NHL’s Newest Team in Las Vegas Taking Shape

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Vegas Golden Knights
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As the Chief Executive Officer of SAI, Patrick Stoup has helped earn the professional services firm awards such as Small Business of the Year and Small Business Quality Supplier of the Year. Outside of his professional pursuits, Patrick Stoup is a former hockey player who actively follows the National Hockey League (NHL).

The NHL board of governors approved the expansion bid from a new Las Vegas franchise on June 22, 2016, and the new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, will begin play at the start of the 2017-18 regular season. The team’s owner, Bill Foley, was required to pay a $500 million expansion fee, which was far more expensive than the $80 million required for Columbus and Minnesota back in 2000.

In the past year, Vegas has been busy hiring its management team and acquiring players to fill out its roster. In July 2016, the team named George McPhee its first-ever general manager, and in April, McPhee announced that former Jack Adams Award finalist Gerard Gallant will be the team’s first head coach. A former Memorial Cup winner with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs, Gallant compiled a 96-65-25 record through two and a half seasons with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

In March, the Golden Knights signed its first player, 21-year-old Reid Duke, and later added veteran Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov. Vegas will fill out its roster during the June 21 expansion draft, where it will pick a player from each of the other 30 teams’ unprotected lists.


Some of the Wonderful Activities at Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe

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After serving as the president of SAI in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for seven years, Patrick Stoup became the company’s CEO in 2014. When he is not working, Patrick Stroup enjoys traveling and counts Singapore and Switzerland among his favorite destinations. In Switzerland, he has made the trek to Jungfraujoch, an attraction built on a mountain peak in the Bernese Alps.

Known as the “top of Europe,” Jungfraujoch sits between the mountains Jungfrau and Monch. Accessible by railway, the area is home to the Monchsjoch Hut, the highest-altitude mountain hut in the world, and the Sphinx Observatory, which provides a 360-degree view of the mountain range. From there is Alpine Sensation, a 250-meter-long moving walkway of lights and music. The walkway leads to the Ice Palace, a cave full of majestic ice sculptures. In the summer, Snow Fun Park provides opportunities for skiing and snowboarding.

Several restaurants are available, as well as Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, for those with a sweet tooth. In addition, there are several exhibitions and multimedia shows open to visitors.

With the Help of CGI, Robert De Niro to Appear Younger in New Film

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The Irishman
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Since 2014, Patrick Stoup has been CEO of SAI in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to this, he served as the company’s president from 1997 to 2014. Patrick Stoup’s favorite actor is Robert De Niro.

It was announced in December of 2016 that Robert De Niro will be returning to his roots in the motion picture The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by Gaston Pavlovich. De Niro will be playing a gangster alongside fellow “wise guy” actors Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and possibly Joe Pesci, who costarred with De Niro in Scorsese’s classic film Goodfellas. The project has been in development for years due to the challenge of aligning the schedules of the busy stars.

These iconic actors will appear as young men throughout much of the picture. Using computer-generated imagery (CGI), many of the film’s scenes will feature flashbacks of the aged hoodlums in different stages of their lives. Tests of the technology have been very promising, and Pavlovich assures fans that they will see a De Niro very similar to the one who appeared in The Godfather, Part II.

Make-A-Wish Participants Matched with Washington Capitals Hockey Team

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Patrick Stoup is the CEO for SAI in Gaithersburg, Maryland. There, he develops plans to help the company meet both long- and short-term goals. He is also in charge of financial reports and budgets. Outside of work, Patrick Stoup donates to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

The Make-A-Wish foundation helps children with terminal illnesses by granting them a wish of their choosing. This not only raises spirits for the child, but their happiness can bring hope and joy to their own family as well. The Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation covers the Maryland area, including DC and northern Virginia.

In 2016, each of the players on the Washington Capitals hockey team was paired with a Make-A-Wish participant. The children had the opportunity to skate, talk, and have a good time with their own personal hockey player. Some were even given sled rides on the ice. Each player wore a lavender jersey, with the back featuring the name of the child they were paired with. The jerseys were later auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Hockey Fights Cancer.

Three Simple Tips for Crossword Puzzles

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Crossword Puzzles
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Patrick Stoup serves as the Chief Executive Officer for SAI, where his duties include reviewing monthly reports in order to monitor the company’s progress toward its long-term goals and plans. When the weekend comes, Patrick Stoup enjoys spending time with the Washington Post’s Sunday crossword puzzle.

Keep these three simple tips in mind the next time you are working on a crossword puzzle to help keep you moving toward its successful completion.

1. Learn “Crosswordese.” Crosswordese refers to words often found in puzzles that rarely see use in everyday speech. Words like ogee, arete, and etui prove common because they help puzzle creators fill in tight corners and small spaces. Also called repeaters, you can find these commonly used words in crossword dictionaries or sites specifically dedicated to them.

2. Pay attention to wordplay. Crossword creators often like to trick players using clever wordplay. For example, while “entrance” might make you think of doors, it might have more to do with putting someone in a trance than entering a room.

3. Understand crossword cluing conventions. Crossword puzzle clues are very carefully crafted, often following widely accepted crossword conventions. For example, if a clue contains an abbreviation, chances are the answer is an abbreviated word. Similarly, if your clue has a foreign word in it, the answer likely contains a foreign word from the same language.

DC Kitchen’s Food Service for Schoolchildren

DC Kitchen

DC Kitchen


Patrick Stoup is an accomplished business executive in Gaithersburg, Maryland, who has held a variety of high-level executive positions. Currently working as the CEO of SAI, a company providing professional corporate support for its clients, Patrick Stoup is also an enthusiastic philanthropist, and supports organizations such as DC Kitchen.

DC Kitchen, or DC Central Kitchen, is a charitable organization based in Washington, D.C., that works to provide food for those in need in the area, as well as support social ventures to improve healthy living and lessen the effects of poverty. The nonprofit was founded in 1999, and was one of the first to not only feed those who were going hungry, but to attain jobs for these same people in the culinary arts as well, thereby focusing on the root problem of poverty.

Today, DC Central Kitchen has a plethora of programs and initiatives for its community, one of which is its award-winning Health School Food focus. This program looks to increase the nutritional benefits of school lunches for which DC Central Kitchen is the food provider. Healthy School Food sources its meals from local farms, in order to support their economic success, and even provides jobs within the program to unemployed adults who have experience in the culinary industry. To learn more, or to donate, visit dccentralkitchen.org.

Children’s Inn Named One of the Best Places to Work in D.C.

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Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health
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The CEO of SAI, a business in Maryland that serves both the private and government sectors, Patrick Stoup ensures the company meets its short- and long-term goals by developing strategies and overseeing budgets. Also a philanthropist, Patrick Stoup supports through SAI and on behalf of its employees organizations such as The Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health).

The Children’s Inn at NIH was recently named a 2016 Best Place to Work in the medium category. It was one of 86 workplaces honored by the Washington Business Journal. The award recognizes companies in the Greater Washington, D.C., area that are leaders in employee engagement.

All D.C. area businesses are eligible for the Best Place to Work awards, regardless of the company’s size or type of industry. Companies who qualify for the medium category employ between 25 and 49 people. Each of these companies is evaluated and then scored on several categories such as team effectiveness, trust in leadership, and company goal alignment.

The Children’s Inn at NIH was established in 1990 and is a private, not-for-profit residence facility that helps provide support for children and families who are participating in pediatric research at the NIH.