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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

I'll Be Making a Donation This Week
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I'll Be Making a Donation This Week
183 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The beauty of giving blood is it doesn't matter how much money you have or make -- or if you have any at all -- you can give blood. All it takes is an hour to answer some questions, lie on your back, and drink some juice. Then back to life as you know it. [Read More]
Modern Prohibition: Time to Eliminate the Drinking Age
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Modern Prohibition: Time to Eliminate the Drinking Age
185 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
This concentration of youth provides Happy Valley with vast experience dealing with individuals celebrating their 21st birthday than anywhere else in the state, and can be used to examine the success, or failure, of various restrictions regarding how you can be served on your 21st. [Read More]
21 Random End-of-the-Year Musings
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21 Random End-of-the-Year Musings
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I am not one to engage in New Year’s resolutions -- other than running the 5K Resolution Run downtown on Dec. 31 -- I am here instead to share with you 21 random end-of-the-year musings. Without further ado they are… [Read More]
Conversation With a Beaver Stadium Escalator
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Conversation With a Beaver Stadium Escalator
189 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Halfway down the ramp the mid-level platform was vacant so I did something I had always wanted to do – I walked over and had a conversation with the escalator. I’ve transcribed it as closely as I can recall. [Read More]
Attention to Detail: Penn State Wrestler Jason Nolf
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Attention to Detail: Penn State Wrestler Jason Nolf
191 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
How you do the little things is how you do all things. Given the inattention to detail I see today in some places, it is heartwarming to see a young athlete perform well and display a sense of regard for their sport. [Read More]
Does Voting Really Matter?
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Does Voting Really Matter?
193 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
That mantra – voting is our duty and responsibility – is hammered home time and time again to all of us throughout our lives. Maybe not voting is a valid choice. Maybe you shouldn't be shamed for choices you make. Let's examine this theory. [Read More]
The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK: An (Anti) Bucket List Item
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The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK: An (Anti) Bucket List Item
195 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
This Sunday I crossed an item off my "bucket list" -- that ever-growing list of accomplishments I want to do. The funny thing is until three weeks ago it wasn't on my bucket list. What is this activity that was the recipient of my disregard? Why, running the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK. [Read More]
What Do I Want?: My State College Retail Wish List
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What Do I Want?: My State College Retail Wish List
197 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
When my kids and I drive around Happy Valley, we sometimes play the game of “What do I want?” It involves thinking of retail establishments we’ve seen or used in other parts of the country and stating which ones we want to open a location here. [Read More]
To Renovate Or Not To Renovate, That Is The Question
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To Renovate Or Not To Renovate, That Is The Question
199 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Not every story you see played out on the big or small screen is true. Most people I know who have lived through a full-scale renovation – where they lived, ate and slept inside the same space that is being renovated – wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy. [Read More]
In Praise of the Lesser-Known Elite Athlete
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In Praise of the Lesser-Known Elite Athlete
201 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Here in Happy Valley we have hundreds of elite athletes in many sports – youngsters, college-age and older – and I urge you to use every opportunity you can to witness first-hand their prowess. In most cases you’ll have as up-close-and-personal a seat as you can possibly get. [Read More]
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