Mr. L. Brooks Patterson Oakland County Executive

Speaker Bio

LBrooks Patterson is serving his fifth four-year term as Oakland County Executive after winning re-election in 2008 by another large electoral margin. As the chief elected official in one of America’s most affluent and progressive counties, Mr. Patterson presides over a nearly $780 million dollar recommended annual budget for FY2011 and a county workforce of nearly 4,000 full and part time benefit eligible employees.

During the 18 years of the Patterson administration, Oakland County government has earned respect from Wall Street for its solid tax base and sound financial policies by attaining and maintaining a coveted AAA bond rating, which only three dozen of the nations 3,200 counties have received. 

Automation Alley, southeast Michigan’s premier high-tech consortium which Mr. Patterson founded in 1998, now boasts a membership roster of more than 1,000 companies. Automation Alley has received recognition from two Presidents. President George W. Bush bestowed the President’s “E” Award for excellence in exporting and President Barack Obama invited Automation Alley to take part in a White House jobs summit.


Mr. Patterson’s Employee Suggestion Program has generated more than $5 million worth of taxpayer savings since 1993 while his Casual Day Program has distributed nearly half a million dollars to local charities (neither involves taxpayer funds).


In the 1980’s Mr. Patterson established The Rainbow Connection which grants wishes to terminally ill children. Mr. Patterson serves as president of the organization.


Mr. Patterson has earned numerous awards and honors including: The Michigan Chamber of Commerce Annual Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership for spearheading a successful statewide petition drive to repeal the Single Business Tax and for exemplary service as a local government official; named by Government Technology Magazine as one of the Top 25 individuals in America in 2006 for “pushing the boundaries of government as usual.” 2007 Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; Bloomfield Hills Rotary Foundation 2007 Distinguished Community Leader Award. Two Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters one from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant (2009) and another from Kettering University in Flint (2006); Lighthouse Humanitarian Award (2004); Corp! Magazine Man of the Decade (2000); Arts, Beats & Eats Foundation Quality of Life Award (2003); Automation Alley CEO Legend of the Year (2003); 2005 Visionary Award from the Michigan Department of Information Technology for leadership support of technology initiatives; Champion for Children Award from Region 9 (Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties) of the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) and named “World Trader of the Year” in 2005 by the Detroit Regional Chamber for his significant contributions to promote international trade in southeast Michigan.

Contact Information

2100 Pontiac Lake Road

Executive Office Building – 41W

Waterford, MI 48328

Telephone: 248/858-0484