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 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 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 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.