Connecting the Region’s ‘Best Of The Best’ for the Elite 40 2018 Class


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. Continue reading

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 www.Elite40.com 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.

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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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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

Nominations Open for Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40™ program, now preparing to welcome a sixth class, is once again seeking nominations for the best and brightest in the county. The Elite 40 program, started by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in 2012, honors exceptional individuals under the age of 40 who excel in their fields and improve the quality of life in Oakland County.

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To kick off the opening of nominations for the Elite 40 class of 2017, past Elite 40 classes gathered together last Tuesday evening at the Skyline Club in Southfield for the very first Elite 40 reunion. As the sun set over Oakland County, class members enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, chatted with one another and took time to reconnect. The atmosphere was jovial and full of excitement as the Elite 40 members mingled and networked with one another. It was plain to see that through this program, new and unexpected partnerships and friendships have formed, and business opportunities have emerged.

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