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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

Candy Karma
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Candy Karma
143 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
145 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
147 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
149 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
151 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]
From Rome to Paris to Venus Without Leaving Pennsylvania
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From Rome to Paris to Venus Without Leaving Pennsylvania
153 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As we trekked back and forth across Pennsylvania, we noticed our journeys took us to towns and villages with interesting names. Lots of interesting names. [Read More]
Conventional Wisdom
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Conventional Wisdom
155 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Having had the convention experience 10 times now, and with both of this year's fresh in everyone's minds, I thought I would pass along some interesting observations I've made over the years while attending them. [Read More]
Getting Older in Happy Valley
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Getting Older in Happy Valley
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Retirement. Having these conversations got me to thinking how that concept applies in our beautiful Happy Valley, because the conversations about it that I have with people who live and work outside of our favorite hometown are decidedly different from the conversations I have with fellow Valley fol [Read More]
The Happiness Tax
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The Happiness Tax
159 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Every desirable place to live comes with its own extra financial cost. In Happy Valley and other places, it is local income tax. [Read More]
Is the Tide Turning at Last for Soccer in the U.S.?
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Is the Tide Turning at Last for Soccer in the U.S.?
161 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Around our house lately a good bit of soccer has been viewed on the television, and a similar scenario is playing out in many households all around the world. [Read More]
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