Fisher House Foundation
Patrick Stoup has served as chief executive officer of SAI in Gaithersburg, Maryland, since 2014. When he is not striving to meet immediate and long-term financial objectives at SAI, Patrick Stoup supports charities such as Fisher House Foundation.
Fisher House Foundation is a philanthropic group comprised of homes throughout the United States that welcome military members, veterans, and their families. These homes allow individuals to enjoy shelter, food, and other facilities at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical care. Over the years, the organization has saved veterans and their families roughly $320 million in expenses.
Beyond the organization’s commitment to free housing for military families, Fisher House Foundation also provides scholarship opportunities to members of the military and those closest to them. Through the group’s military children scholarship offerings, young adults receive nearly $1 million every year toward higher education. Fisher House Foundation also has established a number of scholarships specifically for spouses of military service members. These scholarships, made possible by a partnership with the National Military Family Association (NMFA), can be used for licensing purposes, certificates, continuing education credits, and more.
SAI CEO Patrick Stoup is a business leader in the defense and space industries. He has enjoyed domestic and international travel for both business and pleasure. Over a 40 year span has visited such places as Germany, Italy, Austria, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore. Singapore is one of Mr. Stoup’s favorite places.
Offering warm weather and reasonable hotel rates year round, Singapore does not really have a bad time to visit. Typically, Singapore has a steady amount of business travelers coming and going, but some hotels claim that business visitors drop off a bit in July and August. During these months, tourists often can find the best hotel rates and enjoy their trip with slightly smaller crowds. This break in crowds often extends into October, but the Southwest Monsoon normally arrives between June and September.
Other than that, the rest of the year stays fairly busy. Between November and June, Singapore is awash with business travelers and winter leisure travelers, making for a very busy experience. There also are the city’s multiples holiday festivals that bring in more visitors and result in higher hotel prices. Singapore also experiences its second annual monsoon, the Northeast Monsoon, between November and January. The Northeast Monsoon is much more severe than the Southwest one, and the city often sees an average of 12 inches of rain at its peak.