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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

Days of Movin' On Past
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Days of Movin' On Past
8 hours ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Penn State’s school year is winding down, with the last day of spring semester classes this Friday. But that day is also one of the most anticipated dates on the 2019 calendar. [Read More]
Getting Ready for the Sports Watching Drought
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Getting Ready for the Sports Watching Drought
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
What are we going to do? This coming Sunday is the beginning of the drought. What drought, you ask? The sports watching drought. Now, you may be thinking, there are plenty of sports to watch on television during the next several months. We can watch those sports, but in comparison to football, we do [Read More]
Cael Sanderson Is Right. College Wrestling Deserves More Scholarships
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Cael Sanderson Is Right. College Wrestling Deserves More Scholarships
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
When arguably the greatest wrestler in American history, who's also on an amazing run of success as a head coach, says that something which would make wrestling better isn’t talked about enough, then every red-blooded wrestling fan in this country ought to start talking about it. [Read More]
The Month of Juicy Rationalizations
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The Month of Juicy Rationalizations
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
If you are someone who makes New Year’s resolutions, it’s what you are probably doing now in March to justify why you have not kept them. Usually in January and maybe February you can continue whatever inconvenience or change in your daily life the resolution caused, but after time it gets harde [Read More]
Good Sidewalks, Good Neighbors
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Good Sidewalks, Good Neighbors
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
We are a happy bunch of people in Happy Valley. We raise money for worthwhile causes and we put up signs welcoming everyone who moves here and we get great scores for our efforts in equality. On paper we’re pretty darn good neighbors. Except for, well, one or two or three little issues. [Read More]
Let There Be Lights
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Let There Be Lights
10 weeks 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
12 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
14 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
16 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
18 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]
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