Our Mission

At our firm, we have the client—and only the client—in mind.

Our mission is to get to know and understand your needs, wants, and long-term goals. We want to help you develop, implement, and monitor a strategy that’s designed to address your individual situation.

Fortitude Capital Management was founded by advisors who provide financial planning services and investment guidance for individuals, families and businesses. The firm’s key principles are Integrity, Independence and Insight, factors we bring to each and every relationship. Investors need to know they can trust the guidance they are given and the foundation on which it is based. We believe our independence is crucial in the current environment, as clients rely on receiving guidance and counsel focused on their concerns, not influenced by another agenda or competing interests. Understanding both the client’s unique situation and the current investment and economic environment is essential to our mission. Our firm’s mission is to respectively bring these core principles to our clients and implement a strategy tailored to each client and delivered with unsurpassed service.

We believe in thinking “out of the box” and we are not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom in our approach to investing and preserving wealth. All of our energy, commitment, and efforts are focused on you, the client, and your satisfaction.

Your Future

Our first priority is helping you take care of yourself and your family. We want to learn about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. We want to bring our experience and training fully to our clients. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the underpinning of our work and partnership with our clients.

Our Team

Erik Ford CFP®, AIF®

Partner / Advisor


Erik has 40 years of experience in financial services, including 20 years in corporate banking and the last 20 as a financial advisor to individuals and businesses. He holds a BA in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in finance from Northwestern’s JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is also a CFP® certificate holder and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).

Erik lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois where he raised his three adult children. He has been active in the village, having served on several village commissions, including the Plan Commission and chairing the Finance Commission. He also serves as a trustee on the board of the Science and Arts Academy, a K-8 private school for gifted students in Des Plaines, Illinois. He has coached youth sports and taught finance and business strategy at the undergraduate and graduate level.

In his free time, Erik enjoys reading, traveling and playing golf.

Jason Marrs CFP®

Partner / Advisor


Jason has six years of experience in financial services. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Economics from Illinois State University. He was also a member of the Illinois State Golf Team all four years. He is also a CFP® certificate holder.

Jason and his wife Stephanie live in Wheaton, Illinois. On a personal level, Jason enjoys playing golf and competing in tournaments. He enjoys various other outdoor activities including hiking, pickle-ball and spending time with his dog, Tucker.

His goal is to create an experience where you feel absolutely comfortable understanding your goals, plans, and investment choices at all times. Your trust and optimal financial care is his primary focus.

Jody Devereaux

Client Service Manager


Jody has been with the firm for ten years. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University. She lives in Glen Ellyn, where she has raised her three children. She enjoys exercise, pickleball and her grandchildren.

The North American Bison

We chose the bison as our symbol because it is neither bull nor bear, but an iconic and enduring symbol for the American heartland. When a storm approaches, the bison turns to face it.

What does Fortitude mean in our name?

“Strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.”

— Merriam-Webster