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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

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
143 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
145 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
147 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
149 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
151 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.?
153 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]
Parenting on the Edge of the Bell Curve
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Parenting on the Edge of the Bell Curve
155 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Following the road less traveled in raising two children has made a night alone very rare occasion. [Read More]
For Owners, Business Is Better By Being There
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For Owners, Business Is Better By Being There
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
My local shopping regularly reminds me there is one crucial element of retail that virtually guarantees a good customer experience – an ownership presence in the day-to-day operations of the business. [Read More]
Remembering the Chicken Cosmo -- And Its Unappealing Predecessor
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Remembering the Chicken Cosmo -- And Its Unappealing Predecessor
159 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It’s all about the presentation. I was reminded of this when the eighth anniversary of the demise of the famed "chicken cosmo" came and went last month – April 4, to be exact. [Read More]
Return of the Big Blue Boxes
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Return of the Big Blue Boxes
161 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
With so many parks and recreation spaces in the Centre Region, it's easy to enjoy nature as the weather gets warmer. Fortunately, Centre Region Parks and Rec also makes it a little bit easier when nature calls. [Read More]
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