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About Us

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“Embodying casual intensity with an empathetic smile, a well-told story and embracing music.”

Tether was born in 2008 with the dream of creating brand visions for visionary brands. We set upon our future in a creative playground where we sold products we made, showed art we curated, held community events and concerts and created multidiscipline solutions for brands we love, from corporate giants to passionate start-ups to launching our own brands. We’ve grown and moved a few times since those early days, adding studios in Portland and New York while remaining steadfastly independent and wholly committed to being a place where strategies are elucidated, stories are crafted, concepts are germinated, and brands—big and small—are born, reborn and sent out to conquer the world.

Our Tetherites

Stanley Hainsworth
Matt Schmunk
Nancy Urner
Steve Barrett
Dodi Monahan
Bill Allen
Emily Cushman
Neil Webster
Mike Tiedy
Reanna Beem
Dave Schlesinger
Kelley Petersen
Andrea Drapcho
Daniel Petrzelka
Chirsty Allcock
Madeleine Waite
Saedi Hitner
Joanna Mathews
Kyle Russell
Paul Huggett
Ollie
Dan Smith
Julia Ondich
Alexis Smith
Tina Ou
Colin Day
James Halada
Summer Karaskova
Jeremy Hoders
Jay Ostby
Keith Slawson
Alex Warren
Rory Jensen
Peter Duong
Julia Neumann
Sandra Mitchell
Jordan Steranka
Ramon Vasquez
Haythem Khanfar
Taylor Guerra
Leslie Wang
Björn Soneson
Kewi Bedoyan
Nicole Weir
Bo Gilliland
Bronson Folz-Edwards
Andrew Eastgate
Hart Boyd
Caitlin Robinson
Jen Garcia
Greg Smith
Gregory Kaufman
Cody Elmore
Cynthia Tuan
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Stanley Hainsworth

Chief Creative Officer

Left-brained† revolutionary embarks on madcap mission‡ to redefine how design gets done.

  • Left-brainers are known for extricating astounding creative solutions from chaotic office environments.
  • Most lucrative madcap missions involve a memorable logo, a proven hydration beverage, and a clairvoyant gnome
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Matt Schmunk

Executive Creative Director

Puddletown pontificator peddles† handcrafted brand candy to acolytes and neophytes alike.‡

  • A homophonic homme, he also pedals quite a bit.
  • Lymphocytes are on their own.
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Nancy Urner

Operations Director

Efflorescent executor magically manages the machinations of an emerging empire.

  • Efflorescent individuals are often enamored by punctuation’s potential for self-expression!!!!!
  • All empires have lifecycles. We’re looking forward to the decadent decline, when it’s all champagne and supermodels.
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Steve Barrett

Executive Creative Director

Masterful mentor enlightens with poetic perceptions and big-picture bravura.

  • Effective mentorship requires the ability to provide advice that can be construed as both sagacious and cryptic.
  • In certain contexts, “bravura” may be misinterpreted as “adult ADD.”
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Dodi Monahan

Director of Client Experience

Peripatetic, polyaptitudinal Viking casts off Old World to captain accounts close to home.

  • Design? Yep. Print production. Uh-huh. Account management? Bien sûr. Molding clay and carving moguls? Check and double check.
  • See also: My Hobbit Home, A Middle-Earth Memoir.
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Bill Allen

Group Creative Director

Fireproof† director of digital bliss chases consumers‡ with interactive enchantments.

  • Despite a perfect record of fire survival, PLEASE DO NOT TEST THIS.
  • He’ll chase you too if your name’s Wilson, Titleist, or Jasper Johns.
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Emily Cushman

Creative Strategy Director

Pattern-clad† craft ninja transforms into strategic superhero,‡ leaping big ideas in a single bound.

  • In a polka dot forest, half her wardrobe could count as camouflage.
  • It all started in 2nd grade after a teacher recognized her precocious grasp of USPs.
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Neil Webster

Executive Creative Director

Tactical jargonaut† summons verbalistic prowess to craft new legends, new worlds, new rituals.‡

  • Jargonauts differ from liars in that they enjoy gainful compensation and a generous 401k plan.
  • Rituals include, but are not limited to, falcon husbandry, competitive gurning and Kirkpinar oil wrestling.
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Mike Tiedy

Executive Creative Director

Well-rounded† roamer finds his place as Gotham’s‡ newest hero, fearlessly leading creatives to uncharted conceptual heights. (Sans cape.)

