Harold Hook Bio
Harold S. Hook, a recognized management scholar and innovator, is the founder and president of Main Event Management Corporation. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Kansas City, Hook earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri before serving three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Harold S. Hook made a place for himself in the business field by becoming the youngest life insurance president in the nation when elected President and CEO of National Fidelity in 1963. He ended his influential 40 year career in life insurance and financial services with 18 years invested in developing American General Corporation into one of the largest diversified financial service organizations in the United States.
During his reputable career, Hook served as President of United States Life, Cal-Western Life, and American General as well as serving terms on the boards of a multitude of business, community, cultural, and educational organizations on both the local and national level. Mr. Hook is a community leader as well through his work and commitment to the Boy Scouts of America, both as an Eagle Scout and past National President.
Since retirement, Hook assumed active leadership of Main Event Management Corporation, formed in 1971, creating and marketing the Model-Netics and MEM systems for use in a variety of business, governmental, and educational organizations. He believes that outstanding leaders are capable both of a fast start and sustained long-term performance as well as his aggressive approach to lifetime learning, particularly in the field of management.
Today, Hook resides in Houston with his wife Joanne, with whom he shares three married children and four grandsons. To date he has earned distinguished accomplishments such as honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from both the University of Missouri and Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) as well as being named Texas Business Executive of the Year by Texas A&M University, Houston Businessman of the Year from Stanford Alumni Association, Man of the Year from Delta Sigma Pi, National Honoree from Beta Gamma Sigma, and inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.