Insurance Companies for Amusement Rides

Big Top Inflatables does not endorse or recommend any of the following insurance companies*:

Allied Specialty of Texas  (800) 235-8774
Allied Specialty Insurance, Inc., Florida (800) 237-3355
Amusement Insurance Resources (AIR) (440) 248-4711
Beckman Insurance Agency (262) 797-8160
Boomers Event Insurance Services (818) 974-6999
Cossia (The CIA) (864) 688-0121
CM Meiers (818) 974-6999
DeMaster-Daniel Insurance Agency (512) 847-5547
Ed Flores Insurance Agency (915) 857-3300
Event Planners Association (866) 380-3372
Fred Rhodes & Company (713) 995-0305
Friedman Group, Inc. (563) 556-0272
Gilliam Insurance Agency (281) 991-4900
Grace / Mayer Insurance Agency, Inc. (800) 279-2081
Haas & Wilkerson (800) 821-7703
Insurance Office of America / Miller Insurance (806) 236-3076
J Phillip Chubb (877) 734-9122
James Klein Insurance (714) 918-0914
Kaliff Insurance Agency (210) 829-7634
Liberty United Insurance Services, Inc. (888) 688-3788
Northeast Insurance Center (800) 719-9066
Sam Muradyan (888) 688-3788
Southwest Commercial Insurance (512) 771-6091
Specialty Insurance Managers, Inc. (713) 643-3257
Sterling & Sterling, Inc. (800) 767-7837
Thomco Insurance (800) 476-4940

* Data obtained from the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).

Big Top Sponsors 2017 PANDAS Event in San Antonio, Texas.

Big Top Inflatables & Tents (BTI) is serious about PANDAS Awareness, which affects 1 in 200 kids. PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep) causes sudden symptoms such as OCD, extreme anxiety, eating disorders, hyperactivity, defiance, deteriorating math and handwriting skills, sensory issues, physical tics, diminishing motor skills in otherwise healthy, sociable, talented and happy children. The change is acute, and while extremely frightening for the child (usually 3 – 14 in age) and their family, if properly diagnosed and treated, the child can overcome and return to their normal life. Awareness is Key!

BTI will be sponsoring the PANDAS Awareness Event, which will be held at the Quarry Golf Club located at 444 East Basse Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209 on Saturday, March 18, 2017 starting at 12 Noon. Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities are still available.

For more information or if you would like to donate, please contact BTI at 1.888.783.1060.

Thank you for your support.

Robert Savona, MSc, PMP
General Sales Manager
Big Top Inflatables & Tent Sales
A US Veteran-Owned Business

Disclaimer: Donations raised for S.A. Partners for PANDAS will go directly to support children and families affected by PANDAS. 50% will directly pay for the medical treatment of a child(ren) with financial need (to be determined by the S.A. Partners for PANDAS fund) and 50% will go to PANDAS Network, the leader in national PANDAS-PANS Advocacy. 501c3 calif corp. EIN # 37-1666562.

Inflatable Rules and Regulations for each State.

As part of their January 2017 Rental Management News Issue, the American Rental Association(ARA) compiled a summary of inflatable regulations by state. ARA reported they wanted to help those in the equipment, rental industry determine what laws and regulations they are subject to when renting inflatables.

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Big Top Inflatables & Tents – Checkout Kaliff Insurance!


SAN ANTONIO – September 24th, 2014 – Kaliff Insurance offers Affordable, Specialized Insurance Program for your Amusement and Event Business.

Kaliff Insurance Agency understands the needs and requirements of our Industry and will work had to offer the best coverage for the best price.

Kaliff Insurance
San Antonio, Texas
1-210-829-7634 (San Antonio, Texas)

Big Top is a Proud Member of the OABA (Outdoor Amusement Business Association)!

Big Top Inflatables and Tents (BTI) is now a Proud Member of the OABA (Outdoor Amusement Business Association)!

The OABA has been serving Industry Members for over 45 years and is committed to excellence. Association and members are held to a higher standard as outlined below:

I. To Serve the community, state, and nation by conducting business on the highest level of integrity…

II. To Maintain fair dealings with representatives, business associates, and employees…

BTI continues to grow and improve on excellence. BTI’s association and affiliation with the OABA is a testament of their loyalty and commitment to the amusement industry and high standards with the public.

Big Top Inflatables & Tent Sales Division
HQ: San Antonio, Texas
1.830.438.3100 (Toll Free)

Big Top Inflatables & Tents Celebrates 5 Years of BBB Accreditation!

This week, Big Top Inflatables & Tents (BTI), celebrates 5 years of accreditation by BBB serving their customers Worldwide. As a BBB Accredited Business, BTI is dedicated to promoting trust in the marketplace.

According to BBB reports by Princeton Research, seven in ten consumers say they are more likely to buy from a company designated as a BBB Accredited Business. BBB is a resource for the public, providing objective, unbiased information about businesses.

