Young Leaders Sought for Elite 40’s Class of 2018

“Are you a dynamic leader?”

That is the question at the center of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson‘s Elite 40 Under 40 initiative. Now in its seventh year, the program celebrates Oakland County’s “Best and Brightest” young adults between ages 18 and 39. If you know a young person who adds value to the community through their compassion, intellect, or entrepreneurial spirit, don’t keep it a secret!

Nominations can be made at between now and noon on October 30th. Candidates may enter themselves until noon on November 3rd. To be eligible, a candidate must live or work in Oakland County and have been born after December 31, 1978.

“The first six classes of Elite 40 members are comprised of incredibly talented men and women – some in their early 20s – who are passionate leaders who are making a difference in their communities, at their jobs and in people’s lives every day,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said.

Brooke Wilson Vitale

Oakland County’s 2017 Elite 40 Winner: Brooke Wilson Vitale

A panel of former Elite 40 class members will review and score all completed applications from November 13th to November 28th, narrowing the field to 60. From there, an independent panel of judges will select the top 40. Of those 40, the three highest-scoring candidates will be placed before the public for an online vote, determining an overall winner.

Related | Meet the Elite 40 Class of 2017

All class members will be invited to participate in several county events. Past members have joined the Oakland County Business Roundtable and other advisory committees within the county.

Be sure to visit for more information about the Elite 40 program and to view past classes. Follow along with Advantage Oakland on Facebook and Twitter using #Elite40 for the latest Elite 40 news.

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