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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

From State College to Orlando, Tex-Mex Reigns Supreme
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From State College to Orlando, Tex-Mex Reigns Supreme
203 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
205 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
207 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?
209 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
211 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]
They're Gone, Time for Top Ten Townie 'Bucket List'
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They're Gone, Time for Top Ten Townie 'Bucket List'
213 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Here we are fellow townies, it's just us! We did it. We finished another Penn State school year. All the students – okay, most of them – are gone. Buh-bye! Here are the ten things you should do before the summer ends and our population swells by 40,000 young folks. [Read More]
A Lesson You Didn't Learn In Driver's Ed, Now You're Enrolled in Remedial Merging 101
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A Lesson You Didn't Learn In Driver's Ed, Now You're Enrolled in Remedial Merging 101
215 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Now, I know what you're thinking. I'm a true-blue Pennsylvanian, honorable and fair, and I believe in waiting in line in an orderly manner. As soon as I see the "Right-Lane Closed Ahead" signs I move over into the left lane. And this is the crux of the matter – you shouldn't be doing it. [Read More]
Alumni Council's Stand Cause for Confusion?
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Alumni Council's Stand Cause for Confusion?
217 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
In other words, everyone who works for the alumni association is paid by Penn State. I'm fairly sure "independence and autonomy" are not words that would describe that relationship. [Read More]
Happy Valley and the High-Priced Ride
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Happy Valley and the High-Priced Ride
219 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Lamborghini. Ferrari. McLaren. Exotic automobile names conjuring up images of glamorous cities in faraway countries. Monte Carlo. Cannes. Lake Como. State College. State College? Why yes, State College. The exotic car capital of Pennsylvania! [Read More]
Why the Big Ten Needs to be in Gator Country
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Why the Big Ten Needs to be in Gator Country
221 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
A joke I've been making for decades is when you drive south on I-95, you reach a point where you've driven so far south that you drove back north. There are more Penn State Alumni Chapters in Florida than in any state other than Pennsylvania. [Read More]
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