On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (41 min interview), we are excited to feature James Benham (@JamesMBenham), CEO, and Co-founder of JB Knowledge (@JBKnowledge). JB Knowledge offers technology solutions for Insurance & Construction companies, transforming risk management technology and implementing technologies to transform construction projects. You name it; they can build it! JB Knowledge aims to make the world a more tech-savvy place; insurance and construction are just where they started.
With a lifetime of experience in entrepreneurship and innovative technology, James is on the Texas Southern University Board of Regents, appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in October of 2020, all while running JB Knowledge. James has always had a go-getter personality, believing that we can all bring innovation to various parts of life. He finds his inspiration in geeking out over technology, flying planes, practicing jiu jitsu, and hanging out with his two daughters.
- A recap of James' career, including his University degrees, founding JB Knowledge, and traveling and working worldwide.
- The future of employment, particularly how technology and automation will influence the future of work.
- James' time as a City Council Member with the city of College Station and how he introduced innovation to the 125,000 residents to create a smarter city.
- Why the world needs more doers and fewer critics for us to move forward.
- The difference between wasting time or making time and how the human brain is the best computer ever built.
During John's time as CEO of JB Knowledge, he has revolutionized how technology impacts the construction and insurance industries, creating a seamless workflow for business owners through innovation and automation. He now leads a team of 250 global employees and actively searches for new ways to bring innovation to all corners of life. During his time as a City Council Member with the city of College Station, TX, he introduced elements of a smart city by digitizing and automating aspects of their processes, and he hasn't stopped there. In conjunction with running JB Knowledge, John is a Regent at Texas Southern University, where he enjoys educating and advising the next generation about entrepreneurship and innovative technology.
We hope you all enjoyed hearing about John’s story, and hopefully feel inspired to bring innovation to a part of your life.
- All good things, Luke Lightning, PhD
* The Future Construct podcast is produced by the team at BIM Designs, Inc. BIM Designs, Inc. is a minority-owned, US-based, union-signatory preconstruction technology firm, offering turnkey BIM modeling, laser scanning, coordination management, and other VDC solutions to the AEC industry. We'd love to talk with you!
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00:37 Amy Peck introduces John Benham, the CEO and Co-Founder of JB Knowledge, and his work experience.
02:52 What inspired the move to Texas, with it being a tech hub? Explain your thought-process for the move.
07:38 How do you ensure that you are intentional with the way you spend your time? What do you think of people who spend a lot of their time complaining, rather than acting on the things they want to do?
18:00 What are some strategies that you’ve employed at your company and that you recommend to other business owners? In terms of retraining the workforce, and integrating technology in a positive way.
23:55 How can companies stay relevant with the technology life cycle and innovation cycles being so short?
35:26 Tell me about your daughters. Are they interested in technology? Are they interested in flying?
38:22 If you could project yourself 20 years into the future, and you can bring one product or service with you that makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?
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Luke joined the BIM Designs team in June 2020 as the Head of Business Development and helps oversee the business development and marketing team's objectives. With over 8 years of business development and sales experience working with startups, accelerators, investors and global enterprise-level companies, he has successfully helped startups scale their sales operations. Previously, he worked in the biotech industry as a research leader for over 9 years resulting in an IPO in 2011.