Ed Polite Jr
With a bachelor’s in accounting from Virginia Tech University, George Abie Williams of Radford, VA, has over 35 years of experience as a wealth manager. In addition to serving the community as a real estate developer, George Abie Williams acts as board president of the Radford University Athletic Foundation.
One of Radford University’s 15 varsity sports programs, the men’s basketball team recently played its eighth game of the 2017-18 season and dropped a 95-68 decision to Virginia Tech to bring its win-loss total to 4-4 on the season. While it was a disappointing result, it was a memorable night for one player in particular. Ed Polite Jr., a forward in his third year with the team, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots to become only the fifth player in school history to accumulate 500 rebounds and 100 blocks. He also added three steals and scored a team-high 15 points.
A native of Lanham, Maryland, Polite Jr. joined Radford for the 2015-16 season and averaged 8.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 0.8 assists per game as a freshman. His numbers improved in three of those four categories as a sophomore and, through the first quarter of the 2017-18 season, he has averaged a career-high 12.3 points per game. He now has 592 rebounds. The school record is held by David Smith, who registered 739 rebounds from 1981 to 1985.
Radford Women’s Volleyball
Leveraging over 35 years of experience in the financial sector, George Abie Williams serves as senior vice president of investments for Radford, VA’s Stifel Nicolaus. A passionate supporter of local schools and an avid sports fan, George Abie Williams serves as board president of the Radford (VA) University Athletic Foundation, which helps raise money for the school’s varsity teams.
The Radford Highlanders women’s volleyball team earned its fourth trip to the year-end NCAA tournament with a four-set victory over High Point in the 2017 Big South Championship. Radford entered the Conference Championship with an overall win-loss record of 25-4, including a 13-3 mark against Big South teams; High Point, meanwhile, went 16-0 against teams within the conference.
The Highlanders won the first two sets of the match by respective scores of 25-23 and 25-18 and had an opportunity to close out the match in straight sets, but High Point battled back to win the third set 26-24. The two teams were deadlocked in the fourth set until Radford recorded four consecutive points to take a 17-13 lead. The team went on to win the set 25-17, with the deciding point coming from a block by Stephanie Neast and Amaya Rousseau. Haley Kleespies, Maddie Palmer, and Valerie Gonzalez earned recognition for their stellar play as members of the 2017 Big South All-Tournament Team, while Palmer was named MVP.
Radford High School Foundation
The Senior Vice President Investments at Stifel Nicolaus in Radford, VA, financial advisor George Abie Williams has spent many years giving back to his community through charitable work. Among other activities, he chairs the board of the Radford High School Foundation, which supports fundraising and construction efforts at the high school and in the community. On August 25, 2017, the school inducted George Abie Williams into its Hall of Fame as an athlete and contributor.
Beyond funding new construction, the Radford High School Foundation provides several scholarships to graduates of the school. These
scholarships have diverse requirements. Some, such as the Brian T. Hannifan Memorial Scholarship, go to students who have demonstrated humanitarianism and kindness during their time at the high school. Others, like the Roy and Mayme Epperly Scholarship, are general-purpose scholarships that have no requirements beyond gaining admittance to an accredited college and demonstrating a need for financial aid.
The Foundation gives out approximately $25,000 per year in scholarships. Recipients have attended a wide range of schools, including Virginia Tech, Radford University, and Roanoke College.
Radford High School Foundation,Inc
George Abie Williams is Senior Vice President Investments at the Radford, VA office of Stifel, a global investment banking and brokerage firm. Abie is an accomplished professional who has been named one of the top 50 wealth advisors in Virginia by Virginia Business Magazine. George Abie Williams spends his time outside of work contributing to local organizations and charities to better the community, such as the Radford High School Foundation,Inc..
The Radford High School Foundation, of which Mr. Williams is Chairman, is a non-profit charity designed to assist and enhance the already successful school system in Radford, VA. Originally established in 1986, the foundation supports both academic and athletic efforts in the four separate schools in Radford, and has contributed over half a million dollars in its mission to date.
One of the ways in which the foundation assists the students and teachers in the area is through its ongoing projects. The non-profit often has multiple, large-scale projects going on simultaneously for the betterment of the school system. One such project is the building of the Radford Municipal Field. A former landfill site, the Radford High School Foundation is working to transform the area into a fully-equipped baseball field for the use of the schools and recreational clubs in Radford.
Radford Athletics Club
With a career spanning several decades, George Abie Williams serves as senior vice president investments at the wealth management firm Stifel Nicolaus. George Abie Williams gives back to his community in numerous ways, including by serving on the board of the Radford University Foundation Athletic Club.
As a supporter of Highlander Athletics, the Radford Athletics Club is the fundraising arm of the Radford University’s athletics department. A current project successfully supported by the club and completed by Radford University officialsis was a total rebuild of the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms. The facility, which is located in the university’s Dedmon Center, will serve as a centerpiece for recruiting future athletes, boasting new lockers and benches, a more modern design, and student-athlete lounges.
The entire project had an estimated cost $150,000, including the athlete locker rooms and lounges, team meeting areas, and additional locker rooms for coaches. The project is primarily supported by donations to the Radford Basketball Capital Projects Fund.
A financial advisor with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, George “Abie” Williams has served as Senior Vice President Investments at Stifel Nicolaus since 2010. A graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a bachelor of science in accounting, George “Abie” Williams is also the chairman and a charter member of the nonprofit organization Radford High School Foundation.
Established in 1986, the Radford High School Foundation has overseen a number of projects throughout its history. In 1999, it guided the funding and construction of the high school’s $1.2 million James P. King Center. It also funded the 2005 construction of the Radford municipal baseball field, one of the best high school fields in Virginia. The foundation awarded over $14,000 in classroom grants to teachers across the city’s four schools in the fall 2014 period, and approximately $20,000 in spring 2014 student scholarships, bringing its total amount contributed in classroom grants and student scholarships to more than $400,000.
George A. “Abie” Williams, Jr., Chairman of the Radford High School Foundation, Inc. announced the foundation has renewed a lease agreement with the City of Radford for the Municipal Baseball Field. The foundation originally leased a vacant 5.8 acre site from the city near the Radford Recreation Center in July 2004 for the purpose of constructing a new baseball facility on a former landfill site. The RHS Foundation completed phase I of the $600,000 project in time for the inaugural 2007 spring season. The field is designed to major league dimensions, complete with dugouts, restrooms, spectator seating platform, and field irrigation system, and digital scoreboard. The facility is considered to be one of the finest high school fields in the state.
The facility serves as the home field for the Radford High School Bobcat Varsity and JV teams, as well as local youth league teams. Radford Municipal Baseball Field has been host to college club baseball, serving Radford University, Virginia Tech and New River Community College. In addition, the field has been chosen to host showcase tournaments, attracting teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and many more. The Radford Municipal Baseball Field has been a great asset in helping to bring tourism funds to the Radford and the New River Valley for weekend showcase events. Hotels, restaurants and retail businesses are the beneficiaries of the travel dollars spent by visiting teams and families who patronize local establishments.
During the current lease term thru December 2015, The Radford High School Foundation, under Williams leadership, plans to continue raising funds for the installation of a $225,000 lighting system for the Municipal Baseball Field.