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

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

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

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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

Fisher House Foundation Benefits and Scholarship Opportunities

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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.

Best Times for Visiting Singapore

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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.