By Alex Blevins — Anthony Shop, a 2005 William Jewell College Graduate is recognized for 2015 as one of the “Top 40 under 40” business professionals in Washington, D.C. by the Washington Business Journal. Shop is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Social Driver, a digital media company that he founded with his husband, Thomas Sanchez. Social Driver is a company which devises campaigns for organizations that break through the complex, socially oriented mediums in a tech driven society. The company provides its customers with strategy and creativity that drive results in different kinds of social-fueled advertising campaigns and social media initiatives.
Prior to embarking on his career Shop was an international relations major at Jewell. On the Hill Shop was the editor-in-chief of the Hilltop Monitor and reflects fondly on late night bonding and lessons learned working on the student newspaper. Shop was also active in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and worked with other organizations including American Humanics, Cardinal Hosts, and Emerging Leaders.
Post graduation, Shop worked in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. He returned to Kansas City to work for former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes. Barnes is a 2015 Yates medallion honoree of William Jewell College. Shop served as press secretary during Barnes’ congressional campaign. Shop would then return to Washington, D.C. earning his MBA from George Washington University. Four years ago, he co-founded Social Driver.
Today, Social Driver has been named by Agency 100 the seventh fastest growing agency in the United States and the fastest growing agency in the Mid-Atlantic region. In four years, Social Driver has grown from two employees to over forty including designers, developers, and strategists who serve over 100 clients. In 2014, Social Driver increased revenues by seventy percent over 2013.
During 2014, Shop gave keynote addresses in Singapore, London, and Miami to Fortune 500 CEOs. Shop is a member of the board of governors of the National Press Club. He also serves on the board of directors for the non-profit American Youth Policy Forum. The organization analyzes policies which produce positive outcomes. Shop is also involved with a D.C. area non-profit, LearnServe International. The organization works to build skills in business leadership among more than 100 students from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia schools through an after-school program. Shop is responsible for bringing in community leaders to volunteer with the program. Students are then paired with local businesses for office visits.
This year, Shop’s biography and photograph have been placed among those of other recognized alumni of the Department of Business and Leadership at William Jewell College. The bios and photos are located on the walls of the main hallway on in the first floor of Jewell Hall.