Mike Howell is a manager of Patriot Point and represents the Taishoff Family Foundation (TFF), one of the founding partners of Patriot Point, where he is board member. With TFF’s president, Rob Taishoff, being a retired career Naval Officer who served for over 23 years, Patriot Point is a cornerstone of TFF’s philanthropic endeavors. Howell has been active in the DC commercial construction industry since he graduated from the University of Florida College of Building Construction and is currently a principal and VP of Operations for Evans Contracting Group, Inc..
Stuart Plank co-founded Patriot Point in 2016. He had visited the property with the previous owner and some veterans the year before and when the property came up for sale, he contacted the Military Bowl Foundation with an idea to make the property a full-time operation dedicated to veterans. Together with the Military Bowl Foundation and the Taishoff Family Foundation, Patriot Point was purchased in April of 2016. He serves as one of the managers, overseeing new building construction and growth of the charity. He enjoys time spent meeting with all the veterans, caregivers and families that use the property.
Stuart was born and raised in Kensington, Maryland where he currently resides with his wife, Laura, and two sons, Jack and Casey. He attended Virginia Tech were he earned a B.S. in Building Construction and played football. Professionally, Stuart has over 30 years in residential and commercial development in the Washington, D.C. area.
Stuart has always taken an active role in being a Man for Others and enjoys giving back to his community and veterans that have served our country. He currently is involved with several local charities and has been an Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Georgetown Prep for over 20 years.
Steve Beck is the President & Executive Director of the Military Bowl Foundation, which is responsible for the operation of the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman college football bowl game, Patriot Point and the DC Touchdown Club.
Beck has been in charge of the Military Bowl Foundation (previously known as the DC Bowl Committee) since its inaugural year in 2008. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game, which is held each December. He serves as the Bowl’s liaison between the teams and conferences, guides team selections and negotiates all contracts. Beck’s responsibilities also include development of the Board of Directors, as well as oversight of the Bowl’s finances, sponsorships and marketing. Beck spearheaded the Bowl’s move to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis in 2013 and the Bowl has thrived there since, generating more than $87 million in direct economic impact and playing before 96 percent stadium capacity.
In addition to the Military Bowl, Beck’s longstanding desire to recreate the DC Touchdown Club has made a significant impact on the Washington-area football community. The Touchdown Club brings together supporters from throughout the National Capital Region, hosts the annual 3M Awards Dinner and Annual Golf Tournament. In addition to spotlighting the top local high school and college players and coaches, the Awards Dinner has honored some of the greatest involved in the game, such as Mike Ditka, Jim Kelly and Lee Corso.
Both the Awards Dinner and the Golf Tournament benefit Patriot Point, which is the Military Bowl Foundation’s 290-acre retreat for wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and their caregivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Beck played a driving force in the purchase of the property and establishment of Patriot Point. He solicited donations, including two Founding Partners as well as a grant from the State of Maryland, and worked to create short- and long-term plans for the property.
From 1998 to 2002, Beck served as Vice President of Sports America and assisted in producing the McDonald’s All-American Game, Capital Classic, Quarterback Club and various other events.
Lauren Schram is the Director of Finance, Events, & Operations for the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, operated by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc. Responsible primarily for all bowl-related events and overseeing the stadium operations and financial matters, Lauren has been with the bowl since the inaugural game in 2008.
Lauren received her B.A. from Muhlenberg College and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Tim has managed the hunting and property at Patriot Point (formerly Poverty Point, with the prior owner) since September 2010. He has over 45 years experience- managing and guiding at Hunt Clubs across the country… Illinois, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and in his home state of Maryland.
Tim served eight years in the U.S. Air Force (deployed to Vietnam in 1968 and 1969). Tim is an avid hunter and fisherman, and resides at Patriot Point with his wife, Sherry.