About James Benham - Entrepreneur, Technology Expert and Speaker:
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.
What James Benham Talks About:
Building a Mad Scientist: Driving New Innovation at Complacent Companies
What does it mean to be a “Mad Scientist”? While the term may conjure images of white lab coats and unkempt hair, James Benham argues a “Mad Scientist” is someone willing to disrupt the status quo and experiment in hopes of breaking down inefficiencies. In this presentation, James Benham challenges contractors to cultivate Mad Scientists within their teams to lead technology research and development efforts. Learn how to create a culture of innovation at your construction company by giving your team the tools and space to creatively solve problems with technology.
- Review the historical context of thought-leaders throughout the ages who were deemed “Mad Scientists of Technology”
- Identify the modern tools and processes today’s innovators use to evaluate and test technology on projects
- Explore how practical application of technology, curiosity, experimentation, and ‘tinkering’ can be used to awaken today’s generation of mad scientists
Lock-It or Lose-It: Why Every Company Should Be Concerned About Data Security
From executives to administrators, today’s business professionals find themselves contemplating the vulnerability of their data in the cloud. While “the cloud” offers unprecedented efficiencies in collaboration and centralization of data, implementation of cloud solutions is a daunting task for risk managers, requiring due diligence and strategic change management. In this presentation, James Benham, an enterprise risk technology consultant for the insurance and construction industries, will highlight the risks of cloud data and devices then identify the resources and best practices to manage those risks. Learn the basics of converting processes to the cloud without endangering your proprietary data along the way. Attendees will walk away with the tools to achieve greater efficiency, cloud software security and peace of mind in the cloud environments they employ.
- Discover the latest (and most common) cloud devices and platforms in use in 2018
- Explore the Cloud Security Alliance Big 9 Cloud Threats
and how they will affect your industry
- Discuss what real companies have learned from attacks on cloud security
- Discover the best tools and resources for securing cloud data solutions
The Future is Now: How Today’s Tech is Disrupting the World’s Oldest Industry
Technology is transforming the construction industry with new innovations every day. The launch of new mobile apps, autonomous drones, robotic stations, and wearable devices are shaping how the industry is evolving at such a rapid pace. Learn where your company stands and stands to improve with this energetic presentation by James Benham. Mr. Benham also uses insights from the 6th Annual Construction Technology Report to explain the impact of tech adoption, investments and trends. Learn to benchmark your company’s aptitude for technological transformation using the latest tools of the trade!
- Explore the history of VR, augmented reality, mobile devices, and wearables’ explosion onto the construction industry
- Learn the impact of drones on jobsites of the future
- Review the technology available to enhance and simplify workflows from the office to the job site
- Discuss how industry leaders are planning and budgeting for construction technology
James is one of those rare visionaries in the building and construction industry. He speaks about the future in building as it is today because we are now living in a time where the future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed.
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