Young Leaders Sought for Oakland County’s Elite 40 Class of 2019

The 2018 Class of Elite 40 members pose for a photo with County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. The photo is taken outside in front of a building and shot from above.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson‘s Elite 40 Under 40 initiative, now in its eighth year, celebrates Oakland County’s “Best and Brightest” 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! Nominate them today or if you fit this criteria, enter yourself:

Enter or Nominate Someone

Elite 40 class members will be featured in Oakland County Prosper, become part of a distinguished network of professionals and business leaders, be invited to signature county events, and much more.

Nominations can be made at Elite40.com between now and November 29th. Candidates may enter themselves until 5:00 p.m. on November 2nd. To be eligible, a candidate must live or work in Oakland County, be 18 years of age or older, and have been born after December 31, 1979.

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“The first seven 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.

A panel of former Elite 40 class members will review and score all completed applications based on the following criteria: leadership, community service, and overall community impact. 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, beginning January 18th, to determine the overall winner.

Check out the 2018 Elite 40 Class

All 2019 class members will be invited to the State of the County address where the winner will be unveiled and introduce the County Executive. In addition, members are invited to other county events and programs. Past members have joined the Oakland County Business Roundtable and other advisory committees within the county.

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


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