Meet the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

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The newly selected Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 came together for the first time at a special reception at the 2017 State of the County on February 8th, 2017. The class was then recognized in Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Address.

“I am continually amazed at the caliber of young leaders we have,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We think the whole class is superb and the top three are outstanding. The future of our county is very bright and the region is in good hands.”

The class of 40 was selected from nearly 400 applications. Nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges, looking for the top young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County. The 40 honorees have achieved excellence in their field and contributed to the quality of life in their communities.

The members of the 2017 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class are:

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

Congratulations to this year’s Elite 40 Under 40 winner, Brooke Wilson Vitale! Brooke, 29, Owner of Love & Buttercream LLC, was unveiled as the winner on Wednesday, February 8th in front of more than 600 people at the 2017 Oakland County State of the County Address, where she had the honor of introducing County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson.

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Patterson praised Vitale, “Brooke is an excellent choice. She is creative, thoughtful, has an incredible business sense and is precisely the kind of young leader we want to keep in Oakland County.”

Born and raised in Oakland County, Brooke graduated from Michigan State University and moved away for to work in Chicago’s restaurant industry. Inspired by her love of baking with her grandmother, Brooke began writing a baking blog as a hobby after hours. Taking a chance on what she calls her “true-calling,” she left a job she loved to pursue her dream of owning her own bakery.

“My husband and I were both born and raised in Oakland County. We decided that when I wanted to start my business and wanted to start our family, Oakland County was the place we wanted to be in.”

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Voting Now Open for Top Three 2017 Elite 40 Finalists

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Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson has officially announced the 2017 Elite 40 Under 40 class. Three finalists have been chosen out of the highly talented class, and public votes are needed to decide the winner for 2017. The winner will announce Patterson at the 2017 State of the County address on February 8th, will participate in Oakland County signature events and more. The Top 3 Finalists are: Brooke Wilson Vitale, 29, owner, Love & Buttercream LLC; Carrie Schochet, 37, CEO/Founder, Purple Squirrel Advisors; and Richard J. Chalmers, D.O., 36, Director of Family Medicine Residency, McLaren Macomb Hospital.

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We congratulate the entire 2017 Elite 40 class and invite you to view the complete class list on our website. Voting for the winner runs Monday, January 23rd at 9 a.m. through Friday, January 27th at 5 p.m. Cast your vote once every 24 hours during that time at Elite40.com. Continue reading

The 2016 Elite 40 Under 40 Class

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The newly selected Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 met for the first time at a special reception at the 2016 State of the County on February 10th, 2016. The class was then recognized in Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Address.

“This is our fifth Elite 40 class and every year seems to get stronger. The future of Oakland County and the region is extremely bright if we can retain the talented young minds we have in this class.” Continue reading

Ali Woerner: 2016 Elite 40 Under 40 Winner

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Congratulations are in order for Ali Woerner, the 2016 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class winner. Woerner is an assistant dance professor at Oakland University, and is the co-founder and co-director of the non-profit professional modern dance company, Take Root. She was selected by the public during an online vote and was announced as the winner on Wednesday, February 10th in front of 600 people at the 2016 Oakland County State of the County Address, where she had the honor of introducing County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson.

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