2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
Jerry Ballard has been the #1 top producing independent insurance agent1,2 for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina® in individual sales for 10 consecutive years. In August, 2014 Jerry was inducted into the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina® Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina® membership in its President's Club as a top agent every year since its inception, and is a Charter Member of that exclusive group. He leads his company with an impressive team of Agents dedicated to providing exemplary service to all new and existing customers of the Agency.
Cathy Ballard has been with the Agency for more than a decade, initially focusing on customer service before adding individual sales to her duties. Despite these dual responsibilities, Cathy has become a strong sales performer, without sacrificing her focus on addressing customer needs, while assuring that the Agency's attention to administrative detail is impeccable. Her many years running the administrative functions of a law firm have proven invaluable. Amanda Morrow is also a valuable and experienced member of the Ballard team, having worked with the Agency for more than a decade and licensed in Health and Life Insurance. Our clients have found her attention to service issues exemplary, while her sales knowledge has assured her success as a part of our sales team. Kennon Wainwright, Vice President of Sales and Agency Manager, has brought years of diverse insurance experience to aid our clients. Not only is he licensed in Health, where he now specializes, but he also holds licenses in the Life, Medicare Supplement, Long Term Care and Property & Casualty fields. His outstanding communication skills, combined with expert product knowledge and great work ethic, assure our clients a pleasant and productive relationship. Kristen Baily and Kara Withee are our newest Customer Service & Sales Representatives licensed in Life and Health Insurance. They have received extensive training on and off the Marketplace and will be providing all residents of North Carolina with the knowledge and guidance needed to navigate through the Affordable Care Act.
Insurance has become increasingly complex, and with features of the Affordable Care Act being phased in, it takes trained, experienced agents to fit individual needs with the best available plans on the market. Our Agency offers a variety of individual personal lines, including Blue Advantage, Blue Options HSA, Dental Blue, Temporary Health Insurance, Medicare Supplements and Small Group Health Insurance Plans; our agents are trained to match those plans with the coverage needs and budget constraints of each and every customer.
Jerry Ballard & Associates couples outstanding individual customer service with the technological sophistication that allows customers the best of both worlds--quick and accurate information via www.nchealthplans.com and ready access to a knowledgeable agent using its toll free number 888-765-5400. Without leaving your home or office, you will be surprised how quickly and easily you can find the best North Carolina health plan for you, your family and your business. Contact Jerry Ballard and his trained and experienced staff to get answers to all of your questions.
Gastonia, centered in the middle of Gaston County, began as a railroad junction settlement between the Charlotte and Atlanta Airline Railroad, now the Southern Railway, and the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge line. The location of the railroads in Gaston County moved the focus of the land from essentially agriculture to what would become one of the greatest centers for textile production in the world. By 1876 a population of a little more than 200 people made this junction crossroads, called Gastonia Station, their home. The community petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly to grant a charter of incorporation, with the increase of employment and social opportunities. On January 26, 1877, Gastonia incorporated with its limits extending 1/2 mile from the railroad junction.
Gastonia is located in the Piedmont, a region of rolling hills, frequent streams and rivers, and red clay soils. The Piedmont area of North Carolina rises out of the Atlantic Coastal Plain and follows a general northeast to southwest axis, extending from south central Virginia to northeast Georgia. To the west of the Piedmont lie the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. An oak and hickory forest once covered the region. The original virgin forest has been virtually eliminated through clearance for agriculture, pasture and urban development. Replacing the original forest in undeveloped areas is a second or later growth forest of mixed hardwoods and evergreens. Tree species cultivated today are those that provide benefit to urban areas through beauty, erosion control, privacy and shade. Such trees include oak, maple, dogwood, evergreens, and flowering trees.