Management Team

  • Thomas A. Lamar, III  Founder and Board Member

    Tom has 20+ years of experience in both big data and retail as a successful technology entrepreneur and industrial designer. As an early stage organizer of a number of software companies, including Inktomi (INKT), purchased by Yahoo!, Tom has leveraged his cross industry experience and knowledge to firmly place Aptidata at the intersection of search, big data, fintech and retail.

  • E. Cody Laird, III  Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Board Member

    Cody has 21+ years in Information Technology with SunTrust Bank. As the chief architect of the current SunTrust Retail Banking Platform he integrated over 20 different internal and external systems to allow every major line of business within SunTrust to access and maintain the customer relationship.


  • David A. Brewer  Founder

    David is the Managing Partner of Aragon Ventures, a Menlo Park, California venture capital firm specializing in early stage, high technology companies. He has over 35 years’ experience in Silicon Valley startup companies and was the CEO and/or CFO of six companies which he co-founded. He was Co-Founder, initial President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and director of Inktomi Corporation, an internet software developer. Mr. Brewer currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Notify Technology Corp., Seros Medical LLC and the End Poverty Foundation.

  • I. Sigmund Mosley, Jr.

    I. Sigmund Mosley, Jr. is president of Imlay Investments, Inc, the personal investment company of John P. Imlay, Jr.. From 1968 to 1969, Mr. Mosley was employed by Peat Marwick & Mitchell as a staff accountant. He joined Management Science America, Inc. in 1969 as a staff accountant and served as secretary-treasurer from 1972 to 1990 and was a vice president from 1982 to 1991.
    Mr. Mosley serves on the board of directors of the several private companies. In addition, Mr. Mosley is a director of The Imlay Foundation, Inc, Techbridge, and Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Southeast. Mr. Mosley is also a director of GATV, the Atlanta CEO Council, TiE Atlanta and TAG. He also serves on the advisory board of the ATDC, the investment committee of Gray Ghost DOEN Social Ventures Coöper and on the GRA Venture Fund Board. Mr. Mosley is managing member of Flashpoint Investors, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University in 1968.

  • Andrew Prozes

    Andy is currently a Senior Advisor with Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. From 2000 until the end of 2010 he served as a Director of Reed Elsevier, and as CEO of LexisNexis Group, a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions. Prior to joining Reed Elsevier, Mr. Prozes served as EVP and COO of West Group, part of the Thomson Reuters Corporation, from 1997 to 2000. He is a Director of the Cott Corporation, Asset International Inc, the Bruce Museum of Greenwich, Connecticut, Executive Committee Member of The Atlantic Council, and a Member of The Supreme Court Historical Society. As a past Chairman of The US Information Industry Association (now SIAA) he has also served on the boards of the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Canadian Newspaper Association.


  • Armando Escalante

    With over 20 years of high-tech experience Armando is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Opera Solutions, a Big Data enterprise solutions provider.  Prior to Opera solutions he was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LexisNexis, as well as Head of HPCC Systems.  Armando has also held senior positions at Bell Labs, EPSON America, Vignette, and Unisys Corp.  Having completed his undergraduate degree from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Armando also holds an Ms Cs in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology (in Hoboken, NJ), an MBA in Finance from West Coast University, and Executive Certificates from Harvard Business School.  He is also working on an Innovation Certificate from MIT.

  • Paul Freet,  Founder

    Paul is a Principal with Georgia Institute of Technology’s VentureLab where he aids professors and researchers to create startup companies based on their research. Paul was the founder and CEO of venture- capital-backed Racemi, a pioneer in server blades and cloud software. In November of 2007, he was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni.

  • Michael Gade

    Michael is the former SVP Merchandising and CMO at 7-Eleven. Prior to that he was a Regional Operations Officer and Corporate VP at The Home Depot. Michael was also Chairman Retailing and Consumer Products at Coopers & Lybrand. Michael serves on a number of corporate boards including Rent-a-Center and MFRI. He is currently an Executive in Residence with the University of North Texas.

  • Benn R. Konsynski, PhD

    Dr. Konsynski arrived at Goizueta Business School following six years on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA program and several executive programs. Prior to arriving at HBS, he was a professor at the University of Arizona where he was a co- founder of the university’s multimillion dollar group decision support laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University and specializes in electronic data interchange (EDI), channel systems, electronic integration, information partnerships and digital commerce.

  • Marion Smith

    Currently Co-Founder-President and CEO – Renewvia Energy Corporation - a Solar Developer of large-scale rooftop solar power plants located on investment-grade industrial warehouses. Mr. Smith’s experiences include: building four companies from start-up to commercial operations, building a company from a 6 person start up to a 500 employee publicly-traded company with a peak market-cap of $25 Billion, raising over $15 million in venture/angel investment in early stage companies. Prior to starting Renewvia Energy, Mr. Smith founded Micron, Georgia’s leading mosquito misting company. As President and CEO, he directed the operational and strategic path of this rapidly growing business. Mr. Smith negotiated a sale of the business resulting in a return of over 150% on invested capital. Prior to Micron, he acted as President and CEO of e-lingo Corporation. During his tenure at E- lingo, Mr. Smith raised over $10 million in venture capital. E-lingowas recognized as the world-market leader in the online, OEM internet language translation business.

  • Michael Sorensen, PhD

    For over ten years, Michael has actively explored how big data can be used to solve important problems. During his Ph.D. research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he demonstrated how complex statistical analysis could be used to improve the performance of neural prosthetic devices. He then founded Simatra Modeling Technologies, a start-up producing cutting-edge solutions for mathematical modeling on high-performance computing devices. He now works as a data scientist and data visualization expert for a Fortune 50 technology company in Austin, TX.

  • John Wallace

    Most recently Mr. Wallace is the founder of Chastain Advisors, a strategic advisory firm that provides strategy advice to medium and large-size companies. Mr. Wallace’s experience includes 4 years of investment banking at The Robinson-Humphrey Company as an Associate Investment Banker. He also spent 12 years as a Strategy Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he managed the firm’s Consumer Goods and Retail practice in the Southeast, working for both retailers and CPG companies ranging from Fortune 50 to small start-up companies. After that, he spent three years working for Georgia-Pacific, as a Marketing and Selling Strategist in both the U.S. and Europe for their consumer products division.

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