Enter the Elite 40 to join a powerful network of over 240 prestigious class members, connect with Oakland County resources, and attend signature events. Enter at www.Elite40.com by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8th to be considered for the 2018 class.
“Being recognized as part of L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 has been a tremendous honor, as well as a great benefit to my career. This program attracts some of the best and brightest business people in this vital region. The opportunity to network and get to know these fellow honorees has been fantastic.” Brian Wassom, Partner Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Class of 2014.
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor young professionals, those employed in skilled trades and leaders who excel in their field and demonstrate dynamic leadership.
If you or someone you know has made significant contributions at work, school or to the quality of life in southeast Michigan and think he or she – or you – should be recognized for the good work, you have a little extra time to make that happen.
The deadline for entries for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2018 has been extended until November 8th. Candidates must complete their entry by 5 p.m. on November 8th.
“I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to be considered,” Patterson said. “We have an abundance of talented entrepreneurs, teachers and other leaders who are shaping the future of our region. We’re looking for the best and brightest.”
To enter, go to www.Elite40.com. Applicants must live, work or attend school in Oakland County to be eligible. A panel of judges will review all completed applications and reduce the number to the top 40 entrants. Of that group, three candidates who scored the highest will be placed before the public for an online vote to determine the winner.
Past winners include:
- Brooke Wilson Vitale, Owner of Love & Buttercream, Class of 2017
- Ali Woerner, Oakland University Assistant Professor of Dance and co-founder and co-director of the non-profit professional modern dance company, Take Root; Class of 2016
- Melody Arabo, Walled Lake Consolidated School District teacher and former Michigan Teacher of the Year; Class of 2015
- Susan Kruger, President and CEO, SOAR Learning, Inc.; Class of 2014
- Erica Coulston, Owner of Walk the Line to SCI Recovery; Class of 2013
- Hajj Flemings, CEO/Founder of Brand Camp University; Class of 2012
Among the prizes and recognition for those selected to be in the Class of 2018, those selected will also be joining a network of over 240 alumni members of the Elite 40 Under 40. This network brings together current and past class members from over the seven years of the program to foster relationships, share opportunities, and connect you with Oakland County Government resources and events.
As an Elite 40 finalist, business round-table discussion and other important County events were opened up to me. This exposure has helped to understand who is meeting the region’s needs and what opportunities exist for the future of the county. It is very rewarding being past of the ‘Elite 40,’ and I am excited about taking part in moving the Oakland County forward.’ Kiesha Speech, City of Oak Park Council Member, Class of 2013.