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Allan Corkum Receives NADP Don Mayes Leadership Award

Nov 29, 2021

National Award Celebrates Volunteer Leadership Spanning Three or More Years

DALLAS - - The National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) has honored Allan Corkum of UnitedHealthcare Dental with the Don Mayes Leadership Award, celebrating his accomplishments and contributions to the dental industry during the opening general session of Virtual CONVERGE 2021, the association’s annual conference. NADP cited Corkum’s broad and dedicated leadership, including helping set a standard of excellence for new and revised industry research reports and enhancing the association’s reputation as the authoritative resource on dental benefits. 

“NADP commends Allan on his vision and leadership of the Research Commission and thanks him for his contributions to the association and dental benefits industry,” remarked Executive Director Eme Augustini.

Since 2018, Corkum has served as the chair of the NADP Research Commission, which works to improve and grow the quality and value of the industry research the association conducts.  NADP cited Corkum’s ability and instinct to see where the industry’s information and data needs are headed as leadership qualities worthy of the award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer leadership spanning three or more years.

Under Corkum’s leadership, the Research Commission successfully navigated a challenging period for NADP industry research. During his tenure as vice-chair and later as chair, several surveys formerly conducted in partnership with other organizations, were taken on solely by NADP, including surveys on claims metrics, customer contact center metrics, network administration and new enrollment.  At his suggestion and with his guidance, the Research Committee quickly adapted to the industry’s information needs, providing valued enhancements to these reports. The commission also introduced new reports in anticipation of the industry’s needs, including:

  • The current Benefit Utilization Survey;

  • A series of COVID-19 response surveys; and

  • Ad hoc surveys to inform NADP state government relations efforts.

About Corkum

Corkum is vice president of dental network growth strategy at UnitedHealthcare. He directs the growth and affordability agenda for UnitedHealthcare Dental’s commercial and government networks, including the largest Medicare Advantage network in the country. Prior to his current role, Corkum led actuarial services for UnitedHealthcare Dental and Vision and was accountable for the pricing, product development, and network development actuarial functions for UnitedHealthcare’s government, private label, and commercial businesses. Allan is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and holds a BSBA in actuarial science from the University of Hartford.

Corkum’s NADP volunteer contributions include service on the FAIR Health and Actuary Member Interest Groups and the Sales Survey Task Force. In 2015, the Research Commission presented the Star Award to Corkum for providing consistent thought leadership in the design and content of NADP Statistical Surveys. Prior to his role as NADP Research Commission chair, he served as vice-chair from 2017 to 2018. Since 2020, Corkum has also served as a member of the NADP Strategic Planning Task Force.

Please join NADP in congratulating Allan Corkum, recipient of the 2021 Don Mayes Leadership Award!

About NADP

National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, is the representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry. NADP members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to more than 200 million Americans. 


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