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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 Local's List for the Holidays in State College
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A Local's List for the Holidays in State College
82 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As long as we townies have three weeks of “nothing-but-the-locals” until the spring semester starts on Jan. 8, these are some things you need to do while you have the chance. [Read More]
The College Football Playoff Is Not the Answer
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The College Football Playoff Is Not the Answer
84 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I gazed this week at the media circus which culminated on Sunday in several hours of television drama announcing the bowl game matchups, I realized the quest for one true national champion in major college football has devolved into a College Football Playoff with some fairly interesting rational [Read More]
If You're Gluten-Free Like Me, Options Are Looking Up
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If You're Gluten-Free Like Me, Options Are Looking Up
86 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The greatest pizza advancement as this gluten-free groundswell takes hold is that you can now order a gluten-free pizza from many of your favorite pizza places. And I have. [Read More]
Health Insurance Headaches
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Health Insurance Headaches
88 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
On this Election Day, I’m feeling a bit frustrated. [Read More]
Population Growth for Pennsylvania's Fourth Largest 'City'
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Population Growth for Pennsylvania's Fourth Largest 'City'
90 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Of course, the place I’m referring to isn’t really a “city” in the strict definition of the word. But Beaver Stadium on Saturday night certainly felt like the culmination of a multi-year civic redevelopment project. [Read More]
The Grocery List
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The Grocery List
92 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The internet loves lists and one of the most popular is the annual ranking of America's favorite grocery retailers. In Happy Valley we have two of the top three favorite grocery retailers right in our midst and several others that make the ranking. [Read More]
The Two C's of High School Sports Fandom
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The Two C's of High School Sports Fandom
94 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Many of those parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors have become experts in two very important aspects of the outdoor scholastic sports experience. No, not the rules or referees. They have become experts in the two C’s of scholastic fandom – concessions and comfort [Read More]
Let's Outlaw Homework
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Let's Outlaw Homework
96 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It’s that time of year again when anger fills the air in many homes. When the unfairness of life is placed front and center in the days of parents and their children. When those in charge make sure their charges know who’s in charge. That’s right. It’s time for some homework. [Read More]
A Soft-Serve Sunday
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A Soft-Serve Sunday
98 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As summer winds down, what is a dedicated local to do when he gets a craving for that soft ice cream containing less milk-fat and a little more air and also needs a true-blue soft-serve drive-up roadside experience? Well, here are my favorite places for that wonderful soft-serve ice cream [Read More]
Think About Kids' Needs When Planning Local Projects
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Think About Kids' Needs When Planning Local Projects
100 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There have been a few times recently when I’ve felt some of the people and institutions in Happy Valley with a heavy influence on our youth have been doing that annoying thing and forgetting what it was like to be a kid -- what needs kids have, how they think and understand, and taking the time to [Read More]
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