Vote Now for the Elite 40 Class of 2018 Winner

Voting is open! We need your help to choose the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2018. The public can cast an online vote for their favorite of three exceptional finalists: Dr. Lucetry B. Dalton, Mat Ishbia, and Ann Marie LaFlamme.

“We are fortunate to have so many talented and passionate leaders who are committed to improving their professions and their communities every day,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This is an outstanding class and wonderful ambassadors for Oakland County.”

Voting continues through noon on Friday, January 26th. Individuals may vote once every 24 hours at Elite40.com. Among other opportunities, the top vote-getter will introduce the County Executive at his State of the County Address on February 7th. Online voters may choose between: Continue reading

Oakland County Battles Human Trafficking with New Website

On January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Health Division and Sheriff’s Office, held a press conference to address the issue of human trafficking. Also joining the commissioners were members of the public, community partners, law enforcement, and elected officials who are committed to promoting education and awareness about trafficking in Oakland County. Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz opened the press conference with the announcement of the launch of a new website, a collaborative effort on behalf of the Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force and its partners. The website, www.oakgov.com/humantrafficking, is intended to be a primary source of information about human trafficking for the region. It provides information and support for victims, parents, advocates, professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about the issue and how to help.

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The 25th Annual Oakland County Business Roundtable

The Oakland County Business Roundtable met for its 25th consecutive year last week at Baker College in Auburn Hills. The Oakland County Business Roundtable Annual Meeting was created by Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, and is a partnership between business, education, community leaders, and government working together to improve the business climate and quality of life in Oakland County. The Oakland County Roundtable’s five committees are Economic Development, Workforce and Education, Oakland Next, Transportation and Mobility, and Quality of Life.

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Thomas Tunney Named 2017 MI Great Artist Winner

Commerce Township artist Thomas Tunney was named 2017’s winner of the MI Great Artist competition October 25th at the Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The gallery’s mood was festive as art enthusiasts from throughout Oakland County gathered to celebrate Tunney and his fellow finalists. Event focal points included a shared exhibition of artistic works by the finalists, and a solo exhibition for the 2015 MI Great Artist Ken Hershenson.

The finalists were chosen from a field of 232 artists from Oakland, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Wayne counties who entered the online competition in July in hopes their entries would catch the discerning eye of the public. After 34,000 online votes were cast during two weeks the field was whittled down in August to 20 artists. A panel of art experts selected the five finalists and ultimately chose the winner.

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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