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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

Bidding Farewell to Treks on U.S. 322
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Bidding Farewell to Treks on U.S. 322
2 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
4 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?
6 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
8 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
10 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]
Sympathy for the Punter (and the Cold, Wet Fans)
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Sympathy for the Punter (and the Cold, Wet Fans)
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As Penn State fans we were certainly pleased with the outcome of the game. Except, the manner in which those bragging rights were obtained was just a little disappointing for some members of our family. Not from anything Penn State did though. But that bone-chilling wet may have played a part in the [Read More]
My Summer Hot Takes
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My Summer Hot Takes
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
In the spirit of a teacher asking their new class, “What did you do and learn this summer,” I present the following thoughts. Or as the students might say, my hot takes of summer. [Read More]
Amazon and a Repeating History of Retail
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Amazon and a Repeating History of Retail
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Imagine that. We’ve reached a time in history where you can get almost anything you want delivered to your home by one company. How convenient. [Read More]
Proving Who I Am Was Tougher Than I Thought It Would Be
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Proving Who I Am Was Tougher Than I Thought It Would Be
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Proving that I am who I say I am turned out to be not quite as easy as I thought. In completing the necessary documentation to apply for a passport, the birth certificate I have was deemed unacceptable. [Read More]
College Coaches' Salaries and the Cost of Doing Business
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College Coaches' Salaries and the Cost of Doing Business
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
On May 25, Penn State filed its annual Right-to-Know Law Report with the governor’s office, the General Assembly, the Auditor General and the State Library. It then takes a few weeks to get released to the public, and when it invariably does, it makes the news. [Read More]
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