Founder & CEO
Kelley Thornton was born and raised in Towson, MD. He moved to Brookfield, CT to finish up high school
and start his first entrepreneurial pursuit, house painting. With the money he earned from the business he financed his college tuition at the University of Connecticut, where he would meet his future business
partner and co-founder of Tiege Hanley, Rob Hoxie.
After college, Kelley entered the Metropolitan New York area workforce as a sales representative in the
point-of-purchase display and packaging industry. A few years into his career he was tasked with
developing a Chicago presence for his company, Phoenix Display & Packaging, which later became part of International Paper. He relocated to Chicago, IL in 1993 and continued his trajectory to National
Accounts Manager and ultimately Regional Sales Manager.
After a successful 20-year-career in the throes of Corporate America, he left the industry to found his
second company, Purchase Point LLC. Purchase Point helped CPG companies think differently about
their in-store merchandising platforms. Growing quickly with global customers such as Unilever, Mars
Wrigley, Bayer, and Pfizer, Kelley brought a creative approach to captivating consumers during the last
seven seconds along their Path to Purchase.
Through his experience at Purchase Point, Kelley found the rapidly growing men’s care industry inspiring.
In 2016 he stepped away to found his next company, Tiege Hanley, a 6-year-old e-commerce company
with the mission of helping men look and feel amazing. The business has evolved from selling three
distinct Skin Care Systems to boasting a wide variety of products, including deodorant, bar soap, body
wash, and a detoxifying clay mask.
Tiege shipped its 1.5 millionth box in July 2022 and has over 350,000 customers worldwide.
Kelley is focused on enriching the experience for all customers and guiding men to
healthier lifestyles founded on self-confidence.