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.
New Bern was settled by Swiss and German adventurers led by Baron Christopher de Graffenried from Bern, Switzerland and founded in 1710 at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers,. New Bern is the second oldest town in the state. Royal Governor William Tryon made this seaport his colonial capitol and residence, Tryon Palace, was built in 1770.
A major port and trading center in the 1800's, New Bern was captured and occupied by the Union Army after a fierce battle on March 14, 1862.
New Bern has three historic districts with homes, stores, and churches dating as far back as the early 18th century. In fact, there are 36 individual listings and more than 150 sites included in the National Register of Historic Places. History abounds around every corner, with over 150 landmarks -some dating to the 18th century- representing a variety of architectural periods.
New Bern has grown to over lots of shopping, restaurants, and excellent healthcare. Currently, Craven Regional Medical Center is expanding to accommodate the increase in population that has been seen over the past years.
There are also several fine museums. The Firemen's Museum has restored equipment and displays honoring more than two centuries of firefighters. The New Bern Academy, built circa 1806, is the oldest chartered school in the state and is now a museum that houses artifacts that focus on education, architecture, and the Civil War.