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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

Does Voting Really Matter?
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Does Voting Really Matter?
184 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
186 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
188 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
190 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
192 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]
State College: Home to Zero For-Profit Television Networks
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State College: Home to Zero For-Profit Television Networks
194 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Here we are in Happy Valley with no major for-profit television networks. Of the four – ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox – three are based in Johnstown, and the fourth is based in Altoona. And according to the FCC, Happy Valley is in the “Johnstown-Altoona” television market. [Read More]
What I Learned from Famous Ernie Oelbermann
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What I Learned from Famous Ernie Oelbermann
196 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
And this is just one man’s story. There are hundreds, thousands, out there like it. All composed and played out in a world created by Ernie. Each one touched by so many others. [Read More]
If I Was on the Nittany Lion Fan Council...
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If I Was on the Nittany Lion Fan Council...
197 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Grassroots communication. Feedback from customers. Input. Participation. Ideas. Involvement. Although these are some of the many buzzwords familiar to successful businesses, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is attempting to take them one step further. [Read More]
From State College to Orlando, Tex-Mex Reigns Supreme
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From State College to Orlando, Tex-Mex Reigns Supreme
199 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
All of the Tex-Mex joints in town have different things going for them. California Tortilla has the best queso. Moe's gives you free chips with every order, and Chipotle has the best rice I've ever tasted. I'm not quite sure what Qdoba's individual bonus is. [Read More]
When it Comes to Culture, We're State of the Art
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When it Comes to Culture, We're State of the Art
201 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
What's the #1 store to buy anything in this country? Walmart. State College lives large – we have two! New York City, home to 8.4 million people, has none. Yet, somehow, we "jethros" (the name du jour I heard last week) have one of the best arts festivals in the country in our midst. [Read More]
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