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Melba Ballard

Melba Ballard Ins Agcy Inc

8471 W Commercial Blvd
Tamarac, FL 33351

1/4 mile East of Pine Island Rd on Commercial Blvd. State Farm Plaza is on the left.

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Office Hours

9am - 5:30pm
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8471 W Commercial Blvd
Tamarac, FL 33351


English, Papiamentu, Spanish, Russian

Welcome to Melba Ballard State Farm!

Melba Ballard State Farm is your local insurance agency for Tamarac, FL! Melba and her team of licensed insurance professionals can assist you with Auto, Renters, Homeowners, Life, Health and other State Farm policy services. Although she’s based in Tamarac, her office is licensed to service your insurance needs in Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Coral Springs, Parkland, Weston and everywhere else in Florida. Melba was born in Florida to Cuban parents and has lived in Broward County since 1986. After graduating from Florida State University, she opened her State Farm agency in 1989 and has consistently been recognized as an industry leader. State Farm awarded her with numerous honors, including Ambassador Travel since 1989. Her agency has also received the Crystal Excellence Award and is a member of the Senior Vice President's Club, and President's Club. Since day one, Melba and her team have prided themselves on excellent customer service, transparency and helping families get the coverage they need. Her office welcomes people and businesses of all backgrounds to stop by her agency and offers insurance services in English, Spanish and Russian. When Melba isn’t at her office, she enjoys spending time with her family boating and fishing. She’s also an avid tennis player and serves her community as a member of the Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Happy New Year! With a new year comes new goals for you and your family. Have you looked at your financial goals and insurance recently?

I can help you get started on the right track for the New Year. Give our office a call and let’s take a look at ways we can help you reach your goals for 2024!

Insurance Products Offered

Auto, Homeowners, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Business, Life, Health, Pet

Other Products

Banking, Mutual Funds, Annuities

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The Melba Ballard State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.

Melba Ballard is your reliable State Farm Insurance professional in Tamarac, FL. With a commitment to serving the community, Melba and her team bring a wealth of experience and dedication to help you safeguard what matters most. As a seasoned insurance agent, Melba understands the unique needs of Tamarac residents and is here to guide you through important decisions without compromise. Backed by the reputable State Farm brand, Melba is your local connection to reliable coverage that suits your lifestyle. Reach out to Melba Ballard today for personalized insurance support that prioritizes your long-term security.

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Bobbi Mayes State Farm Agent Team Member

Bobbi Mayes

Office Manager

I started my career in the insurance industry with State Farm in my Junior year of High School in 2001. In 2010, I began working at Melba Ballard State Farm Insurance Agency. As the office manager, my main focus is on customer relations, training new team members, and helping team members execute more complicated customer changes. I hold Insurance licenses in Life, Health, and Property & Casualty. On my days off, I love spending time with my daughter, biking, and going to concerts

Christina Baldwin State Farm Agent Team Member

Christina Baldwin

Personal Account Representative

Born and raised in Florida, I started my insurance career in 1993 with State Farm Insurance. I joined the awesome team at Melba Ballard State Farm Insurance Agency in 2010 where I am an Account Representative. I am licensed in Auto, Fire, Life & Health (Personal Lines & Life/Health). I love spending time with my twin teenage boys, going to country concerts or bike riding with friends, as well as day trips and doing crafts. Give me a call today for a free quote

Alejandra Rueda State Farm Agent Team Member

Alejandra Rueda

Office Representative

Alejandra Rueda is a bilingual account representative at Melba Ballard office for over a decade, Florida licensed in Auto, Home, Life and Health. Additionally, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Alejandra’s main purpose is to build strong customer relationships. She goes above and beyond to help customers to protect their lives and assets. She is happy to be part of a professional team with the same values and work ethics. Alejandra is proudly from Quito, Ecuador, and has lived in Weston, Florida for the past 20 years. She is deeply devoted to her son Matias. They love to spend time together playing basketball, tennis, and building beautiful memories. Her family is the most important and valuable gift she has.

Maritza Baez State Farm Agent Team Member

Maritza Baez

Office Representative

 Maritza has been a State Farm representative since 2011 with the Melba Ballard Agency, helping families find the proper way to protect their lives and assets. She enjoys being a good neighbor and helping the community, by providing financial and insurance knowledge. Maritza is a mom to two soccer players and loves to spend time outdoors and having fun with family.    ~

Julie Ann Colletti State Farm Agent Team Member

Julie Ann Colletti

Customer Service Representative

Julie Ann has been with our State Farm office for over 15 Years.  With over 30 years experience as a customer service representative she handles all aspects of Auto, Home, Life and Health insurance, making sure that our customers receive a timely response to their questions and service needs. Born and raised in South Florida, Julie Ann loves spending time with her family & friends and taking extra special care of all her fur babies! She is true inspiration to our team!    

