Bryan/College Station, TX and Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB)
JBKnowledge, an information technology services and products provider to the construction, risk management, and insurance industries continues to exhibit a strong entrepreneurial spirit by being recognized at both Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University’s Aggie 100 and Louisiana State University Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute’s LSU 100. Founded in 2001 by Texas A&M Aggie James M. Benham and father LSU Tiger James T. “Jim” Benham, JBKnowledge is an impressive seven-time Aggie 100 honoree and a two-time LSU 100 honoree.
“Anyone in Texas who knows me, knows how much I love Texas A&M. Anyone who grew up with me in Louisiana, knows how much my family (and I when they aren’t playing the Aggies) love LSU. To be recognized by both of these institutions is an incredible honor. These awards are a result of the values, education and integrity that both Texas A&M and LSU instilled in my father and consequently myself, and we could not be more proud to bring them home,” stated JBKnowledge CEO, James Benham.
With a strong commitment to research and development, innovation, and adapting to industry technology needs, the firm is a proven leader in building intuitive solutions for builders, risk managers and insurance carriers alike. Since 2001, JBKnowledge has grown from from its Aggieland headquarters in Bryan/College Station, to have offices across the western hemisphere, serving clients in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, and Middle East.
“My son attended Texas A&M University, a great institution, but our family was raised on Louisiana State University. To have both universities recognize the company we’ve built together is humbling, to say the very least. Winning an award from the very people that set you on the path to achieve it is an incredible feeling,” added JBKnowledge Executive Vice CEO, Jim Benham.
Through its commitment to continually remain at the forefront of its industry and give back to the communities of LSU and Texas A&M Alumni that propelled it there, the firm has been able to find success through both good and bad economic conditions. As a multi-time honoree of both prestigious awards, the firm has proven that solid business ideas, conservative financial management, strong character, a committed family of employees, and dedication pay off.
About JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc
An information technology services and products provider, JBKnowledge, Inc. specializes in enterprise applications and databases, electronic data interchange, strategy consulting, mobile solutions, and web development for the construction, risk management and insurance industries. Makers of SmartBidNet,SmartCompliance, SmartInsight and SmartReality, JBKnowledge is based in Bryan/College Station, TX, and serves construction clients on an international basis.
About the Aggie 100
The Aggie 100, the first of its kind at the college level, was created by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, whose mission is to provide encouragement, education, networking and assistance to entrepreneurially-minded students, faculty and Texas businesses. The Aggie 100 is a unique way for Texas A&M University to demonstrate its pride in the accomplishments of its former students while enriching the educational experience for today’s students.
While there are many ways to define business success, the Aggie 100 focuses on growth as an indicator of job creation, product acceptance, and entrepreneurial vision. The Aggie 100 identifies, recognizes, and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world.
To qualify, companies were required to meet the following criteria:
o In business for 5 years or more as of June 30, 2014,
o Verifiable revenues of $250,000 or more for calendar year 2011, and
o Operations consistent with the Aggie Code of Honor.
Additionally, the company must meet one of the following leadership criteria:
o A Texas A&M University former student or group of former students must have owned 50% or more of the company from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013,
o A Texas A&M University former student must have served as the company’s chief executive (for example chairman, CEO or managing partner) from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013, or
o A Texas A&M University former student must have founded the company and been active as a member of its most senior management team from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013.
About The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship
The Texas A&M Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship provides encouragement, education, networking, and assistance to entrepreneurially-minded students, faculty, and Texas businesses. Founded in 1999, the Center is part of Mays Business School’s Department of Management. The Center enhances student education through campus speakers, competitions, work experiences, and financial support. The Texas A&M faculty and Office of Technology Commercialization also benefit from the Center’s educational programs, extensive business community network, and the entrepreneurial services.
The Center reaches the state’s business community through educational programs, business assistance, and access to University resources. The Center receives financial support from corporations, individuals, and sponsors who believe in the value of entrepreneurial education and the value of Texas businesses working with a world-class university.
The entire 2014 Aggie 100 list in its entirety can be viewed at http://www.aggie100.com.
About The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, the LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. For more information, visit sei.lsu.edu or call 225-578-0313.