?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 2019. 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 and committed to improving their communities,” Patterson said. “If you know of one or more individuals – or you want to nominate yourself – I encourage you to submit a name for consideration.”
Nominees must live or work in Oakland County to be eligible. To submit a candidate, go to Elite40.com where two entry buttons can be found – one for those who want to nominate someone and one for those who want to enter themselves. Nominations must be completed by Oct. 29. If you enter yourself, you have until Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. to submit a completed entry.
A panel of former Elite 40 class members will review and score all completed applications and reduce the number to the top 60 entrants. An independent panel of judges will choose the top 40. Of that group, the three candidates who scored the highest will be placed before the public from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, 2019, for an online vote to determine the winner.
The class will be announced Jan. 16, 2019.
The winner will be revealed in February 2019 at Patterson’s State of County address. All class members will be invited to participate in a host of county events. Past members have joined the Oakland County Business Roundtable and other advisory committees within the county.