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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

A Small Step into the Air Travel Big Leagues
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A Small Step into the Air Travel Big Leagues
5 hours ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I write this I am sitting in the living room of a condo in The Grand Lodge by Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. The living room has a two-story vaulted ceiling with 12-inch hand-hewn wood beams and a multitude of 6-foot tall windows looking out at the mountain – and the base of the Northsi [Read More]
Crown Vics and Area Codes: Appreciating the Great Equalizers
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Crown Vics and Area Codes: Appreciating the Great Equalizers
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The New York Times labeled the Crown Vic taxi as the “great equalizer of the varied urban tribe.” It was the equivalent of the assigned uniform at school – everyone wore the exact same thing which minimized judging of one another. Out here in Happy Valley we only have one area code: 814. It is [Read More]
A Fan's New Year's Resolution: Take It Easy on the Refs
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A Fan's New Year's Resolution: Take It Easy on the Refs
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I’m guilty. I did it. I yelled at the TV again. No, not because my favorite TV show killed off a likable character. It was because of that lousy call in the Peach Bowl game. [Read More]
Finding the Joy of the Season on a Solo Trip to New York City
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Finding the Joy of the Season on a Solo Trip to New York City
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The holiday season is upon us. And there’s no better way for those of us living in Happy Valley to contemplate the good tidings and blessings of the holiday season and the condition of your fellow man/woman/person than a solo trip to New York City. [Read More]
Author! Author!
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Author! Author!
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As a kid I never imagined that I would someday know someone who wrote a book. It was inconceivable. As I sit here today in Happy Valley, this mecca of authorship, it turns out I know many people who have written books. [Read More]
3 Simple Things to Prepare Now Before Winter Truly Sets In
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3 Simple Things to Prepare Now Before Winter Truly Sets In
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The imminent arrival of our long, cold and light-challenged winter, however, means we should properly plan to make the best of it. There are three things you should seriously consider preparing in advance before the deep freeze sets in. [Read More]
In Celebration of Redheads
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In Celebration of Redheads
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Of the many out-of-the-ordinary aspects of our daughter’s birth, she not only beat the odds of arriving (most in-vitro procedures at that time had a 25% success rate), but she also managed to combine recessive genes from both sides of our family and get a hair color she shares with very few people [Read More]
Who Needs an Amusement Park When You Have Beaver Stadium?
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Who Needs an Amusement Park When You Have Beaver Stadium?
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
What an adventure! 110,000 people crammed into the night on about 16 acres of land, all surrounding and focused on a patch of illuminated grass 120 yards long by 53.3 yards wide, screaming at the top of their lungs. Now that’s an exciting and remarkable experience. [Read More]
Words of Wisdom from 60 Years of Life
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Words of Wisdom from 60 Years of Life
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
In honor of this milestone I felt that I would take a few moments to pass along some words of wisdom that I have collected during my 60 years on the planet. These are sayings, thoughts, quotes and quips which have made a strong impression on me, and it seems fitting that having reached this age I sh [Read More]
The White Lies of Language
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The White Lies of Language
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Our fervent search for the truth in words makes me wonder if there are some words or terminology we use regularly that just don’t mean what they say anymore — words that deaden our senses to the onslaught of misleading information we’re met with every day. I took a quick poll around and here a [Read More]
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