Annual Convention Speakers

Eric Silverman

Eric Silverman

Founder and Owner of Voluntary Disruption

Eric Silverman, Founder and Owner of Baltimore Maryland based Voluntary Disruption (VD), a division of Silverman Benefits Group (SBG), is considered one of the most recognized authorities and disruptive forces in enhanced employee funded benefits (the industry formerly known as “voluntary”). 

Eric is widely known as a subject matter expert with more than 22 years of employee benefit sales, marketing, management and recruiting experience. He is often sought after and interviewed by various journalists from multiple industry publications such as BenefitsPRO, ThinkAdvisor (formerly LifeHealthPRO), and Employee Benefit News (EBN) online and print magazines. He is also frequently hired to deliver key notes and to speak on various expert panels at national industrywide and carrier conferences each year. 

Eric has received the “Voluntary Adviser of the Year” award by Employee Benefit Adviser (EBA) magazine – one of the highest industrywide honors given to only one “voluntary” adviser annually. He is also a contributing author to the Amazon Best Selling employee benefits book, “Breaking Through The Status Quo.” 

Eric is the host of his nationally recognized podcast, #RockstarsRocking, which can be found anywhere you consume and download podcasts – including Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon and many others. He’s been honored as a “Rising Star in Advising” by Employee Benefit Adviser magazine and can be found within the online and print pages of American’s Benefit Specialist, BenefitsPRO and EBN magazines as a regularly featured columnist and commentator. 

Over the last decade alone, Eric has recruited, trained, and developed more than 2,000 commission sales agents, interns, and broker partners, which led to the securing of more than 2,500 commercial worksite payroll accounts and the generation of more than $200 million dollars in gross annualized sales revenue. 

Prior to the insurance business, Eric had zero professional experience; starting his career as a college intern and quickly propelled into management; focusing most efforts on new business development through the procurement and development of new broker partners and the recruiting of college interns and career agents to support his broker focused initiative. His unique management style, coupled with his tenacious focus on detail, customer service, ethics and integrity are what has assured his consistent growth each year. 


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