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James Chippendale, president of CSI Insurance, at the inauguration opening ceremonies stage

Most event attendees don’t think about all of the little details that make a festival, concert or celebration successful–but as any insurance professional knows, all of these pieces, no matter how insignificant they may seem, must be covered. Insuring a massive event like the presidential inauguration could seem daunting to most, but James Chippendale, president of CSI Insurance in Dallas, took it all in stride when his company insured the historical inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20–an event that drew roughly 2 million people.

CSI, founded by Chippendale 15 years ago, has insured major concert festivals such as Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, concert tours for performers such as the Dixie Chicks, and provides artists’ liability to other renowned musicians and bands. The company also has a division that insures hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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