The Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 program opens Monday

If you know a young entrepreneur, community leader, teacher or any person who has made significant contributions to their chosen field and the quality of life in the region and you want them recognized for their good work, here is your chance.

Nominations are being accepted for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2015. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor young professionals and thought leaders who excel in 

their field and have demonstrated dynamic leadership.

“We are blessed to have so many talented young people who are vital to Oakland County and the region,” Patterson said.

“Their innovation, talent and energy will help shape our future for years to come. We’re looking for the best and the brightest. If you know one or more of these young men and women – or you want to nominate yourself – I encourage you to submit a name for consideration.”

To submit a candidate, go to www.AdvantageOakland.com/Elite40. Nominees must live or work in Oakland County to be eligible. Entries close Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.

A panel of judges will review all completed applications and reduce the number to the top 40 entrants. Of that group, three candidates who scored the highest will be placed before the public for an online vote to determine the winner.

The winner will introduce Patterson at his State of the County address on Feb. 5, 2015. The winner will also receive:

  • A feature article or video about their business/volunteer agency in Oakland County PROSPER
  • Attend three Oakland County signature events: Economic Outlook Luncheon, Quality People/Quality County Awards and the Business Roundtable Annual Meeting, and promotion on the county’s website
  • Promotion on www.AdvantageOakland.com, the county’s economic development website

Two runners-up will each receive:

  • A meeting with the county executive
  • An invitation to the State of the County address
  • Tickets to attend three Oakland County signature events
  • Invitations to Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 events, including an awards reception and roundtable discussions with the county executive
  • Promotion on www.AdvantageOakland.com

Thirty-seven finalists will each receive:

  • Invitations to the State of the County address
  • Invitations to Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 events, including an awards reception and roundtable discussions with the county executive
  • Promotion on www.AdvantageOakland.com 

Previous winners are:

  • Susan Kruger, president and CEO, SOAR Learning, Inc., Class of 2014
  • Erica Coulston, owner of Walk the Line to SCI Recovery, Class of 2013
  • Hajj Flemings, CEO/founder of Brand Camp University, Class of 2012

Complete information about rules and prizes are available at www.AdvantageOakland.com/Elite40.