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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

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
4 days 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)
3 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
5 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]
Revisiting Films Through the Pandemic's Lens
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Revisiting Films Through the Pandemic's Lens
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Some of the dialogue in these movies, especially given the context of that dialogue within the movies themselves, now seems very different from when it was first heard. Now the dialogue is particularly timely, ironic, sarcastic, enlightening, shocking, inspiring or depressing depending on your viewp [Read More]
Funeral Homes Find Ways to Help People Grieve Amid Coronavirus-Related Restrictions
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Funeral Homes Find Ways to Help People Grieve Amid Coronavirus-Related Restrictions
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The death of a loved one is primarily a time to grieve. In our culture it often means hugging, shaking hands, an arm around a shoulder – a certain amount of touching, and mostly being present. Those moments of physical human contact and the close presence of others are a part – an essential part [Read More]
Advice for This New Era of Working and Learning from Home
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Advice for This New Era of Working and Learning from Home
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Since I am not a doctor or an expert on infectious diseases, and don’t play one on TV, my thoughts on how this national upheaval should be managed are really of no consequence. But there are three areas where I do have a bit of expertise that might be of some use during these times: youth sports, [Read More]
The Issue with Automated Speed Enforcement
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The Issue with Automated Speed Enforcement
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
My issue is not with the worthwhile goals of the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement, but with the systems they’ll be using, the evidence that will result and the presumption of guilt with no opportunity to prove innocence. [Read More]
Some Lessons for Happy Valley from Orlando
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Some Lessons for Happy Valley from Orlando
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I find myself in late February visiting Lake Buena Vista, Florida – better known as the home of Disney World – pondering if there are any tidbits of information our newly-minted Adventure Bureau can glean from what has to be the most successful transformation of an American city that doesn’t i [Read More]
A Way to Make a Very Good School District Even Better
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A Way to Make a Very Good School District Even Better
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There are a lot of lists on the internet. Normally my eyes glaze over the never-ending headlines touting the top 10 this, the 50 most popular that or the 25 worst other things, but a recent social media post from a friend alerted me to one that looked interesting – the most and least educated town [Read More]
A Small Step into the Air Travel Big Leagues
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A Small Step into the Air Travel Big Leagues
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I write this I am sitting in the living room of a condo in The Grand Lodge by Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. The living room has a two-story vaulted ceiling with 12-inch hand-hewn wood beams and a multitude of 6-foot tall windows looking out at the mountain – and the base of the Northsi [Read More]
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