We don’t just work to live, we live to work. Our passion and drive allows us to do what we love.

Connections Marketing was formed over five years ago with a committed belief to delivering honest, holistic and personalized marketing. We know there are a myriad of companies out there that offer the same expertise and services. While we pride ourselves in our skilled and professional performance, we know that it is the “why and who” and not just the “how” that helps us garner our clients. Above all else, we strive to provide a partnership with our clients and an exceptional and engaging experience for our client’s clients.

Our Team

Ricardo Rivero



Rick launched Connections Marketing in October, 2009. With a brand-heavy advertising background he saw what was missing in the marketplace and saw how he could fill this need. Rick’s career began at the Tribune Company working for HOY Newspaper where he managed the Real Estate and Recruitment section of the only Hispanic daily newspaper in Chicago. He then took a position as Account Executive for CBS 2 Chicago where he worked with small to midsize companies to create effective on air ad campaigns; moving to Comcast Spotlight, the advertising arm of Comcast Corp. where he dove back into Hispanic Advertising and managed the Multi-Cultural ad initiative for the organization. It was during this time he realized the need for an interactive ad agency that would design quality websites for mid to small size businesses that were not only in English, but in Spanish and Polish, too. And so began Connections Marketing!

Rick is a graduate of Knox College with a degree in Political Science and currently resides in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago with growing family.

Carlos Tarazona



Carlos is a seasoned technology professional with over 10 years experience providing innovative solutions across a number of industries including government, retail and market research. Carlos’ technical skills are extensive, and his proficiencies include, but are not limited to, operating systems, web development, application programming, and databases. He is an expert software developer specializing in web technologies and holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ariene Malicdem

Ariene Malicdem

Manager of Project Management and SEO

Ariene is the newest addition to our team and has past experience managing Internet Marketing Campaigns and Website Development. She enjoys working with clients and helping them achieve their business goals and vision. Her strong desire to learn keeps us ahead of the latest internet marketing solutions. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 with a degree in Communications.

Ashley Wehrmann

Ashley Wehrmann

Creative Specialist

Ashley has been involved in the creative industry for roughly 8 years. Beginning her career path as a professional tattoo artist, she learned the value of capturing a client’s ideas and bringing them to fulfillment. Following her desire to create on a broader scale, Ashley transitioned into the digital world while pursuing her B.S. in Animation, which she received from Westwood College. For over the past year, she has been working with Connections to provide compelling content for both publication and social media, along with continuing to indulge our clients with her unique designs and graphics for web and print.

Ryan Peterson

Ryan Peterson

Front-end Developer

Ryan came to Connections Marketing in December 2013 as a front-end developer with an eye for web design and responsive CSS. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Computer Graphics Technology, specializing in Interactive Multimedia and Design. Over the past decade, Ryan has worked as a graphic artist for a highly reputable pharmaceutical company, a designer for an established agency in the automotive sales industry, and as a developer for several highly-touted ad agencies in the Chicagoland area.

Anushree Kedia

Anushree Kedia

Content Specialist & Social Media Consultant

Anushree recently graduated from Knox College with a major in Economics and double minors in Business (marketing) and Environmental Studies. Her strengths lie within marketing and social media management. She joined Connections Marketing to help execute Social Media Campaigns that generate a positive online image and larger community for our clients!

What We’ve done

CD One Price Cleaners


Bellair Expediting




Amata Office solutions