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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

A Small-Town Image Belies a Retail Chain's Success
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A Small-Town Image Belies a Retail Chain's Success
223 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Columnist John Hook has long-associated a discount retail chain with small, rural towns. So it came as a surprise to find it's a rapidly growing business doing well against online merchants. [Read More]
On 'Yinz' and the Value of Being 'Blue-Collar'
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On 'Yinz' and the Value of Being 'Blue-Collar'
225 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
"Yinz" transcends the Pittsburgh area, and its connotation of blue-collar communities is something to be embraced, writes columnist John Hook [Read More]
Time for Penn State to Cut Ties With the State Appropriation?
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Time for Penn State to Cut Ties With the State Appropriation?
227 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Is worth it? Would Penn State not be better off in the long run just saying to the Commonwealth, "You know, why don't you just keep the money? You obviously have better things to do with it and we'll probably be better off without any state involvement." [Read More]
I've Been Thinking About Hotels
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I've Been Thinking About Hotels
229 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
From local hotel markups for special occasions like THON, to a tourism tax that would help fund local government and lower income taxes, to youth sports tournaments that force you to pay for hotel stays... John Hook has a lot of thoughts on hotels. [Read More]
A Committed Relationship with Pennsylvania Potato Chips
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A Committed Relationship with Pennsylvania Potato Chips
231 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I try to eliminate sugars, grains, and starches from my eating. The sugars and grains are generally easier but getting rid of starches means no potato chips. So, let's just say I have rationalized potato starch as an acceptable starch. [Read More]
I'll Be Making a Donation This Week
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I'll Be Making a Donation This Week
233 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
235 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
237 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
239 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
241 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]
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