Mentor – Michael Kothakota

Michael Kothakota


Mike is the Chief Data Officer at DataTactix, is a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He served as an infantryman in the western part of Iraq from 2003 – 2005. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), and when he returned home, successfully opened a financial planning firm. Mike has since started other endeavors, but is most passionate about helping veterans continue to contribute to our society and leading the next great American economic cycle.

He has a Master’s of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, and has earned a Certificate in Data Science from John’s Hopkins University. He earned an MBA in Finance, and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from North Carolina State University. Mike’s financial background has generated numerous designations and is a Certified Financial Planner™ concentrating on small to mid-sized businesses.

A data scientist at heart, Mike values evidence-based practices in order to help move organizations forward. His role at DataTactix is to provide a neutral assessment of the data and help provide a path forward.