  • This modern-day disciple of design majored in marine biology.
  • From Amsterdam to Seattle, he now spends his 9-to-5 in NYC.
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Reanna Beem

Talent Manager

Studio siren† wanders the world,‡ enticing talent for our band of branding commandos.

  • Traditionally, sirens entice people onto rocks; this one entices people to a place that rocks.
  • Though she’s usually deskbound, her passport collects stamps like Mötley Crüe attracts groupies.
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Dave Schlesinger

Senior Creative Industrial Design

Spatial savant† formulates 3D serendipity in an unkempt and off-kilter‡ world.

  • It requires first-hand experience and a trained eye to distinguish between a spatial savant and your average felon.
  • A term that originated with the rampant deskirting of Scotsmen during the 1513 Battle of Flodden Field.
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Kelley Petersen

Senior Account Manager

Optimistic optimizer navigates creative engagements with buoyant ebullience.

  • Ever the seafaring lass, Kelley is a member of CANOE—Committee to Attribute a Nautical Origin to Everything.
  • Proving the maxim, “character is density.”
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Andrea Drapcho

Account Director

Sinistral† studio skipper with nerves of steel guides people and projects with prescient proficiency.‡

  • “Sinistral” means, “All your scissors suck, Righty.”
  • Which basically means she knows you’re calling in sick before you do.
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Daniel Petrzelka

Creative Director

Curious concoctor nimbly shifts gears and focus, inspiring a propitious panoply of profferings.

  • Should anyone tempt you with a “brand-new concoction”, insist they take the first sip.
  • When confronted by a propitious panoply, we advise that you assume a fetal position and yodel until it retreats.
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Chirsty Allcock

Account Manager

Adventurous† account ace dives headlong into project details, shark-soaked waters and dizzying downhill descents‡.

  • From cavorting with elephant calves to cage-diving with great whites, she goes big on vacation.
  • You think you ski fast? This one burns up the powder every time she straps on her boots.
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Madeleine Waite

Account Manager

Green Mountain mama follows family tradition† granting client wishes with poise & precision. ‡

  • With a dad in ads, is it a coincidence that “Madeleine” sounds a lot like “Mad Men”?
  • Two qualities she honed in lacrosse, effortlessly connecting balls to defender’s noses nets.
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Saedi Hitner

Creative

Epic-walking wordsmith goes beyond big when it comes to concepts, waffles, jazz records and Tomb Raider.

  • Six-milers are just a Sunday stroll for this peripatetic powerhouse.
  • Her first name is “ideas” backwards. Think about that for a minute.
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Joanna Mathews

Senior Creative Strategist

Dallas-born strategy star boots Texas (but not the Cowboys) to boost brand fandom in the Emerald City. Again.

  • She still has her Cowboys Starter jacket from their ’90s heyday. That’s love.
  • This is Joanna’s third stint in Seattle. Clearly, we’re a hard habit to break.
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Kyle Russell

IT / Helpdesk Specialist

IT avenger patrols the cyber-sphere, keeping our creative community productive and protected.

  • Let’s be honest, his superheroics often come down to “you downloaded what??” [face palm]
  • Heaven forbid anyone should lose Facebook access.
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Paul Huggett

Creative Director

Image-crafting iconoclast† converts abstract observations into hypnotic visual mnemonics.‡

  • Iconoclasts are driven by the innate conviction that sacred cows make the tastiest hamburgers.
  • A mnemonic device is a visual, kinesthetic or auditory technique designed to improve… uh, I forget what.
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Ollie

Dog

Hur… Hur…

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Dan Smith

Creative Director

Jazz-jonesing design diplomat cruises the planet crafting revolutionary creative concepts.

  • You should see his hovercraft–a Mingus 3000 with custom Coltranian injectors. It’s one hip chick magnet, Daddy-O.
  • Havana. Tehran. Moscow. His passport reads like an espionage novel.
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Julia Ondich

Senior Creative

Straight-shootin’, folk-singin’ Rust Belt transplant drives brand stories with definitive design.

  • Directness, in communication and creative styles, is a hallmark of this no-muss Midwesterner.
  • Julia’s kind of joyriding spans everything from 4x4s to bikes and trains.
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Alexis Smith

Senior Video/Integrated Producer

Bibliophiliac† video visionary‡ turns ideas into execution, and chaos into kick-ass.

  • So great is her book-love, she’d bring a pup tent to Powell’s.
  • One vision led Alexis to eat gold in Amsterdam, which is not the worst thing you can do there.
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Tina Ou

Account Manager

Operationally OCD organizer greases the lanes, helping projects strike the pocket with perfect precision.

