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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
I'm A Strong-Willed Person So I Tend Not To Give In Or Give Up. I Basically Just Got To Give Out.

Birthplace

Born:
11/25/1948
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Energy Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
I'm A Strong-Willed Person So I Tend Not To Give In Or Give Up. I Basically Just Got To Give Out.

Birthplace

Born:
11/25/1948
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Senior vice president of Commonwealth Edison, John Timothy Hooker was born on November 25, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. The son of Mississippi immigrants Arthur and Rosa Horton Hooker, Hooker grew up in Chicago’s Lawndale community located on the West Side. He attended Theodore Hertzel Elementary School, Hess Upper Grade Center and Farragut High School. At Hess Upper Grade Center, Hooker was inspired by civil rights activist Al Raby and teacher Warner Sanders. Graduating from Farragut High School in 1966, Hooker got married and was hired by Commonwealth Edison that same year.

Starting in the company mailroom at ComEd, Hooker learned as much as possible about the company. Hooker rose to clerk typist, to time keeper, to material clerk, and by 1974, he was promoted to human relations representative. Then in 1976, Hooker began working in the marketing department where he was promoted to director of marketing for Bolingbrook, Illinois and the western suburbs in 1984. In 1987, he became the ComEd liaison to the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and City Hall. Hooker went on to earn his B.S. degree from Chicago State University in 1990 and helped found the Exelon African American Members Association (EAAMA). Hooker served as area manager for ComEd in the western Chicago suburbs and director of external affairs. Later, in 1995, Hooker was named director of governmental affairs and influenced the passage of the Illinois Consumer Choice Law of 1997. Hooker was promoted to vice president of property management for Exelon Energy Delivery, and in 2000, he became an officer of the company. In 2004, Hooker was appointed senior vice president of Commonwealth Edison.

A 1994 participant in Leadership Greater Chicago, Hooker serves on several boards including: the Chicago State University Foundation, Peoples Consumer Cooperative, the Safer Foundation, Junior Achievement and the African American Initiative. Hooker is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. He is also a member of Chicago University’s Business Hall of Fame Committee and is involved in the Chicago Public School’s Youth Motivation program.

Hooker lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, Kim. They have three adult children.

Hooker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 22, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Stating of John Hooker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John Hooker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Hooker describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Hooker describes his mother's upbringing in Lexington, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Hooker describes his father's upbringing in Lexington, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Hooker talks about his parents' move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Hooker describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Hooker describes the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John Hooker talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - John Hooker describes his household in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - John Hooker remembers the gang activity in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Hooker talks about how he avoided gang involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Hooker remembers his paper route
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Hooker talks about his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Hooker recalls his experiences at the Julius H. Hess Upper Grade Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Hooker recalls the movies and television of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Hooker remembers selling Jet magazine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Hooker describes his religious experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John Hooker describes Farragut High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John Hooker remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - John Hooker describes the political figures in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - John Hooker talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Hooker remembers working at Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Hooker recalls his college aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Hooker remembers marrying his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Hooker talks about the African American executives of the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Hooker recalls his recruitment to the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Hooker describes the discrimination against black employees at the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Hooker recalls his start in the mailroom of the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Hooker remembers working as a clerk typist at the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John Hooker recalls his promotion to timekeeper at the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - John Hooker describes his decision to enroll in night school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Hooker remembers his bachelor's degree program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Hooker recalls working as a material clerk for the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Hooker recalls his promotion to the human resources department of the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Hooker remembers joining the marketing department of the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Hooker talks about customer service at the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John Hooker describes the influence of his upbringing on his work at the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John Hooker describes the quality of service at the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John Hooker recalls his role as a liaison to the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - John Hooker remembers working with the aldermen of the Chicago City Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Hooker recalls negotiating a franchise agreement with the City of Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Hooker recalls working as an area manager for the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John Hooker describes the Exelon African American Members Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John Hooker recalls the founding of the Exelon African American Members Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John Hooker describes the impact of the Exelon African American Members Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John Hooker recalls becoming the director of external affairs for the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John Hooker describes the Leadership Greater Chicago program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - John Hooker talks about his second and third marriages
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - John Hooker describes his role in the deregulation of Illinois' utility markets
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John Hooker talks about the regulation of the utilities industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John Hooker describes the aftermath of utility market deregulation in Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John Hooker recalls becoming an officer of the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John Hooker describes his role as senior vice president at the Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John Hooker reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - John Hooker describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - John Hooker reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - John Hooker reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - John Hooker talks about his children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - John Hooker describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - John Hooker describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - John Hooker narrates his photographs