Barnett named to Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40

Bryan Barnett

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson named Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett as one of his “Elite 40 under 40” at his 2012 State of the County address Feb. 8.

The Elite 40 represents “Individuals who are excelling in their fields and are working to improve the quality of life in their communities by giving back,” Patterson said.

Over 400 nominations were received representing all areas of Oakland County. Barnett is the only elected official on the list, which tilts heavily toward the business community.

Barnett, 36, has been mayor since 2006. An Oakland University graduate, in 2006 he was named an Outstanding Michigander of the Year by the Michigan Jaycees. In 2010, he won a John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard Scholarship. In 2011 he went to Germany as a delegate to the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Initiative, Sustainable Planning, Sustainable Cities. Barnett currently chairs the Southeast Michigan Council of Government’s Green Infrastructure Task Force.

“I am honored to be named as one of the inaugural members of the Elite 40 Class and to be associated with so many other outstanding leaders who represent their industry and communities,” Barnett said.

The winners were honored at the State of the County address and become members of Patterson’s Executive Club. For a complete list of the honorees, visit

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