  • Tina’s juvie rap sheet includes several counts of aggravated calendaring.
  • Ever the tweener, Tina delivers with equal parts power and finesse.
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Colin Day

Creative Director

Rollicking† raconteur of moving‡ manifestos turns abstract notions into narrative potions.

  • Beware of Quiet Colin. It’s not a good sign. Fortunately, he’s rarely seen.
  • Our Susan Lucci, Colin’s never won an Emmy, but he’s been nominated countless times. (Assuming you can’t count to two.)
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James Halada

Associate Creative Director

Alphabetic alchemist transmutes lexical mettle into marketing gold.

  • Early alchemists attempted to transmute strips of leather into bacon, thus accidentally inventing beef jerky.
  • You should see this guy on the drums, pounding out the hits from the golden age of hair metal. That’s pure gold.
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Summer Karaskova

Senior Creative

Die-hard Francophile finds story craft in the cards, conjuring brand tales with a rare je ne sais quoi.

  • Conan, Cobra, American Ninja—if there’s a villain to be eviscerated, this Action Jackson is in.
  • You turn up the tarot cards, she’ll turn up your fortunes.
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Jeremy Hoders

Account Director

Big-picture, cross-platform thinker unpacks strategic toolbox to land brands in the sentimental sweet spot.

  • Northside born & bred, he also packs a Bears lunchbox. Unofficial member of Bill Swerski’s Superfans club.
  • Speaking of sweet spots, this lawn Olympian can crack mallet and toss bocce, I tell you what.
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Jay Ostby

Associate Creative Director Industrial Design

Archeologist of action engineers aggressive feats of multi-dimensional delight.

  • Also known to engineer aggressive feats of backflippery. Just ask him.
  • Certain multidimensional delights may require a two-week waiting period.
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Keith Slawson

Senior Production Designer

Disparately shod dungeon master† crosses the T’s, dots the I’s,‡ and transmogrifies RGBs to CMYKs.

  • Ask nicely and he may grant you +3 Charisma.
  • Proper use of apostrophes, yes or no? Discuss. Somewhere else.
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Alex Warren

Account Manager

Dapper lumberjack† with a knack for details‡ manages the master plan like The Man.

  • Alas, he lacks a knack for raccoon repellant—his yard is practically a refuge for the nasty buggers.
  • Though he swings an axe like Julia Child swings a cleaver, he’s more metro- than lumber sexual.
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Rory Jensen

Senior Creative

Bay State émigr醠unpacks his tackle box‡ of creative to catch the legal limit of curious consumers.

  • Émigré : from the French, for “Scourge of the Salmonidae”
  • Even without a box—the man off-gasses great ideas. Take a whiff. Mmm.
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Peter Duong

Creative

Adroit† adventurer wanders wondrously, curating and creating with curious abandon.‡

  • Adroit: French for “will smash your face in table tennis.”
  • He tried creating with furious oblivion, but the dry cleaning bills got out of hand.
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Julia Neumann

Account Manager

Sassy Saxon with a knack for tackling complexity steers projects to first position.

  • Wenn ich das übersetzen muss, du schuldest mir ein Bier.
  • Be warned, should she volunteer to drive: this former Autocrosser still chases the checkered flag.
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Sandra Mitchell

Accounting Manager

Captain of Accounting† puts her back‡ into the balance sheet, bringing order to computational chaos.

  • And Queen of Calisthenics.
  • You wanna talk backbone? This one’s backed up with steel.
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Jordan Steranka

Creative Industrial Design

Altitudinous artifact architect concocts objects of obsession for the consumer cosmos.

  • It’s easier to spot new trends on the horizon when you can see the curvature of the earth.
  • Sometimes with the help of fully-charged calipers.
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Ramon Vasquez

Senior Creative

Jovial jack-of-all-trades whips pixels into pictorial paradise and finds inspiration in the belters of a bygone era.

  • This embroidery tyro professes that hobbies are his hobby.
  • The unmistakable snarls of Bessie Smith and James Brown oft underscore a brainstorm sesh.
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Haythem Khanfar

IT Manager

Techno-protector† of digital dreams conducts a symphony of cyber felicity.‡

  • You could say he’s techno-sporty as well, what with all the biking, boarding, hiking and b-balling.
  • Cyber-felicity: the feeling of contentment when Tetriminos align and Koopas keep out.
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Taylor Guerra

Associate Creative

Roseate doer of design artfully† tightropes the technical and fantastical, always landing on her feet‡.

