Founded out of a Texas A&M University dorm room by James Benham, father Jim Benham, and best friend Sebastian Costa.
Began working with first insurance industry client to build an enterprise risk management solution.
Developed the SmartBid construction bid software product for commercial general contractors.
Developed the SmartCompliance online certificate of insurance tracking software product for risk managers.
Developed the SmartReality augmented and virtual reality wearable and mobile app for construction project visualization.
Established the JBKLabs research & development team for investigating and implementing emerging technology.
Developed the SmartInsight online construction network to help construction companies find, qualify and connect with contractors for project opportunities.
Added Consulting division to help transform AEC companies struggling with technology strategy, selection and adoption.
Launched the first construction technology podcast, The ConTechCrew, to talk with industry experts and influencers.
Continuing to expand global network of clients, offices and geeks, but still headquartered in College Station, Texas.
SmartBid construction bid software and SmartInsight subcontractor network acquired by ConstructConnect.
Launched TerraClaim, a risk management software for property & casualty insurance that combines claims management and benchmarking. The all-in-one system streamlines processes for adjusters and continues to grow in popularity.
The InsureTechGeek podcast goes live! The InsureTechGeek hosted by James Benham, is a weekly podcast featuring the innovators using technology to change the insurance industry!
A question we hear often is “Why does JBKnowledge specialize in technology for insurance and construction?” The journey into insurance technology services began when they recognized an opportunity to apply their expertise in technology to provide software, IT, consulting, and other services for the insurance industry. With the ever-changing landscape of claims management, billing, compliance, and other facets of the industry, insurance can be improved with technology – we wanted to help!
JBKnowledge entered the construction industry a few years later in 2006, when we developed the bid management software, SmartBid. Upon entering the construction industry with SmartBid, we noticed construction is slow to adopt technology and set out to navigate the obstacles stopping companies from using construction technology. JBKnowledge created The ConTech Roadshow, Annual Construction Technology Report, and weekly podcast The ConTechCrew to promote construction technology education and tech adoption to the masses. We have since added consulting services to assist companies with their technology transformation.
Our goal is to make the world a more tech-savvy place, insurance and construction are simply where we started.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Co-Founder and CEO James Benham has been developing information technology since the age of 11 and running a business since the age of 14. James received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2001 and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems in 2002 from Texas A&M University and also serves as a City Councilman for Bryan/College Station. James speaks around the world on the future of information technology in construction, insurance and risk management Learn more at jamesbenham.com
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President James T. “Jim” Benham has owned and led five companies over the past thirty two years. He brings his experience with manufacturing and service companies, along with extensive financial planning and management skills, to the JBKnowledge team. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1965.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Sebastian and James met in high school computer class and co-founded JBKnowledge with the help of James’ dad in their final year of university. Sebastian has been critical to JBKnowledge’s development and growth as an organization by leading the operations behind the development, marketing, sales and support of our services and products. Sebastian received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Nicholls State University in 2001.
JBKnowledge is a family of professionals building great technology for Insurance and Construction since 2001. Our team of consultants, analysts, developers and designers help companies build the technology they need to stay competitive - and help them find their inner geek along the way.