Stan Nord is a long-time resident of the Bloomington-Normal community. He is married to his beautiful wife, Bree, and has two boys, ages 12 and 5. He grew up on a farm, raising crops and Charolais cattle, and routinely accompanied his father and grandfather on rotating "rounds" at local hospitals. His family has been involved in the creation of many small businesses in the community for more than six generations, including farming, medicine, the landfill, waste hauling, recycling, alternative energy, and several others. Influenced by his father’s career as a family physician, Stan developed the mindset when someone needs help, drop what you are doing and help. This is how he has lived his life.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Stan came to the United States when he was four. In his younger years, he attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School, Parkside Junior High, and Normal Community High School. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating with a degree in Risk Management and Finance. He is a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
After college, Stan moved to Chicago and worked in the finance and insurance industry before entering a career in information technology (IT). During his IT career, he worked for a major printing company, several technology companies, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His work in the corporate world taught him to continually improve, to consistently adopt new technologies and processes that allow a company (and one’s self) become more efficient, and to “do more with less.”
In his role with the VA, Stan was a security architect, managing the security posture of the “core network architecture” for the VA globally—with over 250 hospital complexes, the VA is the largest singly managed Microsoft network in the world. His work and projects were disseminated to an IT staff of thousands throughout the globe.
Stan's work within the VA showed him firsthand the waste, overspending, and inefficiencies inherent in the government. This was in contradiction to his experiences within corporate environments. It made him appreciate the efficiencies and continuous improvement potential the corporate world offers.
He left Chicago and the VA, returning home to Bloomington-Normal with his new wife to start a family. He started, from the ground up, a residential mobile storage business, serving the Bloomington-Normal area. As his business grew, he started a commercial division. He later sold the residential mobile storage business.
Stan's current business, TSS Storage, LLC, has expanded to serve eight different states. TSS sells and rents mobile storage units and manufactures custom container structures. They also modify overseas shipping containers to make mobile offices, fire training centers, garages, shelters, and other structures. While TSS Storage may not be familiar to many residents of Normal—because most of their customers are commercial, industrial, municipal, and agricultural—TSS has brought significant revenue into the Bloomington-Normal economy from areas well outside McLean County and Illinois.
While in Chicago, Stan was a founding director of Bach and Beyond, a concert program series where professional musicians were brought into Chicago-area Catholic churches to play Bach on period-correct instruments—just how Bach intended it to be played!
Stan has also served as a Cub Scout den leader, working with his older son and other young scouts. He enjoyed helping them learn about nature, their community, and some of the jobs within Bloomington-Normal. Stan’s younger son will start kindergarten next fall, once again giving him the opportunity to serve the Cub Scouts. Stan especially appreciates the amount of support local businesses, labor unions, police departments, and fire departments give to the Cub Scout youth.