Gordon Smith 2019

Gordon Smith issued a message Thursday evening, thanking those who offered an “outpouring of support,” following news from the NAB that its President and CEO was hospitalized Tuesday night. “Your prayers and kind words have meant the world to me and my family,” Smith said in a message relayed by the NAB. “I am delighted to tell you that after a very extensive MRI last night it was discovered that I did have a blood clot, but thanks to the quick medical intervention I received, an actual stroke was averted.”

Smith, 68, said his prognosis “is extremely positive and there is no permanent damage.”

The NAB released a statement Wednesday evening about Smith’s condition, saying he had been admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke. “He is responding well to treatment, is stable and alert, and is resting comfortably,” the NAB statement said. “His prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Smith agreed in September 2017 to a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the trade group through 2023. A former two-term U.S. Senator from Oregon (1996-2008), he joined the NAB in 2009.

Following is the complete message from Smith:

To my friends,

I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from all of you. Your prayers and kind words have meant the world to me and my family. I am delighted to tell you that after a very extensive MRI last night it was discovered that I did have a blood clot, but thanks to the quick medical intervention I received, an actual stroke was averted. As a result, my prognosis is extremely positive and there is no permanent damage. I am so grateful to Sharon for immediately jumping into action and getting me the medical attention needed in order to have this outcome, for Sue Keenom and Karen Wright for all of their help getting information to my medical team, and to the doctors and nurses who took such great care of me.

I am indeed a man blessed for all the prayers that were said on my behalf and for the love that I have felt. Even though I am not often on social media I have been forwarded the many Tweets and postings that have sent well wishes my way and to say I am humbled is an understatement. I look forward to seeing you all soon – if only on Zoom.

Gratefully,

Gordon