Innovative Architects: Executive Team
Scott McMichael was first introduced to Innovative Architects as a client seeking
a partnership with a firm filled with Microsoft rock stars. He later joined IA in
2006 serving in a variety of capacities and was named Chief Operating Officer in
2012. It wasn’t a hard move, since Scott excels in operational leadership
and is passionate about process improvement and delivery excellence. In his day-to-day
operations at Innovative Architects, Scott works closely with the project management
team to ensure that the client receives the highest quality product in a timely
You’ll often find Scott working behind the scenes on Innovative Architect’s go-to-market service offerings. He is always striving to produce the most innovative, freshest ideas and services. In his free time, Scott is the busy father of four kids. Scott enjoys music and even worked as a professional DJ for 15 years. Ask him about his emcee days and you are sure to receive an abundance of entertaining stories and a good laugh.
EVP, Strategic Business Development
As Innovative Architect’s Chief Delivery Officer, Jay is responsible for leading
a talented team of Account Delivery Managers. The team ensures that Innovative Architect’s
projects are successfully delivered with the highest quality and customer satisfaction
through project coordination, risk assessment and communication as well as solution
analysis and documentation.
Jay is one of the newest members to Innovative Architect’s executive team, bringing a wealth of experience in account management, implementation, and product management. Jay’s excitement about contributing to the success of Innovative Architects is contagious and ensures that his team is always ready to go the extra mile. In his spare time, Jay enjoys spending time with family, rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs, and watching movies.
EVP, Technology / CTO
Rich’s friendly demeanor and intellect impresses everyone he meets—from
the boardroom to the deli shop. Before joining IA in 2006, Rich obtained a bachelor’s
degree and a master’s degree in computer science from The University of South
Carolina. He then used his education to teach computer science to undergrad/graduate
students and 4th and 5th grade students in a local school. If that wasn’t
enough, he also taught math/science/engineering methods to 4th and 5th grade teachers!
During his time at IA, Rich has excelled in his career, moving from a Senior Architect to CTO & General Manager of the newly formed DC office. He holds numerous awards in his field and enjoys the challenges that come with his position. Outside of IA, Rich is a fun, humorous, approachable, and down-to-earth guy that his clients and coworkers know and love. He loves music and has a special place in his heart for the annual Austin City Limits festival.
VP, Strategic Alliances
Jim Coxe is an accomplished sales executive with a proven track record of success.
After working for companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, Jim joined the Innovative
Architect team in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Sales. In his role, Jim is responsible
for analyzing, improving, and stream-lining Innovative Architect’s offering.
Jim’s passion is building and maintaining long-term relationships with clients.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in both internal IT organizations and sales
and consulting, and has consistently demonstrated innovative approaches to IT strategies
that drive business competitiveness.
When he is not striving to meet and exceed sales goals, Jim enjoys playing golf, exercising, and spending time outdoors with his wife and two golden retrievers. Jim received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia, and his Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.
VP / GM South Florida Office
Having worked with Innovative Architects long before coming on-board as Chief Information
Officer in 2011, Tim Shine was impressed with Innovative Architect’s culture,
talent and professionalism. Before IA, Tim worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies
and various degrees of positions and leadership roles. His main focus during the
beginning of his career was Information Technology leadership, Microsoft technologies,
software development, and information technology process improvement. Tim is also
experienced with working with businesses to ensure SOX/SAS 70/SSAE16 compliancy
with business process improvements and controls.
Tim is known around the office for taking risks and not being afraid to fail – an attribute that has help make him a valuable asset to the IA team. In his free time, Tim enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two sons. He is also an avid runner, recently completing his first (and definitely last) marathon.
VP / GM D.C. Office
Yang Cao helps head up the Innovative Architect’s DC office as Director of
Integration Service. Before IA, Yang had a variety of roles such as teacher, software
developer, team lead, development manager, solutions architect, and consultant for
companies such as McKesson, Roche, Eclipsys, Avanade, and LPS. Yang has used his
talent and experience to help IA grow and expand over the past few years. Described
as being incredibly dedicated, consistent, and flexible, Yang has been a great contribution
to the IA team.
When he is not mastering the challenges of day-to-day work, Yang enjoys being active, reading, and cooking. He also has aspirations to be a farmer.
VP, State & Local Government
(Bio to come)