Piedmont International University Offers Distance Education

George Abie Williams, a leader in wealth management for Stifel Nicolaus in Radford, Virginia, believes in serving not only his clients but also the community as a whole. For this reason, George Abie Williams is on the board of trustees for Piedmont International University, a Christian institution, in North Carolina.

Piedmont has piloted an educational philosophy that it calls “flipping the classroom.” This means that students receive basic information about subject matter outside the classroom via videotaped lectures and other presentations. During in-person class time, they can debate or discuss the meaning and implications of the content.

Six pilot courses began in spring 2014, using a distance education model. Students participated at the Winston-Salem campus or from Africa or Europe. Leading faculty prepared curriculum material in advance for students to interact with.

One of the pilot courses focused on the Book of Acts. As students studied the passages and prepared questions, they consulted experts who showed them how to use various resources to find meaning in the ancient texts. Students competed in peer-judged contests to see who could create the best lesson plans, speak most effectively, and devise the best examples.


The Radford High School Foundation’s 2012 Cash Grants and Awards

Radford Student Starts Charity Run for Cancer

A member of the Radford University Foundation Athletics Board, George Abie Williams is a financial advisor and has been named as one of the top 50 advisors in Virginia. A father and an avid sports fan, George Abie Williams is a regular contributor to various athletic and charitable organizations in Radford, Virginia.

A Radford University student named Alyce Baker recently started a fundraiser called “Run for Ron,” after finding out that her father had terminal lung cancer. Cancer is currently one of the most commonly diagnosed terminal illnesses in the United States, and the Baker family is just one of many affected by the disease every day.

For Alyce, the fundraiser is an ongoing class project in which more than 60 individuals have already participated. It has not only helped the Baker family through a difficult time, but has also given Ron Baker, a historically private individual, the chance to share with others. “Run for Ron” is a perfect illustration of not only the positive impact a single individual can have, but also of the power of community.

George A. “Abie” Williams on Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Founded in 1890, the institution now known as Stifel, Nicolaus & Company (Stifel Nicolaus) functions as a brokerage and investment banking institution. When the Great Depression hit, the firm, then called Stifel, Nicolaus Investment Company, survived despite many of its contemporaries failing because of its innovative programs and ability to recognize successful ventures, such as Marland Oil, which eventually became Conoco.

Today, Stifel Nicolaus has branches across 45 states with professionals who understand the nuances of the field. Moreover, its services range from college and retirement planning to bill-pay and cashless stock options. To discover how Stifel Nicolaus can enhance a portfolio, visit www.stifel.com.

About the Author:
Possessing over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, George  A. “Abie” Williams, Jr. Is a financial advisor and holds the title of Senior Vice President Investments for Stifel Nicolaus in Radford, Virginia. In his position, Williams offers wealth management services and advises clients on investments and financial plans. To contact him, call (540) 633-5740 or (877) 892-9468.

A Look at Radford (Virginia) Parks and Recreation, by George Abie Williams

Radford Parks and Recreation provides numerous services to residents of Radford, Virginia. Open seven days a week, it conducts exciting events for all ages throughout the year. Along with renting out picnic shelters and operating a dog park, Radford Parks and Recreation features Relays for Life, photography clubs, and judo clubs.

Youth sports account for some of Radford Parks and Recreation’s most popular programs. Boys and girls aged 5 and up can sign up for basketball, while boys 7 years or older may play football. The group is now offering youth wrestling registration. Other options from Radford Parks and Recreation include baseball, soccer, tee-ball, and softball, and adults can sponsor teams for a fee. Moreover, the organization oversees more than 15 centers throughout the city that contain baseball fields, basketball courts, and batting cages, among other facilities.

About the Author:
Based in Radford, George Abie Williams functions as Senior Vice President Investments for the financial firm of Stifel Nicolaus. During his spare time, he remains active in his community and coaches youth sports through Radford Parks and Recreation. 

Community Welcomes Radford High School Foundation’s Support

Radford, Virginia-based financial advisor George Abie Williams has led multiple civic activities throughout his career. Since the mid-1980s, he has served as the founder and chairman of the Radford High School (RHS) Foundation. Major initiatives George Abie Williams has led include construction of the James P. King Center in 1999 and a state-of-the-art municipal baseball facility in 2005.

In December of 2012, the RHS Foundation announced a gift of nearly $13,500 to Radford City Schools within the Fall Cash Grants and Awards program. The funds were disbursed as part of the “Campaign for Continuing Excellence,” which has been in existence for more than two decades and supports the local high school, two elementary schools and one intermediate school within the community of 15,000. From 1986 to 2012, the Foundation awarded $376,000 in the form of scholarships and grants through dozens of distinct funds. Many of the awards went to Radford City school teachers who submitted innovative ideas for classroom projects. Particularly within the context of a weak overall economy, the $32,623 in grants and scholarships awarded in 2012 provided a much-needed impetus for sustained educational excellence.

The Private, Not-for-Profit Piedmont International University

As a member of the Board of Trustees of Piedmont International University, longtime financial advisor George Abie Williams supports the school’s mission to provide excellent Bible-centered higher education. The institution, founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by Baptist Pastor Dr. Charles H. Stevens, began as Piedmont Bible Institute in 1945. Today, under the guidance of devout leaders such as George Abie Williams, the institution includes Schools of Bible and Theology, Ministry, Arts and Sciences, and Teacher Education.

The private and not-for-profit Piedmont International University maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. The student body represents 33 states, and the school’s online program includes students from 19 countries. On campus students can try out for men’s and women’s National Christian College Athletic Association Division II basketball, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball, and the George M. Manuel Library holds more than 60,000 books. Moving forward, the Christian institution seeks to extend the global reach of its innovative Bible-centered education.