Jerry Ballard, the #1 top producing independent insurance agent1,2 for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina® in individual sales for 10 consecutive years, leads an impressive team dedicated to providing superb service to all of the Agency’s customers. The team includes Cathy Ballard, Amanda Morrow, Kennon Wainwright, Kristen Baily and Kara Withee. Jerry Ballard & Associates, Inc. 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.
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 nearly a decade. 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 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, 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 has recently joined our agency as a Customer Service & Sales Representative and is licensed in both life and health. Kristen is looking forward to providing residents of North Carolina with the knowledge and guidance needed to navigate through the Marketplace to determine subsidy eligibility and help select the best Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC products that meet their health insurance needs. Kara Withee has recently joined Jerry Ballard and Associates as a Customer Service Representative and Sales Associate for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). Kara brings both personable and professional assistance to the health care industry and the residents of North Carolina and is excited to assist you selecting the best plan for you and your family.
Insurance has become increasing complex, and with features of the Affordable Care Act being phased in, it takes trained, experienced agents to fit individual needs to the plan that works best. Our Agency offers a variety of individual property lines, including Blue Advantage, Blue Options HSA, DentalBlue, and Small Group Health Insurance Plans; our agents know how best 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 all of your questions answered.
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.