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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

21 Random End-of-the-Year Musings
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21 Random End-of-the-Year Musings
242 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I am not one to engage in New Year’s resolutions -- other than running the 5K Resolution Run downtown on Dec. 31 -- I am here instead to share with you 21 random end-of-the-year musings. Without further ado they are… [Read More]
Conversation With a Beaver Stadium Escalator
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Conversation With a Beaver Stadium Escalator
244 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Halfway down the ramp the mid-level platform was vacant so I did something I had always wanted to do – I walked over and had a conversation with the escalator. I’ve transcribed it as closely as I can recall. [Read More]
Attention to Detail: Penn State Wrestler Jason Nolf
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Attention to Detail: Penn State Wrestler Jason Nolf
246 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
How you do the little things is how you do all things. Given the inattention to detail I see today in some places, it is heartwarming to see a young athlete perform well and display a sense of regard for their sport. [Read More]
Does Voting Really Matter?
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Does Voting Really Matter?
248 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
That mantra – voting is our duty and responsibility – is hammered home time and time again to all of us throughout our lives. Maybe not voting is a valid choice. Maybe you shouldn't be shamed for choices you make. Let's examine this theory. [Read More]
The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK: An (Anti) Bucket List Item
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The Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK: An (Anti) Bucket List Item
250 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
This Sunday I crossed an item off my "bucket list" -- that ever-growing list of accomplishments I want to do. The funny thing is until three weeks ago it wasn't on my bucket list. What is this activity that was the recipient of my disregard? Why, running the Tussey mOUnTaiNBACK. [Read More]
What Do I Want?: My State College Retail Wish List
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What Do I Want?: My State College Retail Wish List
252 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
When my kids and I drive around Happy Valley, we sometimes play the game of “What do I want?” It involves thinking of retail establishments we’ve seen or used in other parts of the country and stating which ones we want to open a location here. [Read More]
To Renovate Or Not To Renovate, That Is The Question
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To Renovate Or Not To Renovate, That Is The Question
254 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Not every story you see played out on the big or small screen is true. Most people I know who have lived through a full-scale renovation – where they lived, ate and slept inside the same space that is being renovated – wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy. [Read More]
In Praise of the Lesser-Known Elite Athlete
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In Praise of the Lesser-Known Elite Athlete
256 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Here in Happy Valley we have hundreds of elite athletes in many sports – youngsters, college-age and older – and I urge you to use every opportunity you can to witness first-hand their prowess. In most cases you’ll have as up-close-and-personal a seat as you can possibly get. [Read More]
State College: Home to Zero For-Profit Television Networks
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State College: Home to Zero For-Profit Television Networks
258 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Here we are in Happy Valley with no major for-profit television networks. Of the four – ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox – three are based in Johnstown, and the fourth is based in Altoona. And according to the FCC, Happy Valley is in the “Johnstown-Altoona” television market. [Read More]
What I Learned from Famous Ernie Oelbermann
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What I Learned from Famous Ernie Oelbermann
260 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
And this is just one man’s story. There are hundreds, thousands, out there like it. All composed and played out in a world created by Ernie. Each one touched by so many others. [Read More]
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