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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

Big Bias
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Big Bias
124 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
126 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
128 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
130 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
132 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]
Candy Karma
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Candy Karma
134 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The broad social rule is: give out candy. Raisins do not count as candy. However, as adults, the great conundrum for this candy spectacular holiday comes not from what kind of candy to hand out, but how much to spend on the candy? [Read More]
New Beaver Stadium Entry Procedures in Need of Obvious Fixes
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New Beaver Stadium Entry Procedures in Need of Obvious Fixes
136 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Beaver Stadium's new security measures are well-intentioned, but long, slow-moving lines signal a need for some obvious improvements and better implementation. [Read More]
Oh Deer: The Fascinating Facts Behind Pennsylvania Hunting
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Oh Deer: The Fascinating Facts Behind Pennsylvania Hunting
138 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Guns. Bows-and-arrows. People. The expectation is that's a mixture for a nasty cocktail. And somehow it's not. [Read More]
Penn State-Pitt Shows How Familiarity Breeds Contempt, and Rivalries
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Penn State-Pitt Shows How Familiarity Breeds Contempt, and Rivalries
140 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Penn State's proximity to and alumni populations around universities like Pitt, Rutgers and Maryland make for more enthusiastic rivalries than many of the Big Ten programs to the west the Penn State plays each year. [Read More]
For the Future That We Wait: A Penn State Class of 2020 Crystal Ball
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For the Future That We Wait: A Penn State Class of 2020 Crystal Ball
142 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Last week some 8,000 freshmen started attending classes in Happy Valley. The Class of 2020 is now in the house! And they have their hopes and dreams of what they want to do. So let's look in the future – what will this disparate group of young individuals do with their lives after they graduate? [Read More]
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