“We’re proud to celebrate 5 years of BBB Accreditation because we value building trust with our customers,” said Cynthia Savona (BTI CFO and Founder). Our BBB Accreditation gives our customers confidence in our commitment to maintaining high ethical standards of conduct.

BBB Accredited Businesses must adhere to BBB Accreditation Standards, a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices representing trustworthiness in the marketplace. The standards call for building trust, embodying integrity, advertising honestly and telling the truth, being transparent, honoring promises, being responsive and safeguarding privacy.

Big Top Inflatables & Tent Sales Division
HQ: San Antonio, Texas
1.830.438.3100 (Toll Free)

Unit Inspections are Serious Business!

Spring is fast approaching and after years of operating an inflatable business of my own, the first thing that automatically comes to mind is Moonwalk & Water Slide season.

When you think of a bounce house, you think of fun. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the inflatable industry is regulated and each state has different laws as to what is required to operate an inflatable / amusement business. For instance here in the State of Texas, most anything one would rent for a backyard party or festival are required to be fully insured with at least $1 Million in coverage as well as be inspected by a qualified inspector every year and have a sticker issued by the state. These items include but are not limited to Inflatables, Rockwalls, Mechanical Bulls & Bungee Runs to name a few.

Why is a yearly inspection important? Well, when a bounce house or moonwalk is properly inspected the inspector would look for holes in the side netting or in the vinyl material that could lead to serious injuries. Cleanliness is also an issue. Generally, if the equipment is not clean, it is not safe. Maintaining high quality, trouble-free equipment is a critical aspect to your inflatable business.

Here at Glynn Barclay & Associates, Inc. we believe more than 80 percent of bounce house operators aren’t compliant with state law here in Texas, (this is an estimate not an exact number). As to reasons why so many companies are not compliant, we strongly believe some owners simply have no idea that the law exists. This happens due to people just not doing their homework and research on the internet for news in the industry. Then there are the companies that know about the laws and simply choose not to operate legally. This is unfortunate for the law abiding business owners because they are often under cut in pricing by these people who do not have the same overhead costs.

The Texas Department of Insurance or TDI regulates and monitors the bounce house industry and says they have identified this issue of companies not being compliant as a concern. While TDI monitors and regulates the industry, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and local law enforcement are responsible for enforcement. The fines for non-compliant companies can be up to $2,000 a day and jail time of up to six months in jail if convicted of the Class B misdemeanor charge. Once it is brought to the attention of TDI that a company is not compliant they will notify the company immediately by certified mail giving them a deadline and what needs to be done to become compliant. If then the company does not become compliant, they are turned over to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

In closing, maintaining high quality, trouble-free equipment is a very important aspect to your inflatable/ amusement business. Inspection regulations for inflatable equipment vary from state to state. It is very important for you to keep up to date on new regulations affecting the inspection requirements for inflatable equipment in your state, as this type of legislature can be subject to change at any time.

Information provided by:
Ms. Deanna Johnson
Risk Evaluator
Glynn Barclay & Associates, Inc.

Big Top Inflatables reports Record Sales for April 2012!!!

Big Top Inflatables is “Fired Up” about their increased sales performance for 2012! After years of hard work and commitment to quality, customer service, Big Top Inflatables has raised the bar for excellence in the Inflatable Industry.

Vice President and General Manager, Robert Savona, reported a record increase in April 2012 Sales of over 59 Percent. Mr. Savona stated, “We are truly excited that our hard work and efforts are visible in our overall growth in sales. This is a testament that our customers are receptive to quality customer service and our level of expertise with regards to the inflatable industry. We have customers ranging from the US to Canada, Federal, State, and City Government, Baptist Associations, Schools, and start-up ventures to name a few. We are proud of our company and even more proud of our customer’s courage and commitment to success and excellence. I believe what sets us apart from all the other companies is that Big Top Inflatables is comprised of a Team of Unmatched Professionals. We have built our company on one principal, ‘Do anything and everything to help our customers succeed; nothing less.’ We will continue to work the long hours, including weekends, if necessary to help anyone and everyone that wants an opportunity to succeed.”

Big Top Inflatables has over 24 years of combined rental and sales experience. Their staff and support personnel are highly educated in the Inflatable Industry, to include, state of the art marketing and financing.

Expect the Best: Choose Big Top Inflatables!!!

Big Top Inflatables 4-Step Action Plan to Succeed in the Party Rental Business!



First and foremost, the only chance anyone has at succeeding in the Party Rental Business is to first “Get Organized.” By this, write down and commit to researching the Inflatable Industry. This would include visiting various websites that offer Inflatables for Sale. More importantly, research their background with respect to accreditations with the BBB and Duns and Bradstreet. If a company is unwilling to put their reputation on the line, then steer clear of putting your “Opportunity to Succeed” in their hands.

