About Us

Since 1972, Stanford & Associates, Inc. has been a successful family owned and operated independent insurance agency. Stanford provides commercial insurance and risk management solutions for a broad spectrum of clients throughout the United States. 

Our mission is clear.  We strive to “protect the dreams and assets of every client in the most intelligent, comprehensive and economical way possible.” Our goals include: understanding the unique needs of each client, solving problems quickly and creatively; treating client assets as we would treat our own; and partnering with the highest quality clients and insurance companies.

We, at Stanford, take great care in creating customized portfolios for each client.  We insure our client’s assets. We protect your vital interests. We are particularly mindful of the additional and evolving coverages every business owner needs to remain healthy and viable in today’s world.
For over 45 years, Stanford & Associates, Inc has been rewarded for its approach and efforts. We are nationally known for our expertise as well as the value added approach inherent in our service.  We pride ourselves on our staff, our knowledge, our clients and our insurance companies.  We look forward to becoming your partner in success.



In 1972, Patrick Ford, a recent graduate of Notre Dame and attendee of Loyola School of Law, was accepted into the newly created Kemper Agents Career Program. The KACP was funded by Kemper Insurance to create a pathway to ownership of independent insurance agencies by young agents. And in Sept. of ’72, the Ford Insurance Agency was born in Oak Brook, IL. Constant ex-dating and night-time appointments became the norm. Personal lines were the initial backbone of the agency and remained so for a few years.

In 1974, Patrick received a call from a friend he met in Law School whose father owned a mobile home park. The caller needed help in getting his residents insured, and so began Pat’s career in the manufactured housing industry. In 1978, Ford Insurance incorporated as Stanford & Associates, Inc.  From initially insuring homes, Stanford developed the skills to provide NADA appraisals, then financing sources, and on to the insuring of parks themselves. Over the years, Pat was involved in the construction of policy forms which increased coverage and reduced cost for park owners. Many of these forms are the backbone of today’s modern MHC contracts.

This activity was soon bridged to other areas of investor grade estate assets including office buildings, apartment and condominium complexes, RV resorts and dealerships of all kinds.

Through the years, Patrick has been invited to participate on many Agency Advisory boards, policy review councils, and has appeared at many industry affairs as a guest speaker and panel member. Stanford is known nationally for its expertise in these areas, as well as our value-added approach inherent in our service. We pride ourselves on our staff, our clients, and our insurance companies. We believe in building relationships that last a lifetime.
Stanford and its principals have been investors in the MH Industry for three decades.

Stanford & Associates, Inc, is pleased to have been awarded the prestigious designation as a Premier Agency by the Industry leading EMC Insurance Group.