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 for Jester Communications. Jared has been setting the tone for excellence at Jestercom since its founding in 2000. He 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.
Jessica has worked in both public and private accounting for nearly a decade. She began her career working in a Certified Public Accounting office. Having held the title of Staff Account and Accounting Manager, Jessica brings a strong background in business management and finance. She has helped companies reach record high profit margins and create manageable budgets. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor in Business Management. When not at the office you will find her spending quality time with her son and close-knit family. She started at Jester Communications in March 2012.
Account Rep / Project Manager
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.
Digital Operations Manager
Lindsy Bentz brings a strong competitive nature and the drive to continuously explore new approaches, new strategies, and new tactics. As a hands-on leader that emphasizes teamwork and cooperation, she champions individuals and establishes a collaborative, performance-driven culture that consistently meets and exceeds expectations. In previous endeavours, Lindsy demonstrated the ability to identify technology solutions acting as a liaison between clients and developers assisting in the UI design and production of new database/dashboard software currently utilized to publish conference proceedings for the hardware industry. Preceding experience also includes an executive role in which she strategically planned and directed the execution of both website and digital ad design and implementation, as well as provided the overall marketing strategy, for a nine-concept, +$10M/year grossing restaurant group.
Account Rep / Project Manager
A Lowcountry native, Amelia earned a bachelor degree in marketing and sales management from Georgia Southern University. After graduation, Amelia spent three years focused on marketing initiatives, including brand strategy, campaign development and social media management, at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island. Prior to joining Jester, Amelia worked at BFG Communications, providing client support on marketing projects for national and global brands including R.J. Reynolds, Snyder’s-Lance and more. Amelia brings strong marketing, advertising, client relationship building and management skills to the Jester team. Amelia enjoys spending time outdoors, especially at the beach, reading and traveling.
Data Management Assistant
Gary has the unique experience of spending 15 years in the Culinary industry prior to joining Jester Communications. After spending the first 16 years of life in Upstate NY and the next 10 years in the Atlanta area, Gary spent a few years attending the “School of Hard Knocks” and a couple of years in the US Army. Through his experiences, he has developed a keen eye for detail, an intense work ethic and a different angle of critical thought and problem solving.
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.
Ryan comes to Jester Communications from the frigid Saginaw Bay region of Michigan where he earned his B.A. in Graphic Design from Saginaw Valley State University in 2008. A highly motivated self starter and perpetual dreamer, Ryan hit the ground running and before graduating that year landed his first client, NBA Allstar Jason Richardson. For 5 years Ryan led the design department for Richardsons Management & Marketing Company, planning and executing projects ranging from logos and branding to web and publication design. In 2010 Ryan relocated to the Lowcountry, trading the ice and snow for the sun and sand. Prior to joining JesterCom Ryan worked as an Interactive Designer with BFG Communications creating unique and unforgettable web and mobile experiences for clients such as Mello Yello, Whirlpool, ACE Hardware, and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. Outside of the office Ryan is a cat loving foodie, with a passion for all night gaming, horror flicks, and getting lost in the woods.
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 joining Jester Communications. Mr. Prancan has served as a consultant to Houghton Mifflin Publishing Technology Division. He also nurtured two startups's growth 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 Bachelor of Arts 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 hospital's infrastructure, Horizon Ambulatory Care (HAC). She was responsible for data conversions and the development of the GUI. After graduation, Elisa joined Jester Communications in October 2012 as an intern, and she was hired in January 2013 to work with out development team.
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.
Since an early age, the search for technological prowess has been a primary focus in my life. My inherent adaptability has often allowed me to harness technologies to improve the efficiency of my family’s life as well as my own. I hope to continue my quest to improve the efficacy of whatever technological implementation with which I am presented.