About Us

The Elder Agency was founded and incorporated by Stanley Elder in 1936.  Stanley, a Mutual of Omaha agent saw an opportunity to not only sell life insurance but also develop and provide all lines of insurance to meet the ever changing needs of his happy insured's.  Shortly after The Elder Agency Inc. was created Stanley's brother Lyle joined the team thus also bringing a background in Real Estate & Development to the Agency further providing more services to offer clients.

From that time forward The Elder Agency has been selling the Upper Peninsula & Insuring it's future with a full range of Insurance & Real Estate portfolio products. Eventually Stanley's son's Sam Elder (joined in 1964) and Jim Elder (joined in 1968) also became key contributors to the success and growth of the agency.  Together The Elder Family oversaw many real estate development projects and neighborhood subdivision idea's become reality with examples such as "Elder Drive" or "Ewing Park & Plaza". For a period of time The Elder Agency served as a Savings & Loan extension of Detroit and Northern Savings & Loan until they regionalized in the area known as D & N Bank to many locals.  The concept of being able to buy/sell  a house or business, finance it as well as insure it all under one roof was a vision that The Elder Agency laid out to provide the best service assisting their clients that they possibly could.

Brothers Sam Elder & Jim Elder both raised in Marquette are Northern Michigan University alumni's decided to each bring fresh ideas and outlooks to the vision of continuing the success laid out by their father Stanley and Uncle Lyle in the 1960's.  Sam joined the team after a 5 year stint in the United State Air Force as an instructor navigator for strategic Air Command overseeing KC135 missions.   Jim Elder graduated from Northern Michigan University and decided to continue his education and enrolled in Law School.  Upon completing Law School and passing the state bar exam Jim was reunited with his brother Sam at The Elder Agency. 

Today both Jim & Sam continue to lead the agency bringing a strong emphasis on community involvement and treating everybody with respect and dignity.  Sam oversees our Real Estate Department and Jim focuses on the Insurance Department and his private practice of law.

It is not uncommon to find either of these hard working brothers sitting down with clients, going over paperwork and projects with the agency staff or listing a home within the community.  The Elder Agency is a strong believer in building relationships with our clients, giving back to the community and working together. 

Thank You for taking the time to visit our site and learn a little about who we are!