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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

Don't Take Their Word for It: The Geographic Lies of Sports and Airports
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Don't Take Their Word for It: The Geographic Lies of Sports and Airports
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
If you watched any of the games the last two weeks you saw that the broadcast network for the Little League World Series used graphics touting the location of the event as Williamsport, PA. Except, the Little League World Series does not take place in Williamsport, PA. [Read More]
Why Tuition-Free College Might Not Be That Far Off
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Why Tuition-Free College Might Not Be That Far Off
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Free college tuition for everyone. Now that’s a topic that might garner some interest here in Happy Valley, home as we are to the largest university in the state by enrollment, and where our address says it all: State College, PA. [Read More]
A Family Trip, Mythbusters and the Bittersweet Goodbye to a Child Off to College
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A Family Trip, Mythbusters and the Bittersweet Goodbye to a Child Off to College
44 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It’s almost August, which means it’s that time of year where mothers across America begin to realize that departure is imminent — the departure of their children as they pack up and leave for college for the first time. [Read More]
Like Penn State Does, Local Community Should Do What's in Its Own Best Interest
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Like Penn State Does, Local Community Should Do What's in Its Own Best Interest
46 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Penn State has shown they are moving away from the good-neighbor policies of years past and focusing on what they claim is in their best interest. We, the residents of Happy Valley, need to act similarly. [Read More]
Make Giving Back a Positive Experience for Our Youth
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Make Giving Back a Positive Experience for Our Youth
48 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
We are a generous people here in Happy Valley and the Centre Region and have many ways to give back. When requiring our youth to volunteer, we should make it a positive experience that will help them on a lifelong path of giving to others. [Read More]
For Parents, Time with Kids Is Shorter Than It Seems, So Make the Moments Count
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For Parents, Time with Kids Is Shorter Than It Seems, So Make the Moments Count
50 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Seize those experiences as a parent. When your children arrive – in whatever form or time – you think you have forever. Many days may seem like they last forever. But the time is finite and you have a lot less of it than you think. The years you have solely with your children will account for le [Read More]
A Celebration of Mount Nitttany
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A Celebration of Mount Nitttany
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
For almost 40 years Mount Nittany Conservancy volunteers have practiced ecologically sound maintenance to keep its 9 miles of trails available for everyone. Once a year those volunteers get together and take a Friday evening to relax. And you are invited to join them. [Read More]
A Musical Blast from the Past Reminds That Some Things Haven't Really Changed
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A Musical Blast from the Past Reminds That Some Things Haven't Really Changed
54 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I’ve found myself mentally reciting the lyrics whenever it randomly pops up on my cell phone playlist. In many cases it’s saddening how the lyrics – penned over a half-century ago – still resonate today. [Read More]
To Be Honest with You...
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To Be Honest with You...
56 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I’m forever amused when people use that caveat in conversation. Because what are you saying when you start a sentence with “To be honest with you?” When you interject that colloquialism into a conversation, the larger context is that everything else you’ve said is a lie. [Read More]
Days of Movin' On Past
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Days of Movin' On Past
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Penn State’s school year is winding down, with the last day of spring semester classes this Friday. But that day is also one of the most anticipated dates on the 2019 calendar. [Read More]
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