American Free Enterprise Day
American Free Enterprise Day (AFE) is a Palm Beach Atlantic University tradition, dating back to 1984. It is highlighted by a medal ceremony that honors individuals whose hard work and achievement exemplify the best of the American free enterprise system. A medalist of the year is selected and companion medals are awarded to other business leaders as well.
|PBA President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. (left), 2014 AFE Medalist Arthur "Art" Williams, Jr. and 2013 AFE Medalist Tim Gannon enjoy AFE festivities.|
American Free Enterprise Day 2014
The 2014 AFE medal recipient is Arthur L. Williams, Jr., a former high school football coach whose second career transformed the life insurance industry. A resident of Palm Beach and Highlands, N.C., Williams is also known as an author and motivational speaker. The medal ceremony took place Nov. 6, 2014 in the Rubin Arena of the Greene Complex for Sports & Recreation. READ MORE.
The 2014 companion medalists are Fabiola Brumley, Southeast Region executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Greg Quattlebaum, president and community liaison for the Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center; and Peter D. Reed, founding and managing principal of Commercial Florida Realty Services. READ MORE.
American Free Enterprise Statement
Palm Beach Atlantic University confidently affirms the values and institutions that historically have informed American society—religious liberty; traditional Judeo-Christian morality; limited, constitutional government; the Rule of Law; personal and political accountability; and capitalism—the system of free enterprise. We believe that America is truly an exceptional nation, which was founded and has flourished under the guiding providential hand of God. We aim to develop in each of our students an appreciation for the unique American achievement in its many dimensions—social, political, economic, moral, legal, and religious.
These studies help students recognize the various threats to individual freedom, religious liberty, and other traditional American rights and values that have emerged over the past several centuries, as well as contemporary challenges to their preservation.
Cicero remarked of the declining Republic of his era: “Our age . . . inherited the Republic like some beautiful painting of bygone days, its colors already fading through great age; and not only has our time neglected to freshen the colors of the picture, but we have failed to preserve its form and outlines.”
Palm Beach Atlantic University strives to ensure that a similar fate does not befall the noble American experiment in ordered liberty. We regard the transmission of the American cultural heritage to the rising generation as not only a profound joy, but also a profound duty.
Click here to read about our past AFE recipients: Tim Gannon, entrepreneur, restaurateur and champion polo player, 2013; Brian P. Burns, attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist, 2012; H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr., president of Huizenga Holdings, Inc., 2011; Edward M. Kobel, president and chief operating officer of DeBartolo Development, LLC, 2010; John D. MacArthur, insurance and real estate entrepreneur, 2009; John M. Gregory, managing partner of SJ Strategic Investments, LLC, 2008; Karl H. Watson, CEMEX, 2007; Stuart W. Epperson, Salem Communications Corporation, 2004; Sam Moore, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2003; Joseph R. Gregory, Kingsway L.L.C., 2002; Lester J. Woerner, Woerner Holdings, Inc, 2001; and Rich DeVos, 2000, Orlando Magic.