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James Jenkins

James Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer


James is the founder and CEO of RiskWell, an independent agency located in McKinney, TX. After spending 6+ years on the captive agent side of the industry, James made his Freedom Jump and opened what is now RiskWell in April 2019. From the beginning, James has been committed to building a business that thrives on efficiency, strong culture, innovation, and extremely high organizational agility. RiskWell has achieved the $1M gross revenue mark and currently has eight team members.

James attributes much of his team’s success to staying focused on niche specialization. RiskWell is a nationally recognized expert in serving real estate investors of every shape and size. They insure more than 7,000 investment properties in 35+ states. Additionally, RiskWell serves more than 200 roofers, general contractors, and high-risk contractors.

James launched the Agency Freedom Podcast in 2021 with the mission of empowering insurance professionals to launch and grow independent agencies. AFP began with a focus on current and former captive agency owners and has evolved into a more holistic approach to growth and improvement.

A big part of James’ success comes from his commitment to professional growth and expertise. He holds the trifecta of professional designations in the P&C insurance world: Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM).

James’ business philosophy is centered on the key principles of integrity, consistency, advocacy, results, and expertise. He believes the best way to win people over is through clear communication, good follow through, tactical empathy and a resolute commitment to personal excellence.

James’ interests outside of work begin with his family and include cycling, photography and smoking delicious meats.

The topics James is most qualified to speak on include the following:

– Technology selection and implementation
– Commercial insurance sales tactics
– Niche specialization
– System and process optimization
– Team and culture development