Patterson’s 40 Under 40 Named, Online Voting Picks Winner

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(Oakland County Press Release, Jan. 22, 2015)

Starting Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., the public can cast an online vote to choose the winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2015.

Nearly 500Ferndale 115_FFL applications and nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges, looking for the top 40 young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County. The 40 honorees have achieved excellence in their field and contributed to the quality of life in their communities. Of that group, the three candidates who scored the highest are placed before the public vote to determine a 2015 winner. This is the fourth year of the Elite 40 program.

“There are so many talented young people who are a vital part of Oakland County,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Their innovation, talent, leadership and ideas will help shape this county for years to come. I’m thrilled with the class that was chosen and encourage steele lindbloom adthe public to participate in the online vote for the candidate they think is the best of the best.”

Voting continues through Monday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 p.m. Individuals may vote once every 24 hours at Among other opportunities, the top vote getter will introduce Patterson at his State of the County Address on Feb. 4 and get free business classes from the One Stop Shop Business Center. Online voters must choose between:

~Melody Saroki Arabo, 35, Teacher, Walled Lake Consolidated School District

seed01_bridget and kevin deegan krauseIn 2014 Melody was named 2014-2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education. She is an author who recently published her book, “Diary of a Real Bull.” It tells the story of a school bully from the bully’s perspective, with the ultimate goal of helping identify the bully in all of us and making a change. Melody is the founder of Keith Caring Community Club, which encourages upper elementary students to get involved in service-oriented events to teach them about leadership, empathy and generosity. She is also a founding member of TEACH, which helps displaced families in Iraq.

~Andrew Chmielewski, 27, Principal, Dave’s Sweet Tooth | Mitten Crate Judy_Palmer30years

Mitten Crate, a company Andrew and a friend began, delivers an ever changing selection of Michigan-made foods to your doorstep each month, giving customers a sample of the increasingly diverse array of edible products. More than 70 Michigan-made food companies have benefited from their exposure through Mitten Crate. Through the Mitten Crate give back initiative, 60,000 meals were donated to Gleaners Food Bank in the first year of business. Andrew and his father also created Dave’s Sweet Tooth, which has become the largest manufacturer of specialty toffee products in Michigan. The toffee is made in Oakland County and chazzano game adavailable in more than 250 retail stores in the state.

~Luke Fleer, 34, Regional Director of Development, Oakland University

Luke has been Oakland University’s regional director of development since 2012, charged with raising money for the Rochester-based university and has brought in donations for the past three years. A former collegiate basketball player at Rochester College, Luke faced his biggest challenge 10 years ago when he was nearly killed in a traffic accident. Doctors told his family he may never walk again. He spent three months in recovery and two years in physical therapy, learning to stand, walk and run again. His sCFSEM-123-OaklandCounty115-digital-ad_v2tory was featured in Hour Detroit’s 2014 Health Guide. Luke and his wife established an annual scholarship at OU, the David Kilpatrick Scholarship, in memory of a mentor and friend.

The members of the 2015 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class are:

~Melody Saroki Arabo, Teacher, Walled Lake Consolidated School District, 35

~Jacob Brown, Director of Interactive Media, PCGCampbell, 31

~Andrew Chmielewski, Principal, Dave’s Sweet Tooth | Mitten Crate, 27

934_8600_Gen-Online_Banners~Brandon J. Curry, Director, Global Talent Management, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp., 36

~Brad Dahlhofer, CEO, B. Nektar Meadery, 37

~Arjun Dhake, V.P. Business Development, Dhake Industries, 35

~Nirav Doshi, Managing Partner, Complete Data Products, 39

~Luke Fleer, Regional Director of Development, Oakland University, 34

~Gregg Garrett, CEO & Managing Director, CGS Advisors, LLC, 39

~Shane Gianino, CEO, Qstride, 36Detroit_GT_05

~Laura Glenn, Vice President & COO, Beaumont Physician Partners, Beaumont Health System, 33

~Takisha Harper, Director Internal Audit and Risk Management, Henry Ford – HAP, 39

~Brian C. Hartwell, Attorney, Law Office of Brian C. Hartwell, PLLC, 32

~Niall D. Hay, Brand Director, Penske Automotive Group, Inc., 37

~DJ Ikeler, President/Founder, Center for Success Pontiac, 29

~Channelle Kizy-White, Attorney, Kizy Law, 33

nicholas-schrock-allstate~Tony Lamerato, Local Sales Manager, FOX Sports Detroit, 31

~Brian Lane, Owner, Bingo Pet Salon, 34

~Shannon Lazovski, CEO, The Lazov Agency, 40

~Megan Mahoney, Global Key Account Manager, BASF, 37

~Ed Mamou, Vice President, Royal Oak Recycling, 36

~Paul M. Mersino, Attorney, Butzel Long, 31

~Steve Migliore, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, 34seed8453274382_Pamela Williams

~Moheeb H. Murray, Partner, Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC, 39

~Craig Myers, Principal, CR Myers & Associates, 39

~Brian Olatunji, CEO & President, Leadfoot Motorsports, LLC, 32

~Mark Ostach, Director of Account Team, Skidmore Studio, 33

~Amanda A. Page, Attorney/Owner, Page Law, PLLC, 37

~Nadja E Payok, Instructor, Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast, 39

Sahara ad with wine~Mitch Petterson, Deputy Fire Chief, Independence Township Fire Department, 39

~Tara Beatty, Mayor’s Chief Assistant of Marketing & Communications, City of Rochester Hills, 35

~Kristen L. Pursley, Managing Partner, The Dobrusin Law Firm, 36

~ Mike Roth, President, National Technology Management, 38

~ Kim Russell, Multi-Media Journalist, WXYZ, 32

~Ted Serbinski, Partner, Detroit Venture Partners, 33lisa schmidt law

~James Stevens, Principal, OHM Advisors, 37

~Treger Strasberg, Founder, Chairman of the Board, Humble Design, 37

~Jessica Thomas, Director of Practice Growth, Governmental Services, Rehmann, 34

~Jaymes Vettraino, City Manager, City of Rochester, 39

~ Melissa B. Winkler, Esq., Attorney, Fakhoury Law Group, 26

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