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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

To Renovate Or Not To Renovate, That Is The Question
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To Renovate Or Not To Renovate, That Is The Question
203 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
205 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
206 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
209 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...
210 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
212 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
214 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]
The Red, White and Blue View From the Inside
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The Red, White and Blue View From the Inside
216 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I'll be joining thousands of others to watch our glorious 4th Fest fireworks show. I spent many years living in Orlando. There was a long time when the 4th of July fireworks became an afterthought. Living in the land of Disney will do that to you. There were fireworks every night. [Read More]
Class Dismissed, But for How Long?
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Class Dismissed, But for How Long?
218 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It's summer vacation. No alarm to shut off, no bus to catch, no desks to sit in, no homework to do, just pure unadulterated nothing! How do these first couple days of freedom feel? Pretty stellar, huh? It could be like this year-round. You read that correctly. Summer vacation all the time. [Read More]
A Different View of Happy Valley
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A Different View of Happy Valley
220 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Off in the distance we could see our destination – Penn State. Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center, Old Main, the steam plant smokestack, construction cranes, all are visible along the horizon across the valley. At last, civilization loomed. And then it happened. [Read More]
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