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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

Ode to an RV
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Ode to an RV
1 week 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
3 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
5 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
7 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
9 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)
11 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
13 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
15 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
17 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
19 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]
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