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John Hook

John Hook is the president of The Hook Group, a local management consulting firm, and active in several nonprofit organizations. Previously John spent 25 years in executive, management and marketing positions with regional and national firms. John lives in Ferguson Township with his wife Jackie and their two children.

Articles by John Hook

When Turning onto a Roadway, a Simple Way to Know if You're Doing It Wrong
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When Turning onto a Roadway, a Simple Way to Know if You're Doing It Wrong
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I’m here today to talk to you about another major component of driving in the hopes of spawning some concern. That would be turning right or left and entering a roadway from a stop sign, driveway, parking lot, or a non-highway yield sign. The short and sweet of it is this: if you turn onto a roadw [Read More]
Longing for the Days of Matchbox and Hot Wheels When It Comes to Buying a New Car
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Longing for the Days of Matchbox and Hot Wheels When It Comes to Buying a New Car
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Matchbox cars and Hot Wheels cars. As a kid these two items took up many happy minutes of my youthful life as well as a few dollars of my allowance and paper-route money. In the decades since I’ve had the opportunity to, by myself and with my wife, buy a number of real full-size cars. And in almos [Read More]
Prom and the Positive Effects of Dressing Well
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Prom and the Positive Effects of Dressing Well
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
When my son and his friends posed for pre-prom photos, he noted, “Dang, we look good!” Which is a fine lesson for those of us in the real-world. The really important part about dressing nicely is not how others see you, it’s how you see and feel about yourself. There has been some scholarly re [Read More]
An Investment in the Arts Goes a Long Way
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An Investment in the Arts Goes a Long Way
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The arts are alive and well in Happy Valley. The opportunities we have to immerse ourselves in creativity are pretty darn good for a community of fewer than 100,000 people. But there are many communities around the country of similar size or smaller than ours where arts are not available in multiple [Read More]
The Remarkable Talent of Penn State's Musical Theatre Program
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The Remarkable Talent of Penn State's Musical Theatre Program
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
A very small subset of the bright and gifted graduating students next month – one dozen to be exact – are extremely talented young adults who will graduate from the musical theatre program in the College of Arts and Architecture’s School of Theatre. [Read More]
Thank Goodness for Accountants
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Thank Goodness for Accountants
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Here we are on April 10, and one week from today your tax returns are due. If you haven’t filed yet, dreaming of being an accountant isn’t going to help you. You need to start dreaming of finding an accountant. [Read More]
Still a Great Ambassador for Penn State, and an Inspiration for All
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Still a Great Ambassador for Penn State, and an Inspiration for All
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
When life took a turn that no one expected, he and his family used that opportunity and his platform to find ways to give back by creating a foundation to provide grants to families to help cover non-medical bills, so they can devote their attention to supporting their child’s fight against cancer [Read More]
It's Time to Rethink Airport Screenings It's Time to Rethink Airport Screenings
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Jobs I would not do was a topic I found myself thinking about as our family was traveling over spring break. And no, I wasn’t thinking about the President of the United States. But that’s not far off – I was thinking of certain federal employees. The jobs I was thinking about are those held by [Read More]
For the Young Stars of the Future, Clean Up Hoops at Its Highest Levels
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For the Young Stars of the Future, Clean Up Hoops at Its Highest Levels
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There are lots and lots of good kids in Happy Valley, which makes you wonder what they have to look forward to if they pursue basketball to the next step and beyond. [Read More]
Musing on the Winter Olympics: Why We Watch and the Lack of Penn State Connections
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Musing on the Winter Olympics: Why We Watch and the Lack of Penn State Connections
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Since I am a Happy Valley and Penn State homer, I wondered how much of a connection Penn State has to the competitors in these Winter Olympic Games. We all know the names of plenty of Penn Staters who competed in the Summer Olympics. But not a single Penn Stater in South Korea. [Read More]
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