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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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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Nominations for the Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 Now Open

The deadline for nominations for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 has been extended until December 4th at 5 p.m. Those nominated have until December 9th at 5 p.m. to complete their entry. 

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The Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Program is now searching for the region’s ‘Best of the Best’ in 2016. Enter now to nominate yourself, or someone else, to the Elite 40 Under 40 program, which celebrates talented young professionals who are shaping Oakland County, and the region. Young entrepreneurs, community leaders, teachers, and anyone who has made significant contributions can be nominated for their good work. Continue reading

Cast Your Vote – Help Choose the Winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

Voting for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2015 is now open. We invite you to cast your vote online to choose the winner of this year’s class.

“There are so many talented young people who are a vital part of Oakland County,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Their innovation, talent, leadership and ideas will help shape this county for years to come. I’m thrilled with the class that was chosen and encourage the public to participate in the online vote for the candidate they think is the best of the best.”

Nearly 500 applications and nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges, looking for the top 40 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. Of that group, the three candidates who scored the highest are placed before the public vote to determine a 2015 winner. Online voters must choose between the three top candidates.

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