Ashley Thiesen, Founder & CEO

At the forefront of the social media and digital marketing industry stands The Modern Connection's CEO, Ashley Thiesen, formerly known as Ashley T. Caldwell. Ashley had a hunch in 2009 that social media marketing in business would be the next big thing, and that's what sparked the idea of The Modern Connection.

What started as a freelance business out of Ashley's home office has turned into a successful boutique firm with a growing team of savvy professionals: all focused on connecting businesses with their customers online in a simple and effective way.

Ashley is often called on as THE social media resource in the southeast region. She is frequently invited to speak to groups of business owners while holding training workshops and industry overviews. You can hear her every week on The Bridge at 105.5's morning show, talking about social media during her Web Wednesday segment (5.5 years running!!).

She was honored as one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal's 40 Under 40 in 2013 and was a finalist at the Center for Women's Most Influential Women in Business recognition ceremony in the Entrepreneur category in 2016. Ashley is actively involved in the community, serving in several volunteer positions, including the startup of a non-profit centered on keeping children and teens safe online called Generation Smart.

She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and formerly worked in sales, marketing and TV & print journalism. Originally from Colorado, Ashley proudly calls the Charleston, SC home with her family and is all about the #MomLife since having her daughter in 2015.

Favorite App: Word Swag --> Great graphics on the go!
Social Site You're Most Addicted To: Facebook -- Love connecting with people and being able to run multiple businesses through Messenger too!
Favorite Netflix Binge: I'm a Walking Dead and Orphan Black junkie
Apple or Android: As if there’s really another option: Apple all the way!