Radford’s Ed Polite Jr. Reaches Impressive Milestone

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Ed Polite Jr
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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 Wins 2017 Big South Championship

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Radford Women’s Volleyball
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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.

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

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. 

Revitalizing the Historic West End District by George Abie Williams

Virginia, one of the first colonized parts of America, has a wealth of history and an architectural tradition that spans centuries. In Radford, Virginia, efforts to restore and revitalize the historic West End district preserve the community’s legacy, while encouraging economic growth.

Officially designated a historic district in 2005, Radford’s West End is home to many historical buildings. While many notable homes are often registered historical sites, the West End Commercial district is primarily designated as the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of West Main, formerly First Street.

Restoration of the commercial properties is currently underway. While preserving the historic integrity of these buildings is a priority, Radford is dedicated to the property serving functional uses and increasing commercial traffic.

About the Author: George Abie Williams is a real-estate developer dedicated to the improvement of Radford, Virginia. Through his role as Chairman of the Radford High School Foundation, he recently assisted in the community fund raising efforts to build the Radford Municipal Baseball Field, considered by many as one of the finest high school facilities in Virginia.