David Wiles Kotch

David Wiles Kotch

IT Architect

Jacksonville, Florida Area
Information Technology and Services

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David Wiles Kotch's Overview

  • Senior Enterprise Architect at Availity
  • Volunteer at Boy Scouts of America
  • Cloud Architect at Inova Translational Medicine Institute
  • Volunteer at Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
  • Chief Architect, Social Impact Portfolios, Technology Strategy & Innovation at AARP
  • President and Founder at IT Heart dot org
  • System Architect, Community and Social Media Networks at AOL Time Warner
  • President and CEO; Founder at Anticipation Inc.

500+ connections


David Wiles Kotch's Summary

An Architect with extensive experience in portfolio, product, and people management for key industry leaders that have changed the world.

Over 23 years of innovation and passion in the online industry:
• Architecting community and messaging products for NPO, Fortune 100, and Venture Capital firms.

• Building, buying, and integrating billions of dollars worth of products, teams, and technologies.

• Improving vision, strategy, process, and technical design.

• Leading cross-functional teams, guiding execution, and delivering durable products and successful outcomes used by millions each and every day.

• Linchpin with three faces: Anthropologist, Cross-Pollinator, and Director

• Handling product, team, process, and technology onboarding, integration & redesign as a part of dozens of reorgs, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, and outsourcing efforts.

• Creating products, building systems, and evolving infrastructure in vast heterogeneous enterprise environments with a broad variety of implementation teams. Heavily focused on Systems of Innovation, Systems of Engagement, and shared/open platforms.

• Integrating enterprise systems at massive scale.

• Fostering agile intrapreneurial start-up environments within huge corporations.

• Accelerating roadmaps, processes, and projects in complex organizations with disciplined and adaptive methodologies.

• Enterprise Legacy Modernization (ELM): Prioritizing and transitioning legacy proprietary systems, monoliths, and mainframe applications into modern COTS, SaaS, and open-source solutions on midrange, farmed, and public cloud hosts to lower costs and improve operational efficiency.

• Vendor-neutral Technology Agnostic Design for cost & risk mitigation, and portability of projects & personnel.

David Wiles Kotch's Experience

Senior Enterprise Architect


Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

May 2014Present (5 months) Jacksonville, Florida Area

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

August 2011June 2014 (2 years 11 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Pack 1158 - Goose Creek District - National Capital Area Council

Den Leader and husband of the Pack Committee Chair.

Cloud Architect

Inova Translational Medicine Institute

November 2013April 2014 (6 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Introduced architectural discipline to the field of translational genomics and bioinformatics in order to bring scientific research to bear in practical and personalized clinical treatments.

• Kick started the transformation necessary to lead the convergence of multiple growth industries: health care, education, technology, and big data.

• Advanced ITMI’s mission to use genetic information to effectively manage or even prevent conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

• Cultivated the vision of some of the greatest minds in cancer and genomics research in order to align IT strategies for: an agile and secure hybrid cloud infrastructure, big data pipelining and warehousing at the multi- petabyte scale, scale-up (SGI UV 2000 like Stephen Hawking used for COSMOS - 1024 cores, 16TB, and 11 teraFLOPS per rack in a single system image) and scale-out (Amazon S3 and RedShift ParAccel) analytics systems on a research PaaS accessible to internal and collaborating scientists around the globe.

• Outlined plans for partner access to our platform, joint venture applications development, configuration and release management, team development, and product development.

• Sketched up guidelines and designs for a secure and regulatory-compliant hybrid cloud architecture for the startup, including distinct security zones and policies for research, clinical, and operational efforts. Blueprinted a simplified and minimalist starting point for monitored and resilient systems deployments. Outlined immediate steps necessary to clean up and secure a small number of legacy users and systems.

• Proposed an org structure and presented over a dozen (commission-free) candidates from my personal network who could start moving the ball forward.


Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

April 2008April 2014 (6 years 1 month) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Organized and participated in trail crews along the Appalachian Trail and several hundred miles of regional trails in Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Organized, promoted, and led various corporate volunteering events to tackle projects over the years.

Chief Architect, Social Impact Portfolios, Technology Strategy & Innovation


Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

July 2010January 2014 (3 years 7 months) Washington, DC

Helped the largest nonprofit membership organization in the US play catch-up in IT: architectural practices, digital strategy, analytics, and workforce productivity for 2,400 staff and 415,000 volunteers.

• Was the first Architect hired by the nonprofit to tackle oversight, advancement, and innovation in IT strategy as a dedicated resource to the formal discipline.

• Defined mission-area federated enterprise architecture in a pilot demonstrating a holistic architectural approach (business, information, applications, infrastructure, skills) and collaboration across several siloed business units to achieve best possible business alignment, agility, and IT investment value.

• Pioneered and defined the various Architect positions we would later hire. Demonstrated a very broad range of responsibilities balancing the VP's initial vision for the role with the differing needs of my peers: Directors of Client Engagement and App Dev. Demonstrated success that led to the formation of an 18-person Enterprise & Solutions Architecture team to continue the transformation. Interviewed, trained, and socialized the new team.

• Evangelized best practices in product development, architectural engagement, and solution delivery. Re-engineered business processes (BPR) and negotiated improvements to be followed by all of IT to help transform and modernize the business units we served.

• Led programs and projects transforming my portfolio around the core company mission. Authored and drove multi-year strategic initiatives delivering a modernized suite of tools and services to inform, engage, and manage very large (> 11 million) communities of donors, activists, and volunteers around issues such as health care, financial security, hunger, housing, income, and isolation.

• Pioneered the use of cloud technologies in the enterprise. Established a policy to Rent before Buy before Build to adopt more XaaS solutions, preparing for a datacenter consolidation and refocusing of IT resources.

