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Jerry Ballard & Associates, Inc.
Local: 252-726-5400
Toll Free: 888-765-5400


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Serving North Carolina residents since 1974.

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ABOUT JERRY BALLARD & ASSOCIATES

Jerry Ballard, President/Owner.  “First and foremost, our main focus is to identify the true needs of our clients and fill those needs with the best North Carolina health insurance (BCBSNC®) products on the market and the best customer service in the industry.”  Jerry resides in Morehead City with his wife, Cathy and their golden retriever, Alli. Jerry is now an Exclusive Agent with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) selling individual and group health insurance. Due to increasing demand, his focus has become individual health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC (BCBSNC). When Jerry brought his insurance business to the Internet, he worked hard to create a user friendly website that was easy to understand and navigate. His goal was to make his website “a close second” to meeting his clients in person. His website, www.nchealthplans.com also offers an array of other products, such as life insurance from multiple carriers, short term health insurance and dental insurance as well as Medicare Supplement.

Jerry Ballard, the #1 top producing independent insurance agent 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 and Kennon Wainwright. 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.  During his personal time, he is an avid fisherman and sportsman.

Cathy Ballard, Secretary/Treasurer/Owner.  Cathy has been with the Agency for more than a decade, initially focusing on customer service before adding individual sales to her duties.  Cathy also manages the day to day operation of the agency, including troubleshooting and website development. 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.   Cathy resides on the Coast of North Carolina and in her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and all aspects of her and Jerry’s boating lifestyle.

Amanda Morrow, Customer Service/Sales Agent and Director of Social Media.  Amanda has been our customer service representative since 2005, she began her new role in May 2010 as an authorized sales representative for our agency and also handles all aspects of social media for the agency.  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. Amanda resides in Morehead City, NC with her husband, 2 sons and the addition of her beautiful daughter, Sara Campbell. Assistance is just a phone call away for your Blue Advantage, Blue Options HSA, Dental Blue, and other health insurance needs. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys boating, reading, and taking trips to the mountains. After attending UNC-CH and ECU, Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1998. She taught elementary school for several years before entering the medical and health world. Amanda was a pharmaceutical sales representative for AstraZeneca and St. Jude Medical.

Kennon Wainwright, Vice President of Sales and Agency Manager.  Kennon joined our agency as an Authorized Blue Cross Blue Shield Agent.  Kennon grew up on the coast in beautiful Morehead City, North Carolina.  He attended Virginia Episcopal for High School before entering The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He graduated from UNC-CH with a Bachelor’s Degree in Peace, War and Defense.

Kennon 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 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.  Kennon is also working towards his Accredited Advisor in Insurance Designation and is excited to assist North Carolina residents with their health insurance needs.  He looks forward to sharing the wide range of exceptional Blue Cross Blue Shield Products such as Blue Advantage, Blue Options HSA, and Dental Blue.  Kennon is confident that he can find a plan that best suits your needs and situation.

In his spare time, Kennon enjoys spending time on the water, hunting with his chocolate lab, Goose and cheering for the Tar Heels.  Kennon is a tremendous asset to our agency and brings knowledge about the BCBSNC products to best serve you and your insurance needs.

engagementKristen Baily has recently joined Jerry Ballard & Associates as a Customer Service & Sales Representative.  She is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a concentration in Human Resource Management. Kristen is joining our team with over 7 years of sales and customer service experience in the home building and real estate industry.

A native of Eastern North Carolina, Kristen enjoys living on the coast and boating with her family and friends in her spare time. She and her husband reside in Beaufort with their two dogs.

Kristen is thrilled to implement her experience in customer service and sales in the insurance world and she is looking forward to providing residents of North Carolina with the knowledge and guidance needed to select the Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC products that meet your health insurance needs and assist you in navigating through the Marketplace to determine subsidy eligibility.

DSC_0858 5x7Kara 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).  With over twelve years of customer service experience, Kara is a graduate of the University of Texas, El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from San Diego State University.

Prior to joining our agency, Kara taught high school English and Elementary Spanish in both the public and private school sectors.  She relocated to Morehead City, NC in support of her husband’s military career and now resides there with her three sons, her daughter, a Golden Retriever and a house cat.  In her spare time, Kara enjoys reading, paddle boarding and spending time with her children.  For all your Blue Advantage, Blue Value, Blue Select and Dental Blue needs, Kara brings both personable and professional assistance to the health care industry and the residents of North Carolina and she is pleased to offer her service expertise to help you navigate through the Marketplace to determine subsidy eligibility and to guide you in choosing the best Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina plans for you and your family.

Jerry began his career in the health insurance industry in 1974. Throughout the years, he has written health insurance in NC through many different companies. After many years of doing business with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina he determined they provided the best coverage, service and value than any of his previous carriers, which is why he elected to become an Exclusive Agent for Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC (BCBSNC). In February of 2000, Jerry shifted his business model to an Online Internet Based Company. He has worked throughout the past 13 years training and experimenting with every aspect of an Online Company. As you may realize, the standard business model of a 9-5 platform quickly diminished as the need for a more fluctuating schedule became apparent. Our agency prides itself on helping individuals with their insurance needs, after they get off work and have time to focus on these issues. Once their needs have been identified and an application has been submitted, they are on their way to acquiring the best possible health insurance coverage in North Carolina for themselves, their spouse and their children. Our agency couples outstanding individual customer service with the technological sophistication that allows customers the best of both worlds – quick and accurate information via our website at www.nchealthplans.com and ready access via our toll free number 888-765-5400 to a knowledgeable agent. In spite of his 39 years in the health insurance business and his many professional accomplishments and industry awards, Jerry is a modest man who never loses sight of what is really important – taking care of his clients. You will be surprised how quickly and easily you can find and price the best North Carolina health plan for you and your family as well as getting all your questions answered, without leaving your home or office, just by contacting Jerry Ballard and his trained and experienced staff. We have links on our blog which can provide additional information about our products, plan description, benefits, claims, health conditions all offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC (BCBSNC). We take tremendous pride in offering the best possible service to all our clients. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in any of your insurance needs. When all is said and done, nothing speaks louder about Jerry Ballard and Associates than these statistics:

  • 80-90% of our clients refer family members and friends to us
  • 90% of our clients stay with us year after year
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