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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

They're Gone, Time for Top Ten Townie 'Bucket List'
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They're Gone, Time for Top Ten Townie 'Bucket List'
222 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
224 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?
226 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
228 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
230 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]
Yes! It's Finally Spring Break!
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Yes! It's Finally Spring Break!
232 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The grass may look greener on the other side, but here are the top 24 reasons Happy Valley is better than Florida. 1) No overusing your golf clubs. 12) Easily hiding winter weight gain with pants, sweatshirts and coats. 19) Having all bugs bug-sized. You know, smaller than a quarter. [Read More]
Getting Out of the Route 322 Safety Hole, Just Dig Deeper
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Getting Out of the Route 322 Safety Hole, Just Dig Deeper
234 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Once we've gone the one-point-eight mile stretch through the gap – we'll be back on the same slightly-less-twisting and slightly-less-turning two-lane road for those last 12 miles into Happy Valley. Well, fear not, politicians and NIMBY's of Happy Valley, I have a solution. [Read More]
Crying 'Foul' Over Basketball Rule Book, Time to Shoot for a Change?
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Crying 'Foul' Over Basketball Rule Book, Time to Shoot for a Change?
236 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It goes against the basic tenets of fair play when you do something against the rules and potentially get rewarded for it. Now when "Gram," who is always the picture of poise and composure, makes a pointed comment, well, let's just say the fabric of the universe has a tear. [Read More]
The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon: What If There Were No Greeks?
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The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon: What If There Were No Greeks?
238 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As the money raised for THON grows, so does the amount raised by the Greeks. In 2013 the top ten Greek organization pairs raised almost $2 million for THON. That money comes from somewhere. [Read More]
It's Time to Talk Trash
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It's Time to Talk Trash
240 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
According to the Journal of Commerce, in 2013 the largest exporting company in the United States was engaged in basically one business: exporting waste paper and plastic recyclables to China. [Read More]
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