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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

Parenting on the Edge of the Bell Curve
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Parenting on the Edge of the Bell Curve
163 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
165 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
167 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
169 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]
The Happy Valley Music Scene Thrives Through the Years
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The Happy Valley Music Scene Thrives Through the Years
171 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The announcement of a tour stop for KISS at the Bryce Jordan Center this summer stirs State College musical memories and an appreciation for the bevy of live music options in the area. [Read More]
A Small-Town Image Belies a Retail Chain's Success
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A Small-Town Image Belies a Retail Chain's Success
173 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Columnist John Hook has long-associated a discount retail chain with small, rural towns. So it came as a surprise to find it's a rapidly growing business doing well against online merchants. [Read More]
On 'Yinz' and the Value of Being 'Blue-Collar'
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On 'Yinz' and the Value of Being 'Blue-Collar'
175 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
"Yinz" transcends the Pittsburgh area, and its connotation of blue-collar communities is something to be embraced, writes columnist John Hook [Read More]
Time for Penn State to Cut Ties With the State Appropriation?
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Time for Penn State to Cut Ties With the State Appropriation?
177 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Is worth it? Would Penn State not be better off in the long run just saying to the Commonwealth, "You know, why don't you just keep the money? You obviously have better things to do with it and we'll probably be better off without any state involvement." [Read More]
I've Been Thinking About Hotels
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I've Been Thinking About Hotels
179 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
From local hotel markups for special occasions like THON, to a tourism tax that would help fund local government and lower income taxes, to youth sports tournaments that force you to pay for hotel stays... John Hook has a lot of thoughts on hotels. [Read More]
A Committed Relationship with Pennsylvania Potato Chips
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A Committed Relationship with Pennsylvania Potato Chips
181 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I try to eliminate sugars, grains, and starches from my eating. The sugars and grains are generally easier but getting rid of starches means no potato chips. So, let's just say I have rationalized potato starch as an acceptable starch. [Read More]
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