James P. King Center
An accomplished financial adviser with more than three decades of experience, George Abie Williams of Radford, VA, has spent the last seven years as branch manager and Senior Vice President Investments at Stifel Nicolaus. Apart from work, George Abie Williams actively supports community organizations such as the Radford High School Foundation (RHSF), which he has served as chairman since its founding in 1986.
Established with the mission of supporting and enhancing the Radford school system, the RHSF has donated more than $500,000 in scholarships and classroom grants to four city schools. The foundation is also responsible for spearheading the fundraising campaign for the James P. King Center, a facility that includes a full-size gymnasium, fitness and strength training equipment, a classroom, and a locker room. The foundation successfully coordinated between the city and the schools to raise more than $1.2 million for the facility, which included a $100,000 donation from Dr. William W. King on behalf of the King family.
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 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.