Tatyana Podmankova State Farm Agent Team Member

Tatyana Podmankova

Office Representative

My name is Tatyana Podmankova. I was born and raised in Kazakhstan, in a small town where everyone knew each other. After graduating high school, I attended the Moscow State University Of Foreign languages. While there, I studied English and German as my second and third language, receiving my Bachelor’s degree. Because of the nature of my studies, I received a contract to come to The United States to work. Once here, I fell in love with the diversity of this country and I decided this is where I want to live and grow. I started my insurance career with health insurance in 2017, from there I moved to State Farm, a company that has proven to be the strongest insurance company in the industry, in 2018! I am licensed in the State of Florida with a 220 General Lines License and a 215 Life and Health License. What excites me the most about my work is making a difference in peoples’ lives. There is no greater gift than a person’s smile and appreciation. I hope to continue to make a difference in people’s lives and have their interests in mind at all times with the help of State Farm! Please give me the opportunity to help you with your life, auto, or homeowner’s insurance.

John Ballard State Farm Agent Team Member

John Ballard

Account Representative

I was born and raised in South Florida and I graduated from FSU with a degree in Finance. As a licensed agent, I enjoy helping customers with all of their insurance needs. When I'm not working, you can find me on a golf course or boating with friends and family!
Karen Flores State Farm Agent Team Member

Karen Flores

Customer Service Representative

I was born in Honduras and moved to South Florida in 1996. I have been in the insurance industry since 2001 and have a 4-40 Customer Representative license. I enjoy having the opportunity to help our State Farm customers find options for their insurance needs. On my time off, I enjoy catching a good foreign film (no matter the language) and cooking. Give me a call today for a free quote!

Barbara Ward State Farm Agent Team Member

Barbara Ward

Office Representative

I started my insurance career in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA in 1967, but moved to Broward County, FL in 1977. At Melba Ballard State Farm Insurance Agency, I help our customers manage their accounts through proof of losses; repairs or lowering their insurance costs since 2018. I currently hold my General Lines Auto, Property & Casualty, and Life, Health insurance licenses. I focus on customer service and work to meet their needs with my attention to detail and efficiency. In my spare time, I like to read, do bible studies, and spend my time at church.

Catherine Aponte Castillo State Farm Agent Team Member

Catherine Aponte Castillo

Customer Service Representative

I have been a part of the Melba Ballard State Farm Insurance Agency since April of 2019. I started with the team as a junior in high school. I am licensed in 4-40 Customer Representative, Auto, Fire, Life, and Health Insurance. As a bi-lingual customer service representative, I work hard to assist our customer's insurance needs in their preferred language, English, Spanish or Papiamento! Being part of such a great team makes coming to work fun and enjoyable. Currently, I am attending Broward College working on getting my Associates’ Degree in General Studies. I look forward to transferring to UCF or FAU to do my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and majoring in Marketing. I’m proudly Venezuelan and Curacaoan and I’ve lived in Coral Springs, FL since 2016. When I am not working you can find me singing, modeling, or at a concert… music is my biggest passion. My family, friends, and “Farm-ily” are my biggest blessings!

Ed Ballard State Farm Agent Team Member

Ed Ballard

Account Representative

Ed has been with our State Farm office for over 30 years. Please contact Ed to discuss your Life Insurance, Auto Insurance, Home Insurance, and Financial Services needs. He is licensed to serve State Farm customers in Florida!

Ashley Cerna State Farm Agent Team Member

Ashley Cerna

Office Representative

I joined the Melba Ballard team as a senior in high school.  Over the past year I have obtained my 4-40 Customer Representative license.  My favorite part of my work day is helping others and giving, both our English and Spanish speaking customers, the quality service they have come to expect from State Farm and our agency.  I currently live in Coral Springs.  I was born in Jacksonville, FL and raised in South Florida by my wonderful Peruvian family.  I attend Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  If I am not working or studying you can find me either at church or solving a jigsaw puzzle!


Faith Dessberg State Farm Agent Team Member

Faith Dessberg

Customer Service Representative

I was born and raised in South Florida, I graduated from Broward College with my Degree in Business Administration. Our focus at Melba Ballard State Farm Agency, is being a Good Neighbor and providing our customer with the best service. I am licensed in Auto, Homeowners, Business lines and Health. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. If I am not with my family, you can find me at the gym or on a boat with my friends. Give us a call to get you started on a free insurance quote!

Our Agency

  • Our mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.
  • Our office is located in Tamarac, FL.
  • Our agency has received awards including: President's Club, Chairman's Circle, Ambassador Travel, Legion of Honor, Senior Vice President's Club, and Crystal Excellence Award
  • Additional languages spoken: Spanish

This busy insurance and financial services office has a passion to make a difference in the lives of others and better the community. We are a growing agency with big dreams and lots of potential. Our team works hard to reach our goals together as a team and have fun while we are doing it! Come work with an energetic, fun team at Melba Ballard - State Farm Agent!

Learn more about our agency and the career opportunities with us.
Available Positions
Please Note: This opportunity is about potential employment with an independent contractor agent who solicits applications for State Farm products and services, and does NOT result in employment with any of the State Farm Insurance Companies. The employment selection decision , terms and conditions of employment (such as compensation and benefits) are all determined solely by the independent contractor agent.