Jared is the Founder and CEO of Jester Communications. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Graphic Design concentration. With an eye for detail, he is the visionary leader setting the tone for excellence at Jestercom since it's founding in 2000. Jared has built a solid reputation through premium design and functionality for some of the largest manufacturers in the world.
Director of Operations
A Lowcountry South Carolina native, and an active member in his church, Clayton brings a strong foundation of loyalty and community to Jester Communications. Clayton previously worked in the construction industry, managing the development of million dollar luxury homes on Hilton Head Island and eventually becoming a leading sales representative. With a unique perspective from outside the software industry, Clayton brings his universal skills in team building, business management, and client relations to Jester Communications. Away from the office, Clayton enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family and friends, along with the occasional wake boarding trip on our local May River.
Katherine brings more than 20 years of experience in project management, public relations and integrated marketing. Ms. Gill has guided multiyear, complex IT projects, and in the process forged a broad spectrum of client relationships including with IBM, the Cleveland Clinic, Covidien, Kaman Aerospace, Giant Bicycles, and numerous companies in the B2B, B2C, education and arts verticals. Katherine possesses deep knowledge in managing technical projects, but also in navigating clients and internal teams through events, print production, branding, advertising, social media engagement, and content strategy. Ms. Gill received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications & Advertising from Emerson College in Boston.
Jessica’s accounting career began in 2006 working directly under a Certified Public Accountant as an assistant quickly earning the role of Staff Accountant, with several direct clients. From there, she went on to become an Accounting Manager for a local business in Bluffton, SC. She created the company’s first budget projections and helped them attain record high profit margins. In addition, Jessica launched her own private accounting service for several businesses in the area. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management and is also currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Accountancy. Jessica has been with Jester Communications since March 2012.
Senior Creative Director
Travis earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (with a Graphic Design concentration) degree from Winthrop University. Travis is widely recognized for his diverse media expertise, branding ability, and unrivaled logo and website designs. He has significant experience in designing presentations, collateral, websites, managing freelancers, supervising photo shoots, developing trade show booths, performing press checks, illustration (e.g. maps, logos, etc.) and digitally enhancing photography. Travis has served as a designer for many reputable organizations including John Deere, Pinkerton Services Group, and Anderson Communications Group before going into work for himself. After six years as an independent designer, Travis joined Spirer Communications firm as Senior Art Director. While with Spirer, Stephenson developed a $3MM award-winning branding / ad campaign for Brunswick Forest prior to coming on board Jester Communications as Senior Creative Director.
Chris has been designing software for the last 13 years. He has helped establish Jester Communications as the leader in distributed software solutions for the marine industry with his expertise in cloud based services and distributed data management. His background is in web programming, web application design, UI design, and mobile development. He’s been with Jester Communication since 2008, working on, and overseeing, all technical aspects of the company. Before that, Chris worked with several other organizations working on database design management and other forms of software development.
Engineering Operations and Testing
Mr. Prancan has more than 24 years experience in managing testing in research and development environments before coming to Jester Communications. Mr. Prancan has served as a consultant to Houghton Mifflin Publishing -Technology Division, but most of his extensive experience was gained in helping 2 startups grow from startups into medium-sized, successful companies. There Mr. Prancan managed engineer divisions at Bay Networks Systems Test Group and Avici Systems. Mr. Prancan brings in-depth knowledge of hardware and software product life cycles, and extensive experience developing and maintaining test processes that insured real world simulation and 99.999% uptime. He has extensive knowledge of building automation test groups – including Stress, Performance, Scaling, Regression testing. Mr. Prancan holds two Masters of Science degrees, Physics from University of Denver and Computer Science and Mathematics from University of Illinois, Chicago.
In 2010, Joe Wright earned a BA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He’s worked on web applications since 2006, and continues to learn and improve his skills with Jestercom. His responsibilities include the development of server-side applications, managing infrastructure, and improving client-side projects. Joe has been working with Jester Communications since October 2011.
Elisa earned her Bachelor of Information Technology degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, GA. During her sophomore year in college she did an Internship with Memorial University Medical Center where she was part of the development team that created the hospitals infrastructure, Horizon Ambulatory Care (HAC). She was responsible for data conversions and the development of the GUI. After graduation, Elisa joined Jester Communications in mid October 2012, as an intern, she was hired in January 2013 to work in the Developing Department.
Brant has been developing front-end work professionally and freelance for the better part of 10 years. He has a degree in Web Development as well as certifications including Web Programmer Levels I & II. He has developed numerous award winning sites, including a second place finish in Google's nationwide Juicy Ideas competition in 2011. His experience includes database development and management, server side technology implementations, server system architecture and cloud infrastructure.
From Asheville, North Carolina, Jess Austin graduated top of her program while earning a diploma in Mobile Development, a program one of the first of its’ kind in the country in Spring 2014. During her final semester, she was sought out by JesterCom and when recommended by her instructors, went through an interview process that led to her working at JesterCom full time as a junior developer, and will continue to learn and improve her skills.
Philip Burckhalter graduated from Clemson University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, with a minor in finance. Immediately after graduation, “Phil” took a role as a Financial Representative in Greenville, NC, for roughly a year and a half before moving to Charleston, SC. There he was a Mortgage Consultant for Homeowners Mortgage. In early 2013, he brought his sales and finance background to Jestercom and joined the team as a Sales Associate.