Shon Christy

Marketing Committee

President, Shon Christy Social Media

Shon Christy boasts over 20 years of marketing experience with over a decade of that experience specifically in social media and is the Founder and President of Shon Christy Social Media. In 2010 he opened Christy Creative Ohio’s first niche social media marketing firm and has founded and transitioned 2 firms since that time. He is the current President of Shon Christy Social Media where he focuses predominantly on social media strategy, training, and consulting with clients all over the globe. His work has been featured in Inside Business; Smart Business; the Akron Beacon Journal; Spirit of Philanthropy; The Young Professional Roadmap; and was featured in the book Under the Rustbelt – Revealing Innovation in Northeast Ohio. Ever the entrepreneur, Christy has even launched Beckett’s Buddies, a fundraising group to support those with Down syndrome, in honor of his ten year-old son Beckett that has raised nearly $100,000 for causes locally.

Shon has a rich history steeped in philanthropy. He regularly supports the Up Side of Downs, a non-profit advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome in NE Ohio and has launched a subscription box company called Unbox Ability which buys all of its products from uniquely-abled individuals. He is a past president of The Rotary Club of Akron, and has served as the Chili Open co-chairman (2 years), PR chairman, and President-Elect in the club as well. Additionally, he has served on the Board of United Disability Services, The LuMind Foundation (Down syndrome cognition research), The Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, Stow Library Foundation, Summit Housing, past Chairman of The University of Akron’s Institute for Leadership Advancement, and the United Way of Summit County where he was also the past Young Leaders Society Chairman, past president of Stow Youth Football and Cheerleading. Christy is a member and Vice President of the 31st class of Leadership Akron and serves on the boards of the Greater Akron Chamber (Executive Committee), the Greater Akron Chamber Small Business Council Chairman, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, The University of Akron’s Taylor Institute, The Marketing Department Advisory Board at The University of Akron, President of the World Elite Booster Club, and is a fourth term president of The Stow Schools Foundation. Lastly, he has been involved with his national fraternity (Sigma Nu) as an alumni advisor for over 20 years and is currently the Division Commander for the Great Lakes Beta region.

Christy has been bestowed with the Greater Akron Small Business Councils Excellence in Business – Emerging Business award, the Distinguished Sales and Marketing Executive Award from SMEI, and the Summit County Pinnacle Awards – Andrea R. Teodosio Rising Star Award. In 2012, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network recognized Christy with the 30 For the Future award for his community service and business leadership, the 2015 Young Philanthropist Award by the United Way of Summit County, 2016 Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities Community Impact Award, and the 2017 JOG Community Leader of the Year Award.

Shon joined JOG in 2018.

I serve on the JOG board to make a positive impact in the next generation. The young men and women we serve are extremely capable of achieving their dreams with a little support. I love that we get to help them make that happen. By elevating our workforce to the next level we impact our region for decades.

One of my favorite JOG memories was serving on the 30th Anniversary committee. I was blown away by the community support we received. It was so reward to see a packed house at the John S Knight Center as we showcased JOG’s accomplishments over the years!