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The Hotel that Built a City

Before Henry Plant came to Tampa, the city’s population was under 800 people, and was shrinking. How did one luxury hotel and one man’s business savvy build Tampa into a tourist destination and a center of industry?

Melissa Sullebarger, Curator of Education,
Henry B. Plant Museum

Melissa Sullebarger is a Tampa historian who has been working in non-formal education for fifteen years, and Museum Education for 8 years. She earned a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from The Johns Hopkins University which included a practicum completed working at the Museum of London. Melissa is a lifelong resident of the City of Tampa, and a member of the Museum Education Roundtable and the American Association of Museums.

As Curator of Education of the Henry B. Plant Museum, Melissa works to better communicate the history of the Tampa Bay Hotel through engaging and inspiring exhibits and programs.


The 2022 Large Loss Conference is scheduled to be held October 12 - 14 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel in Phoenix, AZ.

Thank you to those who submitted topics for the 2022 Large Loss Conference. The Large Loss Planning committee and PLRB staff are currently reviewing proposals for workshops for the 2022 Large Loss Conference.  

Sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Tom O'Dowd at for details.

Check back in July for updates on the registration, agenda, workshops with presenters and key issues, and hotel reservations.

PLRB is closely monitoring CDC and governmental guidelines and regulations. Conference dates and format may change due to restrictions due to COVID-19.

Adjuster-led workshops encourage active audience participation and provide an opportunity to learn from and with many of the industry's leading experts and performers. Workshops are offered in three large-loss tracks:

  • Commercial Lines, Property Claims
  • Personal Lines, Property Claims
  • Casualty Claims

Who Should Attend? Large loss claims adjusters and managers, supervisors, general adjusters and EGAs, complex case managers, senior claims management, and service providers who work with these claims. This is an excellent program for those who aspire to or are being groomed to adjust large and complex property and casualty claims within their respective organizations.

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors of the 2022 Large Loss Conference.



Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Tom O'Dowd at or call 630-724-2224.

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