About Senior Market Team

Who We Are

Senior Market Team, LLC was founded by partners Derek Carnohan, Melissa Bales and Jerry Deatherage in 2013 with a vision of building an agency based on the foundations of education and support. Our goal is to help more agents transition into senior market sales. With our vast experience and knowledge of Medicare and the senior market we assist agents in building a renewal based business.

Based in the Greater Cincinnati area, we’re able to support agents and brokers throughout the Midwest. It’s our focus to provide compliance, sales and marketing support to our partners, allowing them to succeed in the fastest growing insurance segment.

We understand the importance of choosing the right partner! We want to extend our support by providing numerous in-person training opportunities at our two locations (OH/KY), one-on-one attention, agent ride-alongs, certification and contracting support.

The team at Senior Market Team has been amazing to work with! My questions are always answered immediately and I have more hands-on support than I ever could have imagined. They have play a key role in growing my business. Thank you Senior Market Team!

— Kristen Horner

Meet the Team

Jerry Deathrage

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with major focuses in Economics/Business Administration from Hanover College in 1988, he began and has enjoyed his entire career in the insurance industry.

Working primarily in the ever-changing employee benefits area, he continues to build his business on implementing creative solutions and responsive service. Bringing practical solutions with a drive for customer satisfaction, his goal is to bring true business solutions to his clients and broker partners.

Derek Carnohan

Derek is a second generation benefits expert. Derek joined his father as part of National Benefits Brokerage in 2001 where he personally assisted employers manage and proactively stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of Employee Benefits.

In addition to personal his direct work with employers, Derek has been a driving force, recruiting and training many of the independent brokers and agents who have worked under the National Benefits Brokerage label. He has now brought his recruiting and advisory experience to benefit the employers and broker-partners of NEST.

Melissa Bales

Melissa has worked in the Medicare field since 2006. She has worked with several entities from banks, financial planners, accountants to nursing home facilities to help their clients determine what is the best option for their Medicare choice. In 2013, she joined forces with Derek Carnohan and Jerry Deatherage to form Senior Market Team.

With my in-depth knowledge of how the Medicare system works, she has taken that experience and helped agents grow their business from minimal clients to a booming renewal based business.

Ready To Get Started?

Getting started is easy. If you feel like you’re an insurance agent that would do well in the Medicare market, reach out to us to begin the conversation.