CAUTION: As an entry into the Inflatable Party Rental Business, be weary of what you read in post and internet websites. Most of the time, the people writing the post truly do not know what they are taking about. Moreover, a Leader doesn’t have time to follow the crowd unless their goal is to be led like a Cow to Slaughter. Don’t fall for this trap! Contact various companies that offer Inflatables for Sale and use your common sense to determine, which company is truly willing to help you succeed and not just “Deliver an Inflatable to your Doorstep.” Leaders look for more than Price. Remember, you get what you pay for.

SOLUTION: Be a Leader and Not a Follower. Entrepreneurs are not followers and Do Not have Time for Industry Politics to put it lightly. Leaders do their research, practice daily both mentally and physically, and then prepare for a long-term opportunity to succeed. Ask yourself when reading post from other sites “is all this nonsense truly going to help me and my business succeed, or is it just a hidden agenda for someone else’s business?” You don’t’ have time to play games in business or lose your focus.


As the old saying goes, “Fail to Plan, then Plan to Fail.” The Inflatable Party Rental Business isn’t a Hobby, it’s a legitimate business. Before you invest your hard earned money in anything, please be sure to create a basic business plan. It’s important to consider the hidden cost of business (i.e., fuel, insurance, marketing, website, paperwork, and most importantly, your time) when determining if your business plan is feasible.

CAUTION: When researching Inflatables for Sale, be sure to consider a company that supports your business with Free Adders and not just a cheap price on an inflatable. Remember, Professional Paperwork and Websites could cost Thousands and months to prepare. Plus, it’s important to have the Field Experience to know what you’re writing or marketing.

SOLUTION: Big Top Inflatables offers their very own Professional Starter Kit, which is comprised of Industry Proven Rental Agreement Documents, Contractor Agreement Forms, Indoor Facility Waivers, and Trade Secret Internet Links to help your business succeed. Plus, you’ll receive a State of the Art Website with a Real-Time Reservation System and Contact Management System with your Package Deal Order. These are valued at over $10K. As a Big Top Inflatables’ Customer, the cost to you is Free. The only thing you’ll pay is your monthly hosting fee to be live on the Internet. Now, that’s smart business planning…


You’ll never win a game sitting on the bench or watching the scoreboard. Winners mentally prepare for success and then take action. Unfortunately, this is where the 90:10 Rule comes into play, 90% Watch, Wonder, or Miss what the 10% of Successful people / businesses do to succeed.

CAUTION: Be careful giving your money to a business that promises to deliver, but cannot. This is extremely true during the busy season in sales (March thru June). Make sure if a company takes your money as a Deposit, then you place that deposit on a credit card just in case they can’t deliver. There has been too many horror stories of customers who have given companies deposits and promised a ship date that turned out to be fictitious and the company couldn’t deliver. Unfortunately, by the time the customer learned they had been fooled they missed out on receiving their equipment and the rental season where they needed it most.

SOLUTION: Unless your unit is Made to Order, Big Top Inflatables will not take deposits on In-Stock or In-Production Inflatables for Sale. Your money deserves to remain where it belongs, with You! As mentioned earlier, we respect your business and trust. Commitment and Relationships in business are priceless; any less with anyone will lead to their demise. We would rather miss your business, than make false promises (i.e., deposits without delivering, deceptive sales tactics, financing “Tote your Note” Tricks) just to make a quick buck at your expense. Bottom Line: “A Word to the Wise is Sufficient!”


In summary of the aforementioned, remember that everything outlined in this Plan of Success is important to the Longevity of our Businesses. If any of us steer clear of what’s necessary to succeed in business, then we will not be able to support other businesses or the community at large.

Here at Big Top Inflatables, we take Customer Loyalty Serious! About 75% of our business comes from Repeat, Loyal Customers who we’ve earned their Trust and Respect. In turn, we would hope the best for your new company that you would in turn do the same for your customers as well.

Best of Luck and Success in Your Business!

Robert Savona
VP, Sales & Marketing
Big Top Inflatables

Dun & Bradstreet ranked Big Top Inflatables 96% in their Industry!


On December 30, 2011, Big Top Inflatables received their Past Performance Evaluation from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and scored a whopping 96% Supplier’s Overall Performance Rating in comparison against Peers in their Industry. (RANKED 96%: SIC/Line of Business: Amusement and Recreation)
(Ratings where scaled 0 to 100, where 100 represents the highest level of customer satisfaction.)

According to D&B and Customer Survey Results, Big Top Inflatables Scored as follows:

Overall Performance Rating: 96%
• Reliability: 96%
• Cost: 94%
• Order Accuracy: 94%
• Delivery / Timeliness: 96%
• Quality: 96%
• Business Relations: 98%
• Personnel: 98%
• Customer Support: 98%
• Responsiveness: 97%

D&B (NYSE:DNB) is the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence for 170 years. (Ref D&B 2012 Website)