HOLBROOK, N.Y. (April 22, 2019) — American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (AP), a privately-held, independent broker/dealer that provides services and support to financial advisors throughout the country, will serve as Presenting Partner for the World T.E.A.M. (WT) 2019 Face of America – Gettysburg (FOA) bike ride, set to take place on May 3-5, 2019.
WT is a national non-profit organization that brings adaptive and able-bodied athletes together by empowering, enabling and engaging individuals through inclusive athletic programs. 2019 will mark AP’s 12th FOA bike ride, which will cover 112 miles from Washington, D.C., to the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pa., over the course of two days. “We are grateful for AP stepping up as the presenting partner this year,” states WT CEO and President Jon Brideau. “Team American Portfolios has continued to be our leading fundraising team for many years; therefore, we are excited to bring this event to the next level with the support and leadership of Lon Dolber.”
AP CEO and WT Vice Chairman Lon T. Dolber, in his long-standing commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has been involved in WT events since 2007; his participation has evolved over time into firm wide support for the non-profit organization. “The experiences AP has had through its association with WT have been transformative,” he states. “Being able to share that with employees, affiliated colleagues and partners of the firm is extremely satisfying. Time and again, I’ve seen participants come away inspired and personally fulfilled when teammates work together, helping one another—both physically and mentally—to achieve what was never thought possible. AP proudly supports WT’s commitment to create life-changing experiences through these outdoor challenge events in this elevated sponsorship role.”
This year, the 63 members of Team American Portfolios will be among approximately 500 riders, including active and retired military personnel, wounded warriors and adaptive athletes. Of these riders, several hail from the United Kingdom, Canada and Kosovo. The cycling challenge will also include noteworthy participants: Retired U.S. Army Col. Gregory D. Gadson owns the distinction of being the official WT ambassador and honorary chair; Gadson, a motivational speaker and long-time supporter of WT’s mission, was one of AP’s keynote speakers at the firm’s annual national conference, Connections 2018. Professional road bicycle racer Tyler Hamilton, whose 32-member Team Tyler Hamilton Training includes riders from the Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Unit, whose mission is to facilitate community building, resiliency and healing.
Each FOA kicks off with a dinner/ceremony on the Friday evening before the cycling challenge begins. All teams will gather for statements from WT leadership, as well as a speech from Dolber and Team American Portfolios captain and affiliated financial advisor David Rey. During the ceremony, the annual Ricky Prine Exceptional Leadership Award will be presented; this year, the award will be given posthumously to Robert K. Spotswood, Jr., an advocate and mentor for those in the limb loss community, as well as an adaptive athlete who had participated in WT events since 2009.
The following morning, FOA riders will begin part one of their two-day trek from the nation’s capital to the battlefield at Gettysburg. At the close of the program, riders will be met with a new finish line experience at Brown’s Ranch located at Gettysburg National Military Park. During the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, the house on the farm was used as headquarters for Confederate General A.P. Hill, commander of the 3rd corps for General Robert E. Lee’s army. After cycling below the WT archway, FOA riders will be welcomed with a festive FOA finish line party.
- To learn more about the WT 2019 FOA, please visit the event site: https://www.wtsevent.org/faceofamerica/.
- To watch a promotional video for the WT 2019 FOA, which was produced by AP’s Studio 454 media production facility, please click here.
About American Portfolios
Headquartered in Holbrook, N.Y., American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS) is a full-service, independent broker/dealer and member firm of FINRA and SIPC, offering a complete range of financial services, including personal financial and retirement planning, securities trading, mutual funds, access to investment research, long-term care planning, insurance products and tax-free investing. Fee-based asset management is offered through its sister subsidiary, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc., (APA), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Both entities, along with technology entity American Portfolios Advisory Solutions, LLC, collectively reside under the legal entity American Portfolios Holdings, Inc. (APH). Full-service securities brokerage is available through a clearing firm relationship with Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon firm, the securities of which are held on a fully disclosed basis. The company currently serves 833 independent investment professionals located in 386 branch locations throughout the nation. It was named Broker-Dealer of the Year* (Division III) by Investment Advisor magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as one of the top 10 Best Companies to Work for in the state of New York for 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the New York State Society for Human Resources Management (NYS-SHRM) and the Best Companies Group (BCG).
*Based on a poll of registered representatives conducted by Investment Advisor magazine. Broker/dealers rated highest by their representatives are awarded “Broker/Dealer (B/D) of the Year.”
About World T.E.A.M.
World T.E.A.M. brings adaptive and able-bodied athletes together by empowering, enabling and engaging individuals through inclusive athletic programs. For more than a quarter century, our organization has used athletics to challenge men, women and children with disabilities to accomplish goals they never thought possible. In all our programs – whether mountain climbing, biking, white water rafting or many other sports – we include both adaptive and able-bodied participants.