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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

Let There Be Lights
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Let There Be Lights
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
More lighted fields are long overdue and thankfully coming to State College Area School District. But the addition of lights at the South Track field hit a snag when brought before Planning Commission and met with questions and commentary far afield from the issue at hand. [Read More]
We've Come a Long Way from a Construction Trailer Terminal and a Waiting Lounge in Your Car
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We've Come a Long Way from a Construction Trailer Terminal and a Waiting Lounge in Your Car
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
In Happy Valley, airline travel in the 21st Century means an airport with a baggage carousel, three airlines, a control tower and a place to buy coffee, sandwiches and souvenirs. It doesn’t have jetways yet, so we still have to deal with the elements between the terminal building and the plane, bu [Read More]
Scam and Spam Calls Are Changing How I Communicate
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Scam and Spam Calls Are Changing How I Communicate
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Communication — the imparting or exchanging of information or news. Sounds like an important piece of life doesn’t it? Exchanging information is essential to our learning process. Without communication we’re pretty much left to figure out the world for ourselves. And a cold, cruel world it can [Read More]
Let's Make Some Happy Valley New Year's Resolutions
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Let's Make Some Happy Valley New Year's Resolutions
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
How would this glorious expanse of dale in the shadow of Mt. Nittany decide to make itself better? What undesired trait or behavior would Happy Valley wish to change in 2019 that would improve the lives of those residing within its confines? I’ve channeled my inner Happy Valley and here are a few [Read More]
Christmas Is a Time to Think About How We Treat Others
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Christmas Is a Time to Think About How We Treat Others
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
A greater knowledge and recognition of how others celebrate the holiday season may cause an occasional introspective moment. A moment when we think about about how we treat others. It is, after all, the season of peace, love, joy and goodwill towards men. [Read More]
Bidding Farewell to Treks on U.S. 322
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Bidding Farewell to Treks on U.S. 322
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
For the last several years my wife and I have been driving up-and-down U.S. 322 to watch our son play club soccer, high school soccer and high school football. How much driving you ask? The car we bought on June 22, 2018 with five miles on the odometer (mostly our test-drive mileage), now has 12,844 [Read More]
Why Pennsylvania High School Soccer Should Be Moved to the Spring
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Why Pennsylvania High School Soccer Should Be Moved to the Spring
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The last few games this season, as in every other season, were played in continually worsening weather. It was mostly cold and windy but also rainy or snowy. And the forecast for continued play was only colder and windier and wetter. Which is why I would like to suggest that the PIAA make a change r [Read More]
It's Election Day, So Who Do I Blame?
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It's Election Day, So Who Do I Blame?
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Like many of my friends and neighbors I’ll spend a few moments today in a voting booth here in Happy Valley casting my ballot. And I’ll be casting that ballot while considering three recent experiences I’ve had with our government. [Read More]
The Light, and Humor, That Can Emerge from Darkness
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The Light, and Humor, That Can Emerge from Darkness
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Through the magic of social media Jackie and I have stayed updated on young Mason as he grows and spreads his wings here in Happy Valley. One of Mason’s always-developing skills is the ability to say the darndest things. He is so good at it that Jenn started sharing Mason’s humor with the world [Read More]
Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone of Brand Loyalty
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Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone of Brand Loyalty
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I recently had to buy a vacuum cleaner for our house. For many people this is likely not a major consumer decision, but for me, buying a vacuum cleaner is a big purchase. [Read More]
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