Techlandia Issue 5- 2021/2022 - Page 84

And last year, when the Beachie Creek Fire tore through Mill City, east of Salem, UnitedHealthcare donated $25,000 to the Wildfire Needy Kids Fund, helping students replace belongings and purchase technology for virtual learning.

That philanthropic spirit stems from Daniels’ upbringing in the small community, where residents all seemed to know each other and often relied on neighbors for basic needs.

“All we had was each other. If someone in the community had an issue, everyone just rallied around that community member,” Daniels said. ”As a CEO, I want to use my platform, combined with the strength of UnitedHealthcare, to empower my teams to have a stronger presence in their community, allow them to give back to organizations important to them, and enable their families to participate as well.”

That team spirit has remained a constant throughout Daniels’ life, from his Lacomb upbringing to his Oregon football career, through his service as a leader for UnitedHealthcare, and now, to his tenure as Pacific Northwest CEO.

“At my core, everything I’ve done my entire life, whether it’s in sports or business, it’s always been about working with high-performing teams,” he said. “That’s the difference between being good and great—the team and the people you surround yourself with. I think I’ve been able to do that at UnitedHealthcare.”