As a pre-teen in Louisiana, James had already began teaching himself to code. Before the graduating from high school, a spark had already ignited James’ entrepreneurial spirit by owning and operating an internet service provider.
Post high school James went on to attend Texas A&M University, where he completed his undergrad and MBA. During his time at Texas A&M, James found more technology and kindred spirits to continue his passion for technology. Texas A&M afforded James the opportunity to experiment with new technology and participate in hackathons, but his most valued extra-curricular was his time serving as part of the prestigious Corps of Cadets.
During his final year at Texas A&M, under the advice of his father, James and partner founded the technology services company, JBKnowledge. Once James was in the CEO role, he noticed the gaps in his business school education when it came to alternatives to venture capital and fundraising. James lead the company through the 9/11 crisis, recessions, and other financial downturns while continuing to grow and remain self-funded.
Three years later after it was founded, JBKnowledge took on insurance enterprise software client for risk management. Shortly after, JBKnowledge developed construction software, SmartBid, SmartCompliance, SmartInsight, and SmartReality. As James and his team continued to make a strides in technology adoption, James has become a sought-after professional speaker on innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, insurance and construction industries.
In 2018, James sold JBKnowledge’s construction bidding software, SmartBid and launched claims management & benchmarking system, TerraClaim. James’ construction technology podcast, The ConTechCrew was ranked as the third most popular construction technology podcast in the US. He began hosting a second podcast InsureTechGeek insurance technology. The company that began in a dorm room has grown to a research & development lab, products division, consulting services, and media and PR services with operations on four continents – while still being self-funded and free of outside interests.
When James isn’t working hard on improving companies – his own or others, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas A&M Construction Science, and local politician in his home in College Station, Texas. During his free time James is an aviation enthusiast, Star Trek fan, tech gadget aficionado, and compulsive ‘life-James hacker’ using Lean Methodology.
His philosophy can be summed up simply with his catch phrase: