Our Team

Jared Jester

Jared Jester

President/C.E.O.

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.

Jessica Drinkwater

Jessica Drinkwater

Controller

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.

Lindsy Bentz

Lindsy Bentz

Digital Operations Manager

Lindsy is 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 necessary technology solutions acting as a liaison between clients and developers. She has assisted in the UI design and production of new database/dashboard software currently utilized to publish conference proceedings for the hardware industry as well as reporting software utilized by government contractors.

Philip Burckhalter

Philip Burckhalter

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. Since then, Philip has proven his talent for Project Management and interacts with the majority of Jester Communications' clients.

Jessica Caruso

Jessica Caruso

Executive Assistant

Jessica graduated in 2011 from USCB with a bachelors in Business Administration, concentrating in management and marketing. While in college she was an administrative assistant for a real estate developer that is responsible for making Bluffton the community that it is today. Since then, she has gained experience in sales as an account executive and is passionate about building relationships with clients and connecting consumers with businesses through web, print, social media and networking. She's a member of the Young Professionals Group of the Chamber of Commerce and spends her weekends with her friends and family on the May River.

Travis Stephenson

Travis Stephenson

Senior Creative Director

Travis earned his BFA in Graphic Design from Winthrop University. Recognized for his expertise in branding, logo, website, and UI designs, Travis has served as a designer for many reputable organizations including John Deere, Pinkerton Services Group, Anderson Communications, six years as an independent designer, and Spirer Communications. While with Spirer, Stephenson developed a $3MM award-winning campaign for Brunswick Forest prior to coming on board Jester Communications as Senior Creative Director. Since 2008, Travis has become an invaluable resource in creating products, winning awards, and keeping Jester at the forefront of high caliber design and best practice intuitive user experiences.

Joe Wright

Joe Wright

Senior Developer

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 Burnsed

Elisa Burnsed

Senior Developer

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.

Ryan Fuller

Ryan Fuller

Designer

"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. After graduation Ryan went to work for the marketing & management agency of local NBA athlete Jason Richardson. 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. "

Chris Wilhite

Chris Wilhite

Technical Advisor/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.

Roland Prancan

Roland Prancan

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.

Jess Austin

Jess Austin

Developer

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.

Will Fisher

Will Fisher

Junior Developer

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.

Travis Nesland

Travis Nesland

Junior Developer

Travis is a software developer that enjoys doing a little bit of everything. His interest in computing grew from a desire to automate the mundane and structure information. After spending 5 yearsdesigning and deploying databases he spent time writing software to trace and analyze axonal projections in the human brain derived magnetic resonance images. Aside from writing software, Travis enjoys riding bikes, playing sports and getting out to the beach when he can.

Gary Graham

Gary Graham

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.


 

 

Jester Communications is a developer of Mobile Applications and Sales Support Systems designed to increase revenues and reduce expenses of corporations that have either large sales forces or dealer networks. Our proven business model incorporates a recurring revenue stream gained from corporate sales force and dealer network fees.

 


 

Location

Our office is located in historic downtown Bluffton, SC, the mainland gateway to beautiful Hilton Head Island. Our scenic and convenient location allows us to entice potential employees from Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC as well as major metropolitan cities like Columbia, SC and Atlanta, GA.

What we do

At Jester Communications our specialties lie in strategy, aesthetics, form, flow, function, system architecture, content management systems, interactive design, complex data integration and rich media delivery. Our proprietary mobile application development platform is a direct reflection of our cutting-edge product line. We are committed to exceeding all of our client's expectations.

Development of Mobile Apps

In the past, a good website seemed to be enough to meet the needs of a rapidly changing digital market. These days are now behind us. Today marketing must adapt to the sale of 1.2 billion smartphones and nearly 400 million iPads. It is predicted that these mobile devices will be the tool that continues to dominate consumer communications.