James Chippendale is founder and CEO of CSI Entertainment Insurance, one of the largest entertainment and sports insurance brokers in the country. James has become a national figure as a leukemia spokesperson and survivor, and co-founder of his rock n’ roll charity Love Hope Strength Foundation. James has made over 350 media appearances, including ABC, Fox News, CNN, USA TODAY, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Good Morning America, American Way, The New York Times, and The Howard Stern Radio and TV shows. In addition, he hosts a lifestyle television segment called “Last Call with James Chippendale” that airs in Dallas on Sunday nights during the sports show “Out of Bounds” on NBC. The segment showcases an athlete, musician or celebrity’s favorite place to eat, drink, dance, play or hang with friends and family.
CSI has covered some of the world’s top events, festivals and entertainers such as Barack Obama’s Inauguration in Washington DC and Victory Party in Chicago, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits Music Festival in addition to large-scale concerts featuring Gwen Stefani, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ludacris, George Strait, and Coldplay. The company has also provided risk management for some of the world’s top athletes including Lance Armstrong and the Discovery Channel Cycling Team.
In March of 2000 James was diagnosed with very aggressive form of Leukemia and give a 50% chance of survival and only through three rounds of intense chemotherapy, radiation and a generous bone marrow transplant from a German donor form a tiny village outside Berlin was james able to successfully beat his cancer. Inspired by his battle James launched the Love Hope Strength Foundation in 2006 with co-founder and cancer survivor Mike Peters of The Alarm, they are providing critical funding and awareness for cancer centers worldwide and register donors to the worldwide Bone Marrow Transplant database. The mission is to save lives, right now, with the advances that have already been made in cancer care. Read James full Bio.
Mike Peters is the lead singer and songwriter of internationally acclaimed Welsh rock and roll band, The Alarm and a cancer survivor two times over. Mike has successfully fought The Big C on two occasions; once in 1995 when he battled Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and more recently in 2006 when he was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocyte Leukemia (CLL). Throughout a six month spell of high dose chemotherapy, Mike Peters continued to play and perform with his band The Alarm, taking to the stage each time in his trademark ‘green’ combat fatigues (which has become our symbol of hope after a faith healer gave him the revelation that ‘green’ was the healing color in his life).
“Mike Peters – On the Road to Recovery”, a revealing BBC documentary chronicling Mike’s inspiring story, was screened in October 2006. The cameras were allowed into the treatment and dressing rooms of Mike’s life throughout the last six months of his cancer fight. The filming also included Mike and his wife Jules in their successful struggle to conceive a child through IVF. Evan Michael Peters was born January 1, 2007.
Mike Peters formed The Alarm in Rhyl, North Wales, in 1981 and has led the band to hit records in each of the three decades since: 16 UK hit singles (68 Guns, Spirit Of ‘76, Rain In The Summertime), and a host of successful albums with over 5 million sales worldwide. Mike Peters has appeared with or been joined on stage by such rock and roll luminaries as U2, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Alex is award winning tv producer/director from Brooklyn, NY. Career highlights include the acclaimed music series MTV Unplugged, 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Superbowl halftime shows, Everest Rocks and most recently Spectacle: with Elvis Costello. Alex and his team will, once again, be trekking with us to the top of Kilimanjaro to capture the event for a feature documentary.
Shannon is the executive director of Love Hope Strength. Shannon’s younger brother, Ryan, was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 23. Later that same year she lost her grandfather to cancer. Thanks to 2 aggressive surgeries and chemotherapy, Ryan has successfully beaten cancer, received his MBA and is living in Austin, TX (way too far from his sister!).
Prior to joining LHS, Shannon was General Manager of Denver’s Jet Hotel, Manager of Marketing, Events and Corporate Sales for Public House Ltd and Director of Brand Identity for the accounting firm, Grant Thornton. In 2002, Shannon moved to Kenya for an independent brand development project with Tradition Safaris. Shannon received her BS in Marketing from Boston College. She currently resides in Denver, CO.
George is the County Manager for Union County, New Jersey and has been involved in New Jersey government and politics throughout his career. He was the Executive Director of the NJ Democratic State Committee during President Clinton’s first election and has also served as the Director of Policy and Planning for the City of Elizabeth overseeing an aggressive economic development agenda.
He has been involved with the Love Hope Strength Foundation since its inception. The goals and mission of the LHSF led George to partner Union County’s Musicfest with the Foundation. Now in its third year the Rock On! Walkathon and 5k Rock N’ Run at Musicfest have become anticipated community events.
Cancer will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime. It touched George at the same time he became involved with the Love Hope Strength Foundation. These circumstances led George to also personally assist in the Foundation’s inaugural Empire State climb and then to trek to Base Camp Everest and Machu Picchu.
Now, as a Board member George plans to do all he can to bring resources to assist the Foundation to make sure everyone stricken by Cancer has access to information and treatment globally and locally where Foundation events take place.