Shon Christy, is the Founder and President of Focal Point Social Media Marketing in Akron. Now, 20 years later, he has been featured in Inside Business, Smart Business, The Akron Beacon Journal and The Young Professional Roadmap.
Shon has created Beckett’s Buddies a fund raising group to support those with Down’s Syndrome in honor of his five year old son, Beckett. He contributes a portion of his company revenue to Up Side
Downs, a nonprofit advocacy for individuals with Down’s Syndrome in NE Ohio.
He is a Past President of the Akron Rotary where he brought in 40 new members. He has served as Co-Chair of the Chili Open for two years, PR Chair and President Elect. He serves on the Board of Stand Up for Downs, United Disability Services, The LuMind Foundation, which does Down’s Syndrome Cognitive Research, and the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs.
Shon is involved with The United Way of Summit County, serves as President of the Young Leaders Society and the Tocqueville Society. He is a member and VP of the 31st Class of Leadership Akron. He has presented programs on membership and fund raising at the last 9 or 10 Rotary District 6630 Conferences.
Shon told us the story of his son and how it led him to the Akron Rotary Camp. After a tour he said it was a transformational experience and he was ready to volunteer. He invited his business partner Mark Krohn who is a lawyer to get involved. Shon said people have no extra time but will
get involved with projects like the Akron Rotary Camp because it had a bold and daring goal.
Membership growth starts by asking others what they are passionate about instead of telling them what you do now. Use your time, money and talent to figure out how to get things done. People are engaged with fund raisers.
The Chili Open is a 27 year fund raiser in February – SuperBowl time that has a goal of raising $250,000. This project has attracted Rennick Andreoli, President of RDA Hotel Management Company, which manages Sheraton Suites, to write a $500,000 check because he cares about
children. Mr. Andreoli likes projects that think big, serve the community and cause people to say wow. Shon noted he is not a Rotarian but a person who will try things, take risks and dream with people.
To learn more about Shon’s business, visit his Focal Point website.