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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

Media Literacy Is a Valuable Tool in a Time of COVID-19 Information Overload
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Media Literacy Is a Valuable Tool in a Time of COVID-19 Information Overload
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
every day we learn more about COVID-19 and are inundated with figures, speculations, proclamations and prohibitions. How are we supposed to make sense of all this? How are we to determine what is fact and what is fiction? What will keep us healthy and what could make us sick? Who should we listen to [Read More]
Missing Out on the Party in an Unconventional Time
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Missing Out on the Party in an Unconventional Time
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
We’re getting into the thick of a presidential election cycle and if the year 2020 was a normal year I would be in Charlotte, North Carolina as you read this. Except I’m not – I’m here in Happy Valley. This is the first time since 1996 that I am not spending five days each in the cities wher [Read More]
An Epic Title Fight
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An Epic Title Fight
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Eleven years ago when we purchased the RV, PennDOT did not record a lien on it. Consequently when it was recently paid off and we expected the title in the mail – which should have been mailed the next business day according to PennDOT — they did not send us one, meaning we couldn’t finalize t [Read More]
Ode to an RV
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Ode to an RV
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Almost exactly 11 years ago the call of the open road became so loud in our house that the only way to quiet it was to purchase an RV. So we did: a 36’ Class A with a queen bedroom in the rear and two bunkbeds for the kids near the middle, opposite the bathroom. Now we say goodbye to it. [Read More]
No AC in July Seemed Like It Might Be a Breath of Fresh Air. How Wrong I Was
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No AC in July Seemed Like It Might Be a Breath of Fresh Air. How Wrong I Was
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
This past week however, the “spending as much time as possible at home” portion of pandemic life became a nightmare. Not because four months of isolation with no end in sight finally caused us to re-evaluate our thoughts about the pandemic. No, it was because our central air-conditioning system [Read More]
Setting the Scene in the Age of Zoom
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Setting the Scene in the Age of Zoom
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Forced isolation has caused our use of video chat tools to increase exponentially, which means we now have to think about how we present ourselves on camera. [Read More]
The Light on the Other Side of the Transfer Portal
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The Light on the Other Side of the Transfer Portal
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I am now the happy parent of a Transfer Portal user. I watched our son walk into the dark abyss of the Portal only to find out that there is light at the other end. That’s right, I can confirm from first-hand knowledge that the Portal is OK. Although it’s not perfect, it is a good thing, and is [Read More]
We Have the Power to Overcome Our Nation's History of Racism
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We Have the Power to Overcome Our Nation's History of Racism
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There are 329 million people in the United States, which means we have 329 million different relationships with racism. [Read More]
The Good Fortune of Finding a Running Buddy (and the Melancholy End of a 14-Year Run)
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The Good Fortune of Finding a Running Buddy (and the Melancholy End of a 14-Year Run)
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It was my good fortune that after our move back to Happy Valley in 2005 and a while of running by myself, our next-door neighbor, John Graham, approached me about going out and running together. And so it began. A three-times-a-week routine that went on for months, then years, then a decade. [Read More]
10 Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home
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10 Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
My son has peppered me with requests to write a column titled “Our Top 10 Films to Watch During the Pandemic.” I finally capitulated to his requests, but with one caveat – he had to write the column himself.He accepted the challenge. [Read More]
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