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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

Eat Local, Buy Local, Invest Local
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Eat Local, Buy Local, Invest Local
243 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Many of us are eating sustainably-grown local food, buying locally-produced goods, shopping at locally-owned stores. I would like to suggest we add one more option to the do-it-local menu: Invest Local. And for those in a good financial position – I have just the investment opportunity! [Read More]
Time Flies When You're Having Fun: Calculating the 'Real Feel' Age of Experience
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Time Flies When You're Having Fun: Calculating the 'Real Feel' Age of Experience
245 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Last week my wife reminded me that I have a birthday quickly approaching -- something I had been able to conveniently forget. OK, not completely, but enough that I was a little surprised that it was already October again. Why, people have been saying that to me for years – time goes faster as you [Read More]
The Color Run: I Wish I Thought of it First!
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The Color Run: I Wish I Thought of it First!
247 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
“45 Dollars?!” I said. “What race around here charges 45 bucks?” [Read More]
Driving Back to the Future
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Driving Back to the Future
249 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Then on a vacation to Montana in 1992 I hit the mother-lode of driving ecstasy. Standing at the car rental counter at the Missoula airport I asked the rental agent what the speed limit was. She simply said, "Whatever you want to drive." [Read More]
When it Comes to Working Out, Locals Are on the Outside Looking In
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When it Comes to Working Out, Locals Are on the Outside Looking In
251 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I passed the IM building and Rec Hall I saw plenty of athletically-attired students heading inside.I assume they're playing sports or working out. I assume that because – except for those students pedaling stationary bikes or jogging on treadmills in front of the windows – I'll never know. [Read More]
Becoming an Educated Education Consumer
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Becoming an Educated Education Consumer
253 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
She explained very matter-of-factly, "You drop me off, we put away our coats, then we sit in a circle and Miss "B" reads us a story, then we have play time, then we line up to use the bathroom, then we take a nap, then we line up to get juice, then we go outside ... When do get to learn?" [Read More]
Red Light, Green Light, No Light
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Red Light, Green Light, No Light
255 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I'm as environmentally sensitive as the next person ... I'm still waiting for all cars to have dimpled exteriors like golf balls. Now I know what you're thinking. He wants to get rid of all the traffic lights? He's crazy. (As Robin Williams says, "I've never been diagnosed.) [Read More]
Everybody Into the Pool, Swim League for (All) the Ages
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Everybody Into the Pool, Swim League for (All) the Ages
257 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The Bullfrogs, Sharks, Dolphins, and Penguins (it's cold out there in the Valley!) are comprised of youth and young adults between the ages of 4 and 18. Instead of watching outstanding athletes play their sport on TV, the young swimmers get to perform WITH the outstanding athletes. [Read More]
New Columnist Runs Through Life in State College
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New Columnist Runs Through Life in State College
259 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
While here I've taken it upon myself to get through most of the 5K fundraising races in the area. Of which there are many. My wife likes to call it "slogging." For "slow-jogging." [Read More]
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