Ryan LaFontaine of the LaFontaine Automotive Group is among Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's "Elite 40 Under 40" Class of 2013. 

Chosen from more than 350 nominees, Ryan represents the best of Oakland County.

Every one of the "Elite 40 Under 40" is excelling in his or her field while giving back to the community.

Patterson launched the Elite 40 Under 40 initiative last year to identify young entrepreneurs and businesspeople that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative and dedication in pursuing their careers and are improving the quality of life in their communities. The nominees must live or work in Oakland County.

"They are creative entrepreneurs today and will be the leaders of our communities tomorrow," Patterson said in his 2013 State of the County address.

Ryan LaFontaine is Dealer Principal of the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

He has taken his company to another level with his quick-witted, high spirit. Ryan never sleeps and is always thinking in terms of growing business. He and his Family have just acquired a Volkswagen Dealership in Dearborn and a Ford Dealership in Lansing and his dream of diversifying his franchises is quickly becoming a reality. Ryan has truly stepped up and created an astounding Business, all while keeping the "Small Family Business" characteristic alive.

 “And from what I can see, having read through more than 100 resumes, the future of Oakland County, and for that matter, the future of our region and our country is indeed secure, full of hope and promise." Patterson said.

Founded in 1980, the award winning and nationally recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group, www.FamilyDeal.com, includes 18 franchises and 9 locations in southeast Michigan, employing over 800 people. The “LaFontaine Family Deal” offers customers more than the best price on a new or pre-owned vehicle, it is the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family.

The LaFontaine commitment to customers, staff, and local communities is demonstrated by active participation and contributions to numerous non-profit organizations, educational institutions and charities throughout southeast Michigan.