina has been a contributing writer for Better Buildings magazine and has been a guest speaker at the New York Cooperator Coop and Condo Expo. A licensed Real Estate Broker since 1978, she is also an active member of the Commercial Real Estate Women Network, the industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to supporting the achievements of women in commercial real estate.
Outside of the office, Marina enjoys spending time with friends and family, hosting gourmet dinner parties and traveling. She is also an advocate for Habitats for Humanity, Save the Children and with Argo, the Broadway Malls Association, to help maintain and beautify medians along Broadway.
Vice President, Director of Leasing
Wendy MoskowitzGeneral Counsel
As the in-house legal counsel for Argo Real Estate, Wendy Moskowitz handles the company’s non-litigation work, focusing on commercial leasing, contracts and corporate/partnership matters. She also provides legal consultation and advice on management and compliance issues, and acts as a liaison with outside counsel for the company.
Wendy joined Argo in the early 1990’s. She was previously an associate at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in California and New York, and also worked at the New York law firm Sonnenschein, Sherman & Deutsch, LLP. Wendy graduated from Brown University in 1978 and earned her law degree from Hofstra Law School in 1981. She is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut and California, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.
In her free time, Wendy enjoys running and physical fitness, as well as spending time with her husband and four children. She is also an active member of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and serves on the Board of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.
Judy CelenzaDirector of Human Resources
Judy Celenza is responsible for office operations, employee payroll and tax payments. She is also responsible for all third party managed buildings’ union reporting and benefits remittance, as well as audits, analysis and deductions. Judy is an expert in corporate bookkeeping and has worked in the accounting field since she began her career.
After serving as controller for several luxury hotels in Manhattan including the Argo-owned Carlton Hotel, Judy joined Argo in 1991. She has also been payroll manager for a large Manhattan accounting firm.
Judy continues her education and stays up-to-date on all new trends, laws and happenings in HR by attending numerous seminars each year and has earned a number of ADP degrees.
An avid an animal lover, Judy owns a rescued schnauzer named Gretchen. When not at home in Jersey City, Judy also enjoys spending weekends at the beach with her husband, Joe.
Director of Human Resources
Diana DiazDirector of Closings
Diana Diaz has over 25 years experience in the real estate profession with 20 of those years being dedicated to working as a real estate transfer agent. In her experience, she has worked with NYC law firms representing the interest of cooperative and condominium sellers and buyers, in addition to working as the managing agent representative for NYC cooperative and condominium buildings. Over her career she has conducted thousands of real estate closings. In her capacity as Director of The Transfer Department for Argo, she not only oversees the day-to-day aspects of the closing department and it’s staff, but she also handles all of the inter-family, estate and trust transfers. She is also responsible for conducting cooperative closings for all of the properties in Argo’s portfolio and transitioning all properties in and out of Argo’s portfolio of buildings.
Formerly, Vice President of Corporate Operations for a mid-sized management company, prior to joining The Argo Corporation, Ms. Diaz’ experience is well-rounded. Although at one time or another she has worked in the many different positions within a management company, her expertise lies in running an efficient transfer department. She is a licensed as a NYC Real Estate Broker and Notary Public. She holds a B.A. in judicial studies, an M.A. in forensic psychology and is a 3rd year law student at New York Law School.
Director of Closings
Richard Apell has more than 20 years of experience in real estate accounting, including residential and commercial properties, and he specializes in accounting for cooperative and condominium associations.
Prior to joining Argo, Richard was a controller with a major real estate management company. Over the years, he has developed an expertise in budgeting and cash flow analysis, which has become an invaluable asset to Argo's management division and its clients. He takes a personal approach to financial management and handles every property and financial issue with an owner's perspective in mind.
Richard joined Argo in 2000 and is responsible for supervising a staff of 15. He oversees accounts receivable and payable, payroll, billing issues, financial assistance, year-end audits, procuring mortgages for Argo-owned properties, refinancing of Argo’s cooperative properties and assessing energy conservation/cost savings opportunities. He also handles monthly and annual Long Term Capital Funding planning, prepares management reports and reviews annual financial statements for the firm. Richard holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Accounting from Northeastern University.
Outside of the office, Richard enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends. His interests include traveling, golf and music.
Emily Astrof-BernsteinDirector of Management Operations
Director of Management Operations