Eric Stewart opened the Eric Stewart Insurance Agency in Franklin’s Westhaven community in November 2013. Eric, a registered principle agent, primarily offers Erie Insurance, which is rated #1 by J.D. Power and Associates in small business commercial insurance and in the top 10 in several other categories. Eric provides Erie Insurance for small businesses, as well as home owners, life insurance, annuities, umbrella policies, and more for individuals. Eric’s agency also offers products from other insurance companies to ensure that his customers can obtain any insurance they need.
When Eric and his family decided to relocate to Franklin in the summer of 2013, after Eric had nearly three years of success in the insurance industry and a stellar 14-year track record in medical sales, Eric quickly received three job offers in the area. Eric choose to predominantly represent Erie because he had a hard time competing against it, and because Erie provides more individualized care and a higher level of client service than he was able to offer at his previous company.
In 2011, a traumatic event led Eric to leave his career in medical sales in Pittsburgh to serve in the insurance industry as an agent in North Carolina. One of his best friends died of a heart attack at age 40 leaving behind a grieving family without the protection of life insurance. Eric was able to help his friend’s wife by starting a foundation and fundraising. This experience also gave Eric a passion for helping people weather the unexpected situations in life. In the insurance business, Eric can help people prepare for these difficult circumstances.
Before becoming an insurance agent, Eric had served in Fortune 500 medical sales companies. From 2000-2011, he had a stellar career selling cataract equipment and supplies to local hospitals at Alcon Surgical, which is now owned by Novartis. Prior to this position, he worked for Becton Dickinson and Company, selling surgical aseptic cleaning solution and an ophthalmology product line to local hospitals. Eric also laid the foundation for his career by selling Mita copiers for Global Imaging Systems in the Pittsburgh market from 1996 to1997, and by working for Care Health Systems as a Sales and Purchasing Agent in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from 1994 to1995.
As the youngest of nine children, Eric grew up in a low-income neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began working when he was 12 years old, and had jobs as a paperboy, baker, and dishwasher as a teenager. He paid his way through college without accumulating debt by spending summers laboring in the coal industry under grueling conditions. He graduated with a B.A. in Management in 1994 from Edinboro University in Pittsburgh.
In 1997, Eric married Christa, who he had met in college. The couple has four children: Makenzie, 13, Irelynd 11, Haluy, 9, and Gage, 7.
For the past 5 years, Eric and Crista have become very involved in the Westhaven community, their church, Cross Point, and in the children’s school, Grace Academy & Brentwood Academy. Eric also coaches in his spare time and enjoys an occasional round of golf. Eric feels blessed to be Rated one of the Best Insurance Agencies in Williamson County & Franklin, and looks forward to serving the local community for years to come.