Allied is the only name to remember in amusement and entertainment insurance.

Company History

In 1983, Allied Specialty Insurance (“Allied”) was founded by Paul ‘Duke’ Smith and managed by his son, David Smith prior to his passing 2004. At David’s passing Mary Chris Smith took the lead at Allied. Her family and David's have been part of the Amusement Industry for many generations. Duke Smith grew up in the Carnival Industry and in time owned Blue Ribbon Shows, with his son David there alongside him. Likewise, Mary Chris’ family grew up in the Carnival industry, with her Grandparents, Hub and Winnie Luehrs, owning Luehrs Ideal Rides, and Mary Chris working alongside her father. Mary Chris serves as a Board Member of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, and was recently recognized as Show Person of the Year by the West Coast Showman’s League. The foundation of Allied brings a unique background and intimate experience to the carnival industry from years spent within the industry itself. Through these deep seeded industry roots, the Allied family knows, loves and is committed to the amusement and entertainment industry. This is what makes Allied unique, and it will never change.

Allied’s commitment extends to the industry organizations which they have partnered with over the past 30 plus years. As business owners in the Amusement Industry, the Allied founders understood that organizations such as the ones listed on their Partners' page, were critical to the Amusement Industry. Without them, the Amusement Industry would not have the navigation tools needed to deal with the challenging regulatory and economic environment. Both David and Mary Chris’ families had roles as founders and active participants in industry organizations, and Allied continues to actively participate and support many of them today. Through Allied’s years of involvement in annual dinners, conventions, banquets, golf tournaments, scholarship funding and so on, Allied has built shared memories that have helped shape their dedicated partnership in serving the Amusement Industry. These are the generational relationships that have molded the support structure behind this exclusive industry; an industry so few from the outside truly know in depth. Allied prides itself with sharing their “insider” industry knowledge, love and commitment with these supporting organizations, and looks forward to many more years of creating memories with these industry partners, and other organizations like them, who count on Allied’s continued partnership. This too will never change!

Allied’s insurance company, T.H.E. Insurance Company, demonstrates unparalleled specialized claims management and underwriting capabilities that have been cultivated and perfected over their 30 plus years of serving this specialized Industry. This cultivated skill truly sets Allied’s service capabilities apart from other providers. As they say “it takes one to know one”, and Allied can proudly say they are “one”! Genuinely understanding and appreciating the operations of this industry comes best from having lived it. This is not an industry you learn best any other way. Allied was created and continues to be operated by “children of the carnival industry.” They can say they have “lived it” and are proud of this unique factor that truly sets them apart. This too will never change!

The Allied team with over 30 years and three generations has well beyond 200 collective years of in-depth Amusement Industry exposure which amplifies our superior capabilities in providing specialized insurance services to the amusement and entertainment community. This team of matchless and exceptional industry talent is genuinely excited about the Amusement Industry’s future and continuing to work with its members to promote prolonged success. The penetration within Allied of the family-rooted passion to promote success and sustainability of the Amusement Industry has always been the core of the company’s service model, and this unrivaled passion sets Allied apart from other insurance service providers in a way that cannot be easily replicated. Allied’s family ties and unprecedented love for the Amusement Industry shines through in their service. Allied cares about the Amusement Industry, and it shows in their work. This too will never change!

Allied looks forward to many more years of serving and supporting this unique industry they truly know and love.