Randy NeelyFounder, Tether Technologies, Inc.

Randy Neely is Founder of Tether Technologies, Inc. and author of the book The Key to Keys. Having spent more than 40 years in the security and property management industries, Randy saw a glaring need for a key control program that would actually prevent the loss of keys. On multiple occasions, Randy dealt with situations where master keys were lost or misplaced, ultimately costing facility owners tens of thousands of dollars in re-keying expenses.

Randy was president and CEO of Northwest Protective Service, a regional security company in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, he was regional vice president of ABM Security Services for 21 years and regional manager for Universal Protection Services. Randy also managed residential and high-rise properties in Southern California and worked in security for the hospitality industry. Randy is the past president of the Washington State Security Council.

John SuryanChief Executive Officer, Tether Technologies, Inc.

John Suryan joined Tether Technologies as CEO in August 2012. He has more than 25 years of experience in technology, commercial real estate, private equity, accounting and finance industries. John was a co-founder and president of (founded in 1995 and launched in January of 1996) until he sold the company in late 2010. During John’s tenure at, the company grew from an internet start-up to an industry leading brand. The company went from 200 office buildings in downtown Seattle to having an inventory of over 20,000 commercial buildings in approximately 150 US cities.

Prior to founding, John was a senior associate at The Norman Company, a full service commercial real estate firm that was acquired in 1998 by Trammell Crow Company. As a commercial real estate broker and project manager at The Norman Company, he provided office searches and negotiated leases for major companies in the Northwest region including Simpson Investment Company, Cole & Weber, HomeStreet Bank, Airborne Express and Metro. Previously, John worked as an auditor for Main Hurdman KMG, an international accounting firm now part of KPMG International.

John is a certified public accountant (inactive), licensed real estate broker and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Washington. He is an active angel investor with a keen interest in early stage startups.

Sam TraffCOO, Tether Technologies, Inc.

Sam Traff, COO, has over 30 years of experience in the areas of finance, operations, business development and management. He has held senior executive and consulting roles in companies operating in the areas of real estate development, senior housing, vision, legal, clean tech, hardware and software development. Some of the companies he has worked for include VisionLink, Webforia and Anastasiou Development. Sam was a co-founder of IRequest and IndieTV. He started his career with Touche Ross where he spent six years in the audit department. Sam is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and licensed Real Estate Broker. He holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Washington.