  • From paint and ink to pens and markers, getting crafty keeps her inner kid alive.
  • It’s not just the naps, but she’s quite sure she was a cat in a past life. No kitten.
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Leslie Wang

Senior Creative

Implacably curious voyager manipulates pixels into interactive castles of creativity.

  • Just one of her feline traits—the other being the 9 lives thing, as proven by a lifelong lack of broken bones.
  • Such fortifications ably defend against both barbarians and user error.
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Björn Soneson

Senior Creative

Globetrotting graphics hit man executes deliverables with a Swiss-army skillset.

  • Let’s be clear, all this talk of execution is purely metaphorical … or is it?
  • Skillset includes print, web, and slow jams.
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Kewi Bedoyan

Associate Creative

Cartoon-binging, comics-flipping design disrupter finds inspiration in choo choos, fuzzy fruit† and inflatable attractors‡.

  • Not just a homonym for her handle, kiwi also ranks high on her list of favorite foods.
  • She considers arm-flailing tube men essential brand elements. And makes a good case for it.
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Nicole Weir

Business Development Manager

Maven of capabilities entices entire industries, convincing clients of our inevitable engagement.

  • Her Enticement Toolbox™ includes shiny objects, sincere compliments, and an encyclopedic knowledge of The Dieline.
  • Feats made easier by her rigorous training regimen of running, hiking, and Netflix marathons.
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Bo Gilliland

Senior Creative

Salty scribe navigates lyrical seas,† crafting siren songs with style‡ and soul.

  • Making sweet, sweet music—with bands and brands—floats this salt’s 38-foot Kettenburg.
  • Three-time winner of Seamen Digest’s Sartorial Sailors & Natty Naval-Gazers.
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Bronson Folz-Edwards

Creative

Graphite-wielding† graphic designer finds beauty in abecedarian forms, alley-oops and fiery food.‡

  • 2H to 6B, his penchant for pencils is downright Escher-esque.
  • Whether cooking up concepts or chowing down, he brings the heat.
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Andrew Eastgate

Senior Developer

Southern-hemisphere web wizard translates brand initiatives into clickable pixel pulchritude.

  • Which means he knows the difference between an esky and a chilly bin.
  • Pulchritude noun | \\ˈpəl-krə-ˌtüd : an ugly word for a beautiful thing.
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Hart Boyd

Creative

Globe-trotting photog and amateur musicologist returns from a life On the Narrow Road to spin ideas for the digital frontier.

  • Vagabonding around Japan in the venerable tradition of Bashō.
  • This DJ-for-hire once jettisoned his bed to make room for (even) more vinyl.
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Caitlin Robinson

Senior Creative

Super crafty† unicorn booster drops ingots of inspiration across the brandscape.‡

  • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a flat surface in possession of glue must be in want of glitter.
  • A land populated by warring consumer tribes in constant competition for your heart.
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Jen Garcia

Studio/HR Coordinator

Erstwhile prof† swaps academia for studio tenure, collaging affairs with affable snark‡ and inimitable grace.

  • When art history’s the topic, you want her on your trivia team. Trust us.
  • If sarcasm and mimicry were superpowers, she’d be a real-life Marvel.
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Greg Smith

Developer

Modern-day Man in Black turns blank domains into digital wonderlands and follows his khwam hiw to Bangkok whenever possible.

  • This tech tinkerer deviates from his monochrome mode only for white hat hacking.
  • The Thai word for “hunger,” which guides him on every insatiable quest.
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Gregory Kaufman

Creative

Unflappable graphic gumshoe† employs agile observation to solve all genre‡ of compositional quandaries.

  • Two words: silent type.
  • This classic movie connoisseur takes his coffee black and his film noir.
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Cody Elmore

Associate Creative Strategist

Arkansas-weaned† strategy whiz goes all in on hip-hop jams, John Carpenter films‡ and cracking creative conundrums.

  • 18 years in the land of towering pines leaves a lasting taste for sweet tea and Delta blues.
  • A full-fledged fanboy, he puts Big Trouble in Little China and The Thing atop his list of JC faves.
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Cynthia Tuan

Associate Creative Director

Crimping creative wrangler scales pinnacles of perception for a 360˚ view of the consumer landscape.

  • And pre-teen cowboy illustrator for the Houston Rodeo.
  • On-sight, flash, redpoint—whatever. She’ll always take a creative brief as beta.

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