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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

People Before Things
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People Before Things
122 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Connecting with people in the same physical space is, for lack of a better term, a human birthright. We are social animals and need people. That means real people, not people within your phone. So how do we get the youth of today, and the rest of us, to focus a bit more on people before things? [Read More]
What Can We Do to Preserve the Places That Define the Spirit of Happy Valley?
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What Can We Do to Preserve the Places That Define the Spirit of Happy Valley?
124 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
With the closing of the Rathskeller, State College will lose one of the places that has contributed to its rich sense of community, writes John Hook. And the question becomes, is that how we want to do things? How do we maintain the spirit and life that is Happy Valley, so that it remains happy? [Read More]
Whitehall Road Regional Park Will Be a Gift to Area Youth
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Whitehall Road Regional Park Will Be a Gift to Area Youth
126 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
What a great holiday season this turned out to be for the youth of Happy Valley. The children of the Centre Region should soon enjoy the benefits of the largest park ever built in this area. [Read More]
A Local's List for the Holidays in State College
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A Local's List for the Holidays in State College
128 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As long as we townies have three weeks of “nothing-but-the-locals” until the spring semester starts on Jan. 8, these are some things you need to do while you have the chance. [Read More]
The College Football Playoff Is Not the Answer
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The College Football Playoff Is Not the Answer
130 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As I gazed this week at the media circus which culminated on Sunday in several hours of television drama announcing the bowl game matchups, I realized the quest for one true national champion in major college football has devolved into a College Football Playoff with some fairly interesting rational [Read More]
If You're Gluten-Free Like Me, Options Are Looking Up
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If You're Gluten-Free Like Me, Options Are Looking Up
132 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The greatest pizza advancement as this gluten-free groundswell takes hold is that you can now order a gluten-free pizza from many of your favorite pizza places. And I have. [Read More]
Health Insurance Headaches
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Health Insurance Headaches
134 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
On this Election Day, I’m feeling a bit frustrated. [Read More]
Population Growth for Pennsylvania's Fourth Largest 'City'
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Population Growth for Pennsylvania's Fourth Largest 'City'
136 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Of course, the place I’m referring to isn’t really a “city” in the strict definition of the word. But Beaver Stadium on Saturday night certainly felt like the culmination of a multi-year civic redevelopment project. [Read More]
The Grocery List
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The Grocery List
138 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The internet loves lists and one of the most popular is the annual ranking of America's favorite grocery retailers. In Happy Valley we have two of the top three favorite grocery retailers right in our midst and several others that make the ranking. [Read More]
The Two C's of High School Sports Fandom
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The Two C's of High School Sports Fandom
140 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Many of those parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors have become experts in two very important aspects of the outdoor scholastic sports experience. No, not the rules or referees. They have become experts in the two C’s of scholastic fandom – concessions and comfort [Read More]
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