When a conference has been around as long as the Property LossResearch Bureau and the Liability Insurance Research Bureau's hasbeen, it is easy to imagine that it might fall into a rut andbecome stale. At this year's event, though, claim adjusters are aslikely to find the traditional educational aspects they have cometo expect as they are to find new reasons to attend the ClaimsConference and Insurance Services Expo.

PLRB/LIRB's conference has been around since post World War II,helping claim professionals stay on top of industry trends andevents since the 1940s. This year, it begins on April 2 inNashville, Tenn., and offers more than 100 breakout sessionsdivided into 13 tracks. The largest track, Adjusting Property &Casualty, will have at least 20 sessions dedicated to adjustingissues such as coverage and good-faith handling. At least half ofthe sessions will be new additions in 2006, which will help keepthe conference relevant in regards to the shifting issues in theindustry.

“We want to focus on interactive education,” said Scott Powell,assistant vice president of educational and technical services forPLRB. “With 110 classes, there are a lot of opportunities andchoices. There are over 225 presenters, and attendance is expectedto top 2,000, not including exhibitors.”

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