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Sonya Waitman

I grew up in an Air Force family, but have spent the past 10 years in Virginia, between school at William and Mary, and working around the D.C. area.  My hobbies include skiing, horseback riding, and the arts. 
Before coming to Vandy, I worked in IT as a consultant doing everything from database development to web design.  I have a passion for innovative business thinking and industrial design.  After Vandy I hope to purse a career combining these two interests. 



Innovate President

Peter H. LaMotte

Mr. LaMotte graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a degree in International Business. For the next four years Mr. LaMotte was with IBM in Los Angeles, CA working as a Account Executive.  He first managed IBM sales to Engineering and Architecture corporations, and then oversaw sales for IBM’s Los Angeles based internet and emerging technology companies.  After leaving IBM Mr. LaMotte assumed the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Intrepid Aviation.  He has worked in Corporate Development at Blackbaud Corporation, and started MidSouth Wifi a wireless networking company.


Co-Vice President (Marketing)

Alejandro Corpeno

Born and raised in Honduras where he performed his undegraduate studies in the computer systems field.
He started his first company at age 19 and since then he has been working on the web design and e-business industry with more than seven years of experience running his own business.

In 2004 he joins Owen Graduate School of Management to pursue his MBA studies with a special interest in entrepreneurship and e-
strategy consulting.



Co-Vice President
(Digital Marketing)

Michael Monteforte


Co-Vice President (Networking)

Prof. David A. Owens

Professor Owens serves on the faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Graduate School of Management in the area of organizational behavior.  Specializing in strategic innovation in business, Owens delivers executive education programs and consulting services to a wide range of clients in the U.S. and Europe.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Guardian and San Jose Mercury News, as well as on NPR’s Marketplace.




Phone: (615) 322-2673

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