- NBR - The National Bureau of Asian Research


NBR’s operations are governed by the Board of Directors, a nationally prominent group of leaders with long-term interests in the Asia-Pacific region. The Counselor is NBR's most senior advisory position, counseling the Board of Directors and President and providing guidance to NBR programs. NBR’s research agenda is developed in consultation with the Board of Advisors, which consists of experts from research centers, universities, and corporations.

Board of Directors Counselors Board of Advisors

Gordon M. Smith

Chief Operating Officer
Exact Staff, Inc.

Gordon M. Smith is COO of Exact Staff, Inc., a staffing company he helped grow from a start-up to a national company employing 20,000 people a year. It has been named an Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three times and received numerous awards including the State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense, and OSHA’s Golden Gate Award. Mr. Smith is also an Executive Officer of the Vetris Capital Fund, a hedge fund that uses a proprietary methodology to generate equity returns with reduced risk by exploiting tracking error in leveraged and futures-based ETFs.

Mr. Smith began his career at a CBS owned and operated television station and was promoted to the head of West Coast financial operations for the CBS Television Network, overseeing $1 billion in expenditures, and serving on the Management Board of CBS/Fox Studios and CBS/MTM Studios. During his tenure he also Executive Produced an independent feature film sold to Sony.

He left CBS to become vice president of IMG, the sports marketing and management company founded by Mark McCormack, where he developed and ran four new business areas including founding the Home Video division. He created hundreds of deals with organizations and individuals such as IBM, CBS, NHK, ESPN, Ford, Delta Airlines, American Express, John Madden, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Martina Navratilova, Dorothy Hamill, Churchill Downs, Wimbledon, Augusta National (The Masters), America’s Cup and USGA (U.S. Open) as well as the animated Raggedy Ann and Andy television series on CBS.

Mr. Smith left IMG to acquire his own company, an entertainment and computer animation business, which he ultimately sold to a Utah investment group. At his company Mr. Smith consummated a 130-espisode television deal that at the time was the largest deal ever done with HBO’s Comedy Central, and garnered two ACE Award nominations.

Subsequently, he became president overseeing acquisitions and business affairs of Goldhil Home Media International, Inc. At Goldhil he was involved in the acquisition, production, and distribution of a broad array of animated, entertainment, family, fitness and special interest programming for the home media market including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Little House On the Prairie.

Mr. Smith recently returned from three years living in Hong Kong where he has business interests including the Asian distribution rights of four major entertainment libraries. In addition to The National Asian Research Bureau, Mr. Smith has been involved with Big Brothers of America, Harvard Business School Community Partners, the Special Olympics and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Smith earned his B.S. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Charles W. Brady Board Room

Board of Directors


Charles W. Brady
Chairman Emeritus
Invesco, Ltd

Chairman Emeritus

George F. Russell, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus
Russell Investments

Vice Chairman and Treasurer

John V. Rindlaub
President, Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo & Company

Vice Chairman

George Davidson
Vice Chairman, Mergers and Acquisitions,

Board of Directors

Thomas W. Albrecht
Sidley Austin LLP

Admiral Dennis C. Blair
U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Lawrence W. Clarkson
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company (Ret.)

Norman D. Dicks
Senior Policy Advisor
Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Richard J. Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Thomas E. Fisher
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, Unocal Corporation (Ret.)

Mark Jones
Managing Director, Head of Wells Fargo Securities Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo Securities Asia Limited
Wells Fargo & Company

Joachim Kempin
Honorary Member of the Board
Senior Vice President, Microsoft Corporation (Ret.)

Clark S. Kinlin
Honorary Member of the Board
President and Chief Executive Officer, Corning Cable Systems
Corning Incorporated

Ryo Kubota
Chairman, President, and CEO
Acucela Inc.

Quentin W. Kuhrau
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Maria Livanos Cattaui
Former Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce

Regina Mayor
Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader of Energy and Natural Resources

Melody Meyer
Melody Meyer Energy LLC

Joseph M. (Joe) Naylor
Vice President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation

C. Michael Petters
President and Chief Executive Officer
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Kenneth B. Pyle
Professor; Founding President
University of Washington; The National Bureau of Asian Research

Jonathan Roberts
Founder & Partner
Ignition Partners

Tom Robertson
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation

Matt Salmon
Vice President of Government Affairs
Arizona State University

Gordon M. Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Exact Staff, Inc.

Scott Stoll
Ernst & Young LLP

David K.Y. Tang
Managing Partner, Asia
K&L Gates LLP


Please visit the page Remembering Herbert J. Ellison (October 3, 1929–October 9, 2012) to learn about longtime former board member Herbert J. Ellison, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, who played an instrumental role in the founding of NBR in 1989.

Please visit the page In Honor of General John M. Shalikashvili (June 27, 1936–July 23, 2011) to learn about longtime former board member John M. Shalikashvili, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Retired).