Venture Construction Group Supports Property and Liability Resource Bureau Decision to Cancel Conference and Mitigate Possibility of Coronavirus Epidemic Spreading

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Nationwide restoration company promotes health and safety amidst global health scare

In a statement issued on March 7, the Property and Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) canceled their conference planned for March 8-11 at the Gaylord National Hotel after discovering that someone tested positive for coronavirus the week prior. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2”, and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019”, abbreviated “COVID-19”. Venture Construction Group (VCG) is an avid supporter of the mission and work of PLRB, and supports their heightened level of caution during this epidemic. VCG planned to be a Diamond Event Sponsor and exhibit at the expo.

“The decision to cancel was not an easy one. We know that many people were disappointed while many others were relieved. At the end of the day, the decision was based on concerns for the health and safety of the participants and others which is our top priority when holding events,” says Tom O'Dowd, senior marketing and exhibits manager, PLRB.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus spreads from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another, generally within 6 feet, and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

In late February, CDC's Dr. Nancy Messonnier said, "The fact that this virus has caused illness -- including illness that has resulted in death -- and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning. These factors meet two of the criteria for a pandemic."

According to a report by CNN, there are now over 115,800 cases, including 1,000 in the U.S., and over 4,200 deaths worldwide attributed to coronavirus. In one day last week, the number of new cases outside of China was nearly 9 times higher than the number of new cases in China, where the virus originated. This virus has found a foothold on every continent except for Antarctica. In several countries, the number of cases continues to climb.

“Committed to safety, we fully support the decision to cancel this conference,” says Sandra Lawson, director of operations, Venture Construction Group.

VCG is providing work-at-home options for administrative staff members throughout the country, and safety sanitization programs are being utilized on all jobsites and equipment.

The PLRB Claims Conference and Insurance Services Expo is a four-day conference that provides access to 14 education tracks with 100 sessions taught by industry leaders. Industry professionals and service providers from all over the U.S. attend.

About Venture Construction Group
Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group (VCG) is a licensed general contractor and an award-winning leader in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services. VCG services commercial and residential properties throughout the East Coast, Greater Mid-Atlantic Region, Gulf Coast, and Midwest. Operational excellence is our mission in every project we undertake, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Specializing in commercial projects, VCG assists property management companies, condo associations, multi-family structures, hi-rises, retail/business plazas, government facilities, hotels, and resorts with comprehensive general contractor services, restoration, mitigation, specialty construction, historical restoration, remodels, property repairs, and rebuilds due to fire, flood, water, wind, hail, and hurricane damage. VCG has earned prestigious awards including the Construction Business Owner Award, Pro Remodeler Forty Under 40 Award. VCG is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. CEO Stephen Shanton is a proud member of the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Entrepreneur Magazine hails “YEC Consists of Some of the Most Well-Respected Minds in Entrepreneurship.” Shanton is a proud member of the WindStorm Insurance Network™ and is a WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, and WIND Certified Fellow®. VCG is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors, Certified Member of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA), Certified Member of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor, and Duro-Last Certified Contractor. VCG credentials have been vetted and screened through independent third party Global Risk Management Solutions. With offices nationwide and a solid reputation throughout the country, we are able to respond to your needs with quality, ease, and top-notch service. For more information, call 866-459-8348 or visit us online at

About Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB)
The Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) is a not-for-profit association of property and casualty insurance companies that provides research and educational services for member companies and affiliates. Our mission is to encourage productivity and efficiency in the property and liability loss and claim adjustment processes of members and the industry as a whole. PLRB disseminates information on property and liability issues among members and within the insurance industry. PLRB promotes education and new and beneficial developments within the property and casualty insurance industry. Learn more at

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