James’ main motivation is to educate and entertain the audience.
James is known for his ease on stage and ability to leave his audience thinking about his message long after he is gone.
With twenty years of speaking experience, James’ resume of keynote speeches spans national and international events for construction, insurance, risk management, entrepreneurism, higher education, technology innovation, software development, and more.
James continues to build and invest in innovative tech products as CEO of JBKnowledge
While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first application. Three years later, he co-managed an internet services provider (ISP), providing dial-up Internet to over 4,000 users. James went on to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Information Systems while in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. During his final year at Texas A&M in 2001, James established his second company, JBKnowledge, Inc. He has continued to stay involved with his alma mater by joining the university faculty as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M.
James is now the Chief Executive Officer of JBKnowledge, and host of The ConTechCrew podcast. James has led JBKnowledge to become a premier provider of technology solutions for the construction and insurance industries, with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. As a rapidly growing business year after year, JBKnowledge is a seven-time recipient of the Aggie 100 award, six-time Newman 10 recipient, and was recently named to the LSU One Hundred for the second time. The company, and James, are headquartered in Bryan/College Station, TX with offices in North America and South America.
With extensive experience in the design, development and use of technology to improve efficiency, James is a sought-after speaker across the United States, Canada and abroad on business information technology, data security and innovative technology solutions. James’ dynamic speaking style allows him to share his vast technical knowledge in a down-to-earth, engaging manner. In 2015, James presented at a variety of national events including: Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) IT Forum, CONEXPO, Construction Financial Management Association Annual (CFMA) Conference, Construct Canada, BIMForum, Augmented World Expo (AWE), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Annual Convention, and more. In addition, he was recognized among ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40 for his advancements in construction technology and is a founding member of the Construction Open Standards Alliance.
AI and machine learning are allowing the world’s largest industries to process, integrate and predict data like never before—how will that affect how we assess risk? What existing and upcoming technologies are being leveraged to change the way adjusters manage claims? In this keynote, James Benham leads risk management professionals through the data, innovations, and issues driving the claims management and insurance systems of the future.
Less than 2% of tech startups successfully raise outside funds, which means 98% of tech founders need to know how to bootstrap and 2% need to know how to pick partners that won’t derail their vision. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, startup investor, or corporate innovator looking to partner with them, in this keynote you will learn the bootstrapping methodology and mindset that has fueled 20 years of profitable growth for James’ companies and clients.
Research & Development sounds like a concept only for the biggest budgets—but it’s really a bootstrapping mindset that can empower every employee to tinker, solve complex problems, and fix what bugs them. In this keynote, James Benham walks audiences through the mindset and award-winning process that his Fortune 1000 clients have used to develop and empower innovators throughout any organization.
When injuries happen in construction, it can cost millions of dollars. How do we mitigate and try to eliminate that risk? And how can the convergence of construction and insurance technologies be utilized to make it happen? In this keynote, James Benham shares how the cost of risk can be driven down by construction companies’ technology adoption and collaboration with insurance carriers. Together, this convergence can make construction projects more safe, compliant and profitable.
“James is a consummate professional: he arrives early, stays late and has the energy and enthusiasm to perk up over 100 real estate developers at 7:30am! James always makes an event planner look good. Thanks again for a fabulous presentation!”
— Director at Urban Development Institute-Pacific Region
“James was both inspirational and informative in his presentation on industry technology. James kept the audience intrigued and gasping for breath trying to absorb all that he professionally presented for almost 90 minutes. He could have gone another hour and kept our group mesmerized! The only complaint I would have is that we did not give James more time. I would strongly recommend him and his knowledge for any group! Be prepared to be blown away!”
— McCoy Construction
“James is a master at delivering technical insight on current construction software trends. He manages well to keep my interest growing in the future of tech in the construction demographic. I have thoroughly enjoyed his past presentations and look forward to attending more when available.”
Michael Veltri is a battle-hardened entrepreneur, bestselling author, and business transformation keynote speaker on a mission to teach successful professionals better decision-making skills to achieve peak performance with balance — not burnout.