Elite 40 Under 40 Program seeks nominations

For anyone who knows 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, now is the time to recognize them.

Nominations are being accepted for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. 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.

“There is a sea of engaged, eager and passionate leaders who are committed to making a difference in business, the community and in people’s lives,” Patterson said. “We are blessed to have so many talented young people who are vital to Oakland County and the region. 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.”

Nominees must live or work in Oakland County to be eligible. To submit a candidate, go to www.AdvantageOakland.com/Elite40 where two entry buttons can be found – one for those who want to nominate someone else and one for those who want to enter themselves. Nominations must be completed by Nov. 1. For those entering themselves, the deadline is Nov. 4 at noon to submit a completed entry.

A panel of former Elite 40 class members will review and score all completed applications from Nov. 17 – Dec. 1 and reduce the number to the top 60 entrants. An independent panel of judges will choose the top 40 from Jan. 8 – Jan. 16, 2017. Of that group, three candidates who scored the highest will be placed before the public from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, 2017 for an online vote to determine the winner.

The winner will be announced in February. 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.