Farner was speaking at a media event ahead of next months PGA Tour event, the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. Its an event Gilbert has been instrumental in bringing to the city, after years of lobbying.
Video: As Dan Gilbert recovers from a stroke, his impact on Cleveland and Detroit cannot be understated
Farner said Gilbert started feeling poorly Saturday and decided to go to the hospital, Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.
While at the hospital, Gilbert had a stroke, Quicken Loans officials said. Because medical assistance was immediately available, he was able to undergo a procedure “to alleviate the symptoms,” said Farner, adding, “hes resting and recovering.”
At 57 years old, Gilbert has conquered much of the business world in his ventures to revitalize Detroit. On Tuesday, many paid the entrepreneur a thank you and hoped for a speedy recovery after learning he had suffered a stroke.
Video: As Dan Gilbert recovers from stroke his impact on Cleveland cannot be understated
Farner said he visited with Gilbert, 57, at the hospital Monday, and said he assured Gilbert the day-to-day operations of his legion of companies would carry on seamlessly.
Following hospitalization for stroke, people in Detroit wish Dan Gilbert a speedy recovery
Gilbert was scheduled to attend the Mackinac Policy Conference and speak Wednesday, but was replaced on the speaking list by Quicken Loans Vice Chairman Bill Emerson. Its too early to say if Gilbert will be well enough to participate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic events, during the week of June 25-30.
“He has a great passion for this event, and in particular what it means for the City of Detroit,” Farner said. “I know that hell be excited to watch it all take place in the next few weeks.
“Right now, were just taking things day by day. Ive expressed to the entire team at Quicken Loans that our mission is to just give him the time and space he needs to recover, and recuperate, and do those sorts of things.”
Gilberts Quicken Loans sponsored a PGA Tour event in suburban Washington, D.C., starting five years ago — with the understanding to the PGA Tour that hed eventually like to move the tournament to Detroit, when the schedule allowed.
The tournament is the first for the PGA in the city limits of Detroit, and the first PGA Tour event in Michigan since 2009.
The field consists of some of the top golfers in the world, including Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson. All continue to speculate on whether Tiger Woods, whose foundation was the primary charitable beneficiary from the tournament in D.C., will play in Detroit. He is close to Gilbert, by most accounts, given Gilberts five-year sponsorship of The National.
As Dan Gilbert recovers from a stroke, his impact on Cleveland and Detroit cannot be overstated
“The outpouring of support, notes, messages, texts, its been from all over the region, all over the city, really all over the country and the world,” Farner said of the well-wishes for Gilbert, who also owns the NBAs Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert awake after stroke, Quicken Loans CEO says
“Dan and his family really appreciate (it). We have a great team at the family of companies, and I know well do him proud as hes resting.”
Gilbert was admitted into a Detroit-area hospital on Sunday morning after feeling ill. He then suffered a stroke at the hospital and was moved to the ICU for recovery.
Michigan ranks 37th in the nation for the number of people who reported having a stroke, according to federal numbers.
Stroke is at the top of mind for many Michiganders after Quicken Loans founder and Detroit developer Dan Gilbert suffered a stroke this weekend and remains hospitalized.
There has been little information released about Gilberts health crisis, but the billionaire businessman who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball club was awake, responsive and resting comfortably on Tuesday, according to a statement by Jay Farner, CEO of Quicken Loans.