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Auburn Hills City Councilman Kevin McDaniel Named to Elite 40 under 40 List

February 15, 2013
Auburn Hills City Councilman Kevin McDaniel Named to Elite 40 under 40 List

Auburn Hills, MI—February 14, 2013—The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, is pleased to announce that Auburn Hills City Council member Kevin McDaniel, 34, has been recognized with Oakland County Executive L. Brook’s Patterson’s Elite 40 under 40 award. The Elite 40 highlights 40 thought leaders under the age of 40 who live and/or work in Oakland County and is designed to help them make connections that can positively impact the future of the County.

McDaniel is a fourth generation resident of Auburn Hills. He was first sworn in as a City Councilman for Auburn Hills in November 2007 at the age of 28 and was most recently re-elected to his second four-year term in November 2011, claiming the highest votes of all candidates.

“We are proud of Kevin’s accomplishments and the recognition his efforts bring to Auburn Hills,” said Auburn Hills Mayor, Jim McDonald.

McDaniel’s commitment to public service traces back to 2003 when he began serving the City of Auburn Hills as a police officer. While in this role, he was chosen as one of four officers to represent Oakland County assisting the New Orleans Police Department with relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

McDaniel has also served on numerous city boards, including the City’s Tax Increment Finance Authority, the Public Safety Advisory Committee and as Council liaison on the Tax Incentive Review Committee, which revamped the city’s tax incentive policy to help boost development.

McDaniel is employed by Pfizer as a healthcare consultant serving the Detroit metropolitan area. He was recently honored as one of Pfizer’s top employees, receiving Pfizer’s prestigious “Summit Award”.

McDaniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in business, with a concentration in information technology, from Oakland University. He and his wife Erika are raising the fifth generation of Auburn Hills’ residents, daughter Addison, 3, and son Kailer, 1.

Click here to view McDaniel’s full biography and the complete list of Elite 40 honorees.

About the Elite 40 under 40
L. Brooks Patterson established the Elite 40 under 40 award to recognize young thought leaders and trail blazers who live or work in Oakland County and are under the age of 40. The Elite 40 program is dedicated to helping these individuals make connections that can impact the future of Oakland County.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at