OAKLAND COUNTY (WWJ) – The search for the best of the best in Oakland County is getting underway. And if you know a young professional under the age of 40 who’s making strides in his/her career and/or the community … then you may want to nominate that person for the County Executive’s “40 Under 40” program.

The program, started by L. Brooks Patterson in 2012, recognizes the good work and leadership of a select few in the region.

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Susan Kruger, president and CEO of SOAR Learning in Lake Orion, is part of the Class of 2014 winners:

“We live in an amazing place – Detroit itself is in the midst of a comeback, Oakland country really has so many stars, by stars I mean so many fantastic businesses a recreational activities and amazingly dedicated people a very wonderful region to be a part of,” said Kruger.

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Kruger says it’s a real honor to be able to represent this class of young professionals.

“There is a genuine desire to support one another to make a difference in the community – it’s a group of people that represent such a wide range of vocations and careers and different missions, but at the end of the day everyone is really eager to support one another and that’s really been a fantastic thing to be a part of,” she said.

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The nomination period begins at 9 a.m. Monday, nominees must live or work in Oakland County. The deadline to submit a candidate is Nov. 21., get more information [here].