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.
George A. “Abie” Williams, Jr., a local Radford financial adviser with Stifel, was elected as Chairman of the Radford University Foundation Athletic Board on October 13, 2014. Williams, a long time supporter of the Radford community and the university, will continue to assist the efforts of the administration and athletic department to strengthen all athletic programs at the 9,000 student school. Williams chairs the 14 member board, which includes Radford University President Penelope Kyle and Radford Athletic Director, Robert Lineburg. Going forward, the athletic board will remain focused on funding scholarships and improving all athletic facilities at Radford University. In addition, the foundation athletic board will seek to generate excitement in the school’s RAC (Radford Athletic Club), a fan based organization that follows and enthusiastically supports Radford athletics.
Williams, a 1976 graduate of Virginia Tech is married to Debbie Robertshaw Williams (RU’82). They are the parents of three sons, Abram (RU’12), Alden (RU ’11), and Harrison, a member of the class of 2015 at VMI in Lexington.
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.
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.
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.
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.