By Brenden Curry
The power of what Qlik does is not about data. It is about what data does for people.
Likewise, as the King of Prussia-based software company charts new paths in the world through data and helps its clients gain insight through that data, it remains focused on good citizenship and compels its employees to give back or lend a hand.
An example of Qlik’s social responsibility can be found with Exton resident Larry Samples’ involvement with the recent Annual Golf Classic in Memory of Brandon Hardy, an event presented by the Marine Corps League’s Chester County Detachment and Sporting the Stars and held at the Applecross Country Club in Downingtown. Hardy was a Marine from Cochranville who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006.
Samples, Qlik’s Director of Accounting and External Reporting, became involved with the Golf Classic because his father, Larry Sr., a retired Marine, is affiliated with the Marine Corps League. Because of Samples’ passion for golf and vast professional network, his father enlisted his help to generate more support and spread awareness of the event.
Samples thought it would be another opportunity for Qlik’s Corporate Responsibility Program to fulfill one of the company’s core values of serving the community.
“One of our big things here at Qlik is social responsibility, and we’ve done numerous things around the world to help people and communities,” Samples said.
The Marine Corps League’s Chester County Detachment is a charitable organization that consists of more than 150 local active-duty and non-active-duty Marines and Navy Corpsmen who volunteer their time to support our servicemen and women and their families. They send care packages to troops stationed overseas and financially support wounded warriors, disabled veterans, and families of fallen Marines.
“It’s very important to help former and current members of the military,” Samples said.
Qlik sponsored a hole at the Golf Classic and made a generous donation to the charity.
Samples said there were several veteran amputees participating in the event. He said he admired them for participating and enjoying a round of golf with their comrades.
“It shows their resolve and how strong of individuals they are,” Samples said, further describing the Golf Classic as a bonding experience for veterans and golfers, especially during the national anthem.
Samples’ goals for next year’s event are to increase attendance by 20-30 people and establish 50/50 raffles.
“It’s good to do what we can to give back and to show our appreciation and respect,” he said.