A Conversation With: Jason KlockFounder and CEO, Klock Entertainment
Jason Klock, 31, deejayed his first school dance while he was in junior high and parlayed that passion into a career, founding Klock Entertainment, now a full-service event company.
He continues to deejay and work events while serving as CEO of the company.
Klock studied at Harrisburg Area Community College and is currently a scholarship recipient enrolled in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
He is a resident of Lower Paxton Township along with his wife, Jessica, their 5-year-old twins Ava and Eli, and their 3-year-old son Owen.
Q: Tell us what you’ll be doing with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region’s Over the Edge event on Oct. 19.
A: I’m going over the edge. This is our first time doing it, so I’m slightly apprehensive, but I’m down to help and make it happen. I’m actually really excited to rappel down the building. I’m trying to do some fundraising beforehand, to raise some money for the region.
Being involved in the planning of the event, I really enjoy that. It’s an opportunity to give back to the community. We have been meeting every other Monday, putting together our resources to maximize raising as much money as we possibly can, for example, just brainstorming different ways we can do outreach, different people and groups and organizations we can involve. We’re going to have stronger community involvement this year, which I’m really looking forward to.
Why is it so important for business leaders to be involved in community events like this?
Everybody’s going to be doing it for a different motive. We truly do like to give back to the community. I feel it’s a testimonial to the type of client care we provide, but more importantly, it’s an opportunity to use our resources to help a local nonprofit. I think sometimes that can be just as impactful as a straight donation. A lot of nonprofits need the actual hands and labor to put events on like this. When you play a role in a local business or you’re a business leader, you have resources that will really help them take a couple steps forward maybe a little easier.
How would you encourage a younger business leader to get started in community involvement?
I would start with something easy, nonprofits they are already involved in as an individual, maybe not through their career or business. And if they’re not already involved in something, I would encourage them to try to find something they truly believe in. Finding something you really believe in or have a direct connection to will always make it easier to find time for it and will make it more fun in the process. There’s dozens and dozens of options out there, especially in our area. And any involvement is great involvement. You don’t have to dive straight in and be on a board or a committee. Everyone is always looking for volunteers. Even if you have only three hours to give, we would love three hours.
After rappelling off the roof of Market Square Plaza for the Over the Edge event, what’s next on your bucket list?
I really want to skydive in the next year. I wanted to do it before I was 30. I’m 31. I just never had the time or someone to go with yet.