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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

College Sports Scholarships: Is There a Better Way?
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College Sports Scholarships: Is There a Better Way?
123 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I stand next to a soccer field in Alexandria, Va., watching a group of high-school age boys run through a series of warm-up drills, it reminds me how many young people enjoy sports and want to continue participating in them when they go to college as young adults. [Read More]
Health Care and Soccer: How I Softened My View of Pitt
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Health Care and Soccer: How I Softened My View of Pitt
125 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Oh, does the passion of youth look different in the rearview mirror of life. [Read More]
On Scrapple, Baby Boomers and Immigration On Scrapple, Baby Boomers and Immigration
127 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
My generation grew up with immigrants comprising less than 5 percent of the population. But today the immigrant population percentage is more in line with the late 19th century, and it’s a bit of a change for Baby Boomers. [Read More]
How Centre Region Grows Is Unique in Pennsylvania
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How Centre Region Grows Is Unique in Pennsylvania
129 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
State College and the Centre Region are growing because people are moving here for an industry – education – that’s based here, something that is uncommon in the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What limited growth Pennsylvania is experiencing outside of Centre County is often a result of [Read More]
Into the Great Wide Open
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Into the Great Wide Open
131 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
After every presidential election, there are those who threaten to move to another country. But state and local governments yield much more influence on daily life, and people can change a lot about how they live by changing where they live within U.S. borders. [Read More]
Big Bias
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Big Bias
133 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As someone who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 230 pounds, I know that society has a bit of a bias against big folks, from airline seats to clothing availability to BMI measures. [Read More]
The Holiday Closeout
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The Holiday Closeout
135 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As we approach the end of 2016 I thought I would share a few of the holiday season thoughts sugar-plumming through my head… [Read More]
College Football Playoff Should Take a Page from Division I Hockey Post-Season
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College Football Playoff Should Take a Page from Division I Hockey Post-Season
137 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
If the powers-that-be just took a page from one of their other Division I sports, I believe they could quickly provide a lot of their football fans with the comfort of a more certain, consensus national champion. [Read More]
Thanksgiving in the Valley
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Thanksgiving in the Valley
139 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
For those of us who are staying here in Happy Valley for the Thanksgiving holiday, as we sit around our dinner tables full of food and fixings, we can be thankful for our opportunity to live in this wondrous, remote outpost in the center of Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Polls, Polls, Polls
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Polls, Polls, Polls
141 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
If you trudge to your appointed polling place today so you can say you took part in this wonderful experiment called democracy, I have some good news and some not-so-good news for you. [Read More]
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