President and Founder

IT Heart dot org

March 2008June 2011 (3 years 4 months)

Nonprofit IT services for nonprofits.

Convert unemployed and under-challenged IT workers into a volunteer force building products for deserving non-profits.

• Applied experience in the industry to bootstrapping a 501(c)(3) nonprofit IT services organization.

"Do something worthwhile with your free time. Enlist your friends in something more enriching than fertilizing your crops on Facebook."

System Architect, Community and Social Media Networks

AOL Time Warner

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; AOL; Internet industry

April 1996January 2010 (13 years 10 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Architect for the first internet company to make the Fortune 500 and later form the world’s largest media company. $350 Billion market cap and $30B revenue

• Managed new product dev & architecture of disruptive technologies in the pre-chasm internet space as well as full-lifecycle implementation of dozens of mainstream products and lines of business

• Also served as product manager, leader of managers, & mentor to execution teams on enterprise-scale world-class products

• Built products and services used by over 100 million people worldwide. Responsible for biz, info, app, infrastructure, & skills architecture for a portfolio of community products that generated over 1 Billion page views per month

• Pioneered agile delivery techniques that led to large-scale retraining efforts around the world

• Designed, built, integrated, modernized, and sunset systems for some of the biggest brands in the history of the internet, including first-of-breed innovative products such as AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Buddy Feeds & Lifestream, Mapquest, Moviefone, Netscape, Apple.com, AOL.com, AIM.com, CompuServe, ICQ, Digital City, AOL City Guide, Ticketmaster, People Connection, AOL Profiles & Personalization, AOL Groups, Hometown (early consumer web hosting), Journals (early blogs), AOL Web Mail, Chat, Message Boards, Kids & Teens Channels, Love@AOL (earliest Photo Personals) and Match.com

• Planned and executed portfolios for open-services platforms for large public developer communities (ex. 20+ distinct businesses pushing API suites to the AOL Developer Network, 500,000+ holders of OpenAIM keys, moderator of internal 2500+ developer forum), social media and community apps, user-generated content (UGC) and personalization, web content mgmt systems (CMS WCM), custom apps for real-time service assurance, contact center & customer relationship management (CRM), and custom extract/transform/load (ETL) apps for data warehousing (EDW), business intelligence (BI), and decision support

President and CEO; Founder

Anticipation Inc.

January 1991August 1998 (7 years 8 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Managed multiple lines of business, including IT consulting.

Built interactive media applications before the dawn of the consumer Internet age.

• Developed early-generation BBS and web presence, publishing, catalogs, commerce, and community applications, including work for a PC equipment retailer, a Crystal City patent attorneys' practice, a botanical importer, and a major new interactive media company.

• Grew a Corp-to-Corp to a peak of 20 staff & consultants focused on business, product, and software dev. Carefully downsized over the last year, finding permanent positions or new contracts for all employees.

• Consulted for AOL Greenhouse Networks, providing cutting-edge architecture, product, and application development for in-house, venture capital, joint venture, and partner properties, including The Motley Fool, Moms Online, Hecklers Online, Entertainment Asylum, Real Fans Sports Network, Electra (women's channel), Santa's Home Page, and Love@AOL -- the #1 content property on America Online (at the time).

• Applied our "community-in-a-box" portfolio of Chat, Message Boards, Auditoriums (large-scale interactive celebrity chat events), viral products, games, newsletter subscriptions, guest writers' forums/blogs, custom search, end-user support apps, and other personalized and user-generated content products.

David Wiles Kotch's Skills & Expertise

  1. Technology Scouting
  2. Acquisition Integration
  3. Organizational Change Management
  4. Business Process Improvement
  5. Application Portfolio Management
  6. Start-up Consulting
  7. Intrapreneurship
  8. Thought Leadership
  9. IT Strategy
  10. Technology Planning
  11. Technology Adoption
  12. Crossing the Chasm
  13. Product Anthropologist
  14. Enterprise Architecture
  15. Architecture
  16. Technology Agnostic Design
  17. Project Portfolio Management
  18. Program Management
  19. Cloud Computing
  20. SaaS
  21. Agile Methodologies
  22. Scrum
  23. SDLC
  24. Non-profits
  25. Community Engagement Technologies
  26. Volunteer Management
  27. Customer Advocacy
  28. Technology Evangelist
  29. Technology
  30. Strategy
  31. Solution Architecture
  32. Application Architecture
  33. Enterprise Software
  34. Software Project Management
  35. Business Process
  36. Management
  37. Leadership
  38. Consulting
  39. Outsourcing
  40. Executive Management
  41. Business Development
  42. Process Improvement
  43. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  44. Software Development
  45. Management Consulting
  46. Architectures

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David Wiles Kotch's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Children
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Health
      • Human Rights
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Science and Technology
      • Social Services
    • Organizations I support:

      • Boy Scouts of America
      • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
      • Loudoun Interfaith Relief
      • Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue
      • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
      • Ocean Conservancy
      • The Sierra Club Foundation
      • Water For People
      • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
      • National Parks Conservation Association
      • Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics
      • AARP Foundation
      • National Audubon Society
      • National Fatherhood Initiative
      • Miriam's Kitchen
      • Network for Good

David Wiles Kotch's Education

Mary Washington College

Biology, Anthropology


Hillel, crew, fencing

George Mason University

graduate level biology and chemistry studies


gearing up for transfer to doctoral program (Palmer Chiropractic West)

Strayer University

BS, Computer Information Systems


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David Wiles Kotch's Additional Information


Scouting, PATC, hiking, backpacking, photography, computer geekery, harness racing, IDPA, USPSA, cooking, gardening, marine aquariums, radio control, hobby electronics, robotics

Groups and Associations:

AOL Alumni Association, PMI, Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, Certified ScrumMaster

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