Biography | Sonja Thorsvik

Sonja Thorsvik is a business owner, marketing strategist, and content creator.

Founder of Monkey Fist | A Marketing Co. she is considered a leading social media expert and a fanatic for consistency. Sonja helps CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners to grow their profits using successful marketing strategies, with a particular focus on the power of visual branding.

Serving more than 90K active engaged humans each day based out of Annapolis, MD, USA & providing services virtually worldwide, the Monkey Fist process has helped businesses expand their online reach by over 800%. Their success is her success.

Her clients are in industries such as: Maritime, Publishing, Wellness, Luxury Real Estate, Alternative Energy, Startup, Fashion, Architecture, General Contracting, Nonprofit, and Sport.

Having grown up both as a film photographer and without the internet, Sonja was intrigued by the possibilities during a global digital shift. Her natural curiosity led her to learn website development, digital media editing and strategic planning. These learnings paved the way for her passion in business, and eventually marketing, by truly helping others succeed with the question: After you have built something: How do you get the people to know about it?

Recent Highlights Include: 

  • Working with the founder of Google Maps building a zero-emissions cruising catamaran yacht to track the oceans floors using hydrogen and alternative energy

  • Winning Best Marketing Agency by the MD Business Awards Program

  • Growing a startup client large enough to get them recognized in a luxury international magazine under the title ‘World Domination’

  • Working with a former award winning movie producer on a top-secret project in South Africa.

  • Speaking as a panelist at the ‘Global Leadership In Action Conference’ on Personal Branding + Marketing Through Digital Platforms

  • Being fulfilled through thank you notes from now cancer-free humans after rebranding a wellness and healing coach client

  • Nominated to attend Collision Con as an ‘extraordinary female entrepreneur pushing the meter’

  • Fulfilling all marketing needs for ‘America’s Favorite Boat Brand’

Sonja holds an M.A. in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute, a B.A. in Cultural Studies where she studied abroad three times; Kings College London, Semester At Sea, and the American University Rome. She is certified through M. Forleo’s B-School, and holds advanced certificates in Marketing and Advertising. In her past life, Sonja worked in Higher Education as a Study Abroad Director in Los Angeles, California.  



My Norwegian Grandfather renowned across oceans for making Monkey Fist knots throughout his lifetime, always brought them back as gifts when he returned from sea.

They were the inspiration for it all!

The original logo for Monkey Fist was a monkey fist graphic, and you still might see one from time-to-time.

As this company evolves, so does its content, branding, and abilities. But the mission remains the same: loyalty + dedication to those in the family.