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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's Outlaw Homework
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Let's Outlaw Homework
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It’s that time of year again when anger fills the air in many homes. When the unfairness of life is placed front and center in the days of parents and their children. When those in charge make sure their charges know who’s in charge. That’s right. It’s time for some homework. [Read More]
A Soft-Serve Sunday
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A Soft-Serve Sunday
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As summer winds down, what is a dedicated local to do when he gets a craving for that soft ice cream containing less milk-fat and a little more air and also needs a true-blue soft-serve drive-up roadside experience? Well, here are my favorite places for that wonderful soft-serve ice cream [Read More]
Think About Kids' Needs When Planning Local Projects
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Think About Kids' Needs When Planning Local Projects
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There have been a few times recently when I’ve felt some of the people and institutions in Happy Valley with a heavy influence on our youth have been doing that annoying thing and forgetting what it was like to be a kid -- what needs kids have, how they think and understand, and taking the time to [Read More]
New York State(s) of Mind
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New York State(s) of Mind
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
This Dutch influence in what was once New Amsterdam also provides a connection to modern-day Happy Valley – and the rest of rural Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Raising a Pint to a New Era at Beaver Stadium Raising a Pint to a New Era at Beaver Stadium
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. EDT was a watershed relationship moment for me. A longtime friend and I took our bond to a new level, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this leads. [Read More]
A Technological Path to the Road Less Taken
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A Technological Path to the Road Less Taken
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
An interesting benefit of these technology advances is we are no longer relying on paper maps. And when we are no longer relying on paper maps, we are no longer tied to the looking-for-limited-access-highways method of navigation. Which is what in turn makes the trip more interesting. [Read More]
From a Mountain Vista, a View of the Fathers That Led Us Here
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From a Mountain Vista, a View of the Fathers That Led Us Here
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I had a melancholy Father’s Day moment while perched on top of that Tussey Mountain ridge. How my wife and I, the parents of two wonderful young adults, had come to be here. How perfect it was that our own fathers, their fathers, and their father’s fathers had settled in the commonwealth and all [Read More]
For the Mountain
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For the Mountain
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Mount Nittany Night is an opportunity to support an all-volunteer organization's work to protect Mount Nittany and its recent, once-in-a-generation effort to maintain the Lynch Overlook [Read More]
A Familiar Font
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A Familiar Font
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I would like to request that someone exchange a font, please. Not a complete logo, mind you, just the typeface. [Read More]
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