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George Abie Williams has been an active contributor to the community in Radford, Virginia, for more than three decades. He was born in Radford, but attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg for his Bachelor’s degree in accounting. After returning to the area as a financial advisor with Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc., in 1981, Williams quickly established a positive rapport through his intimate involvement with the community. In 1986, Williams served as a charter member and Chairman of the Radford High School Foundation, a non profit 501 (c) 3 organization that provides funding to enhance the city's already successful school system. Still presiding as Chairman, George Abie Williams has helped raise more than a million dollars for projects and spearheaded construction of both the James P. King Center at Radford High School and the Radford Municipal Baseball Field. Thru spring 2014, the foundation has awarded $435,000 to the Radford City Schools in the form of scholarships and classroom grants to teachers.
Aside from his work with the Radford High School Foundation, George Abie Williams serves as an ordained deacon and Sunday School Teacher at the Calvary Baptist Church in Radford. A three-sport athlete in high school, Williams coached several youth leagues in the region and formerly served as the President of the Radford University Athletic Association. With his strong ties to the local business community, Williams also contributed as the Chairman of the Radford Industrial Development Authority for 16 years, and the President of the Radford Host Lions Club.
At Legg Mason, Williams served as Branch Manager and Senior Vice President. When the firm was acquired by Citi Smith Barney in late 2005, George Abie Williams stayed with the new incarnation of the company until it merged again in 2009, becoming Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Williams earned numerous awards and accolades during his time with the firm, including being named to the President’s, Director’s, and Chairman’s Councils. In 2001, Registered Rep. magazine named him one of the ten 10 outstanding brokers in the country. Furthermore, Williams garnered a spot in Virginia Business magazine’s Top 50 Wealth Advisors two years in a row, in 2007 and 2008.
In 2010, George Abie Williams joined Stifel Nicolaus in Radford, Virginia as a Branch Manager and Senior Vice President Investments. In this position, Williams continues to provide personalized investment advice to a broad range of clients.