Meet the team of Newdigs

Ben Munson
CEO & Co-founder

With a Realtor mother and an IT administrator father, Ben's passions for real estate and technology developed at a young age. After graduating from RIT cum laude in 2001 with a degree in finance and a certification in Management Information Systems, Ben went on to work as a business intelligence consultant for web-based reporting platforms before co-founding Newdigs with Daniel Mooney.

Ben Munson is also a landlord in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood, and a member of the South Wedge Planning Committee Board of Directors. He served on Mayor Bob Duffy's Economic Development Committee Transition Team in 2006.

Daniel Mooney
CTO & Co-founder

Daniel Mooney's technical expertise started with programming at a young age and has continued in his careers as a technical analyst, writer, system administrator, and web-designer. Daniel has worked with small businesses Premier Technical Communications (now Raland Technologies), located in Fairport, NY, and Premier Recruitment Group, located in Rochester, NY, and is currently CEO of another local startup, Canvas Data Systems.

Daniel has the unique experience of being a landlord and chief architect of a website that can help make this job easier, and is a newly added member of the Maplewood Neighborhood Association board.

Kristin Munson
Brand Evangelist

Kristin Munson has been spearheading branding and content creation in her role as Brand Evangelist since the earliest days of Newdigs. As a Newdigs Brand Evangelist, Kristin represents Newdigs at speaking engagements at local universities, trade shows, expos, and user focus groups. She manages the company's social media efforts, and develops the ever-evolving social media plan. While many companies talk "green," Kristin lives it, and keeps us accountable here at Newdigs. Kristin's interest in blogging began several years ago, when she started a video blog about urban homesteading in Rochester's South Wedge Neighborhood. While she no longer keeps the video blog, she still maintains a prolific vegetable garden and keeps a small flock of chickens in the city of Rochester, NY. Now Kristin's blogging efforts are channeled into Newdigs, where she heads up the storytelling department, managing teams of interns and bloggers to help tell the stories of the places you live in and love.

Kristin became a landlord in the South Wedge neighborhood at the age of 21, and uses her experiences as both a renter and landlord, and her frequent interactions with our customer base, to help us shape great solutions for simplifying the rental market.

Garry Wheeler
Lead Designer

When anything is in dire need of super sexy design, the term "Garrification" comes to mind. Garry has several years of freelance and professional experience with organizations around Upstate New York, including a 5-year stint with the RIT Office of Co-op and Careers as the in-house web and graphic designer. Garry joined the Newdigs team in Summer 2009 as a co-op student and has since left RIT to work with Newdigs full-time.

Eric Irish
UI Designer / Web Developer

Eric Irish is a Fellow at the Center for Student Innovation, and an Information Sciences and Technology student at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is our resident renaissance man. In addition to his work on UI design and prototype development of the Newdigs website, Eric professionally photographs properties in HDR for our full service listings and Rochester Rental Market Guide. Eric also developed the Newdigs mobile apps for Android and iPhone.

Ben Guidarelli
Web Developer

Ben Guidarelli graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelors degree in Physics, and a math minor. He brings a uniquely keen eye for problem-solving and analytics to Newdigs in his role as Web Developer, channeling his focus into bringing the data that's generated across the Newdigs platform to life in the landlord and renter dashboards. Ben believes there is room for a greatly improved approach to the renting experience, and works daily on bringing Newdigs users intelligent solutions.

Eric LaManna
Sales / University Campus Representative

Eric LaManna is a RIT Marketing student who will be graduating with a bachelors degree in May, 2010. During his third year at RIT, Eric gained real world experience as a marketing professional, working as a Product Management Co-op at GE. His interest in the rental market was sparked at a young age because of his father's apartment rental business. Eric was introduced to Newdigs during a collaboration between Newdigs and RIT's Golisano College of Computing and Information Science.

Honorable Mentions

Charles Zilm - Programmer

Kate Coles - Director of UI Experience