Patterson Puts Out Call for Best of the Best

There’s still time to submit your nominations by Monday, December 31, 2012 for the 2013 “Elite 40 Under 40.” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson launched his Elite 40 Under 40 initiative last year to identify outstanding professional and executive leaders who have achieved excellence in their field before the age of 40. Individuals may submit nominations at The winner will introduce Patterson at his 2013 State of the County address on Thursday, February. 7, 2013.

“During our inaugural year of the Elite 40, we learned there are a tremendous number of young individuals who have achieved notable success while living or working in Oakland County,” said Patterson. “We believe the next class of Elite 40 will be exceptional.”

Patterson is seeking nominees who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative and dedication in pursuing their careers and helping their communities, such as Hajj Fleming, the 2012 Elite 40 winner. Fleming said being the top of the first class of Patterson’s Elite 40 has offered him the kind of exposure that has enabled his company, Brand Camp University, to continue to grow.

2012 Elite 40 winner, Hajj Flemming

“What separates this award from others is the opportunity for warm introductions with influencers, key stakeholders and the business community in Oakland County where I live, work and play,” Fleming said. “L. Brooks Patterson is providing entrepreneurs such as myself the opportunity to grow their names and businesses.”

Three finalists will receive passes to various Oakland County events such as the 2013 Economic Outlook Luncheon with University of Michigan economists George Fulton and Donald Grimes; the 2013 Oakland County Business Roundtable (BRT) breakfast; the 2013 Quality People/Quality County (Q2) breakfast; and the 2013 Brooksie Way Half Marathon & 5k Race.

All 2013 Elite 40 will be invited to attend Patterson’s 2013 State of the County address with a guest; be featured on Oakland County’s new job attraction site,; sit on the various BRT committees; and be ambassadors for Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs.

Nominees must be younger than age 40 as of Thursday, February 7, 2013. They also must be residents of or work in Oakland County. The deadline to submit nominations is 11:59 p.m., Monday, December 31, 2012. The judging committee will review the nominations from January 7 through 28, 2013. When the judges choose the 2013 Elite 40 Under 40, they will announce the three finalists so the public can choose the winner by online voting from January 28 through Feb. 1, 2013. The winner will be announced at the 2013 State of the County address.

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