Jeremy M. Jacobs
is Chairman & CEO of Delaware North, one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service companies. Delaware North is one of the largest and most admired privately held companies in the United States with more than $3 billion in annual revenue and 60,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The company’s operations include global sports stadia and arenas, worldwide airports, destination resorts, national and state parks and gaming and entertainment venues with locations ranging from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Yosemite National Park to London’s Wembley Stadium and the Australian Open. In 2014 Delaware North also acquired a majority interest in Patina Restaurant Group, a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant and catering industry.
In addition to his leadership of Delaware North Companies, Mr. Jacobs has owned the Boston Bruins for more than 35 years, and is one of the most respected sports business leaders in the world. In 2011, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup Championship, and in 2012 the team was named Sports Team of the Year. His role in growing hockey into one of the most successful leagues has spanned more than three decades. He has served in key leadership roles over this time and has been an important leader and advocate for the sport on such key issues as the new CBA, rule changes and improvements for the fans. As owner of the Boston Bruins, Mr. Jacobs represents the club on the NHL's Board of Governors, serves on its Executive Committee and in June, 2007, he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors. Mr. Jacobs is an avid sportsman and his ownership of the Bruins continues a family tradition at the helm of a sports franchise. Mr. Jacobs owned the Cincinnati Royals basketball team in the 1960s and his family owned both minor league baseball and hockey teams. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Among his numerous professional appointments, Mr. Jacobs has served on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. He is the only member who has been reappointed through both Republican and Democratic presidencies. His travel and tourism holdings are immense and include airport hospitality, hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada and Australia, including some of the top in the world as rated by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast. In addition, Delaware North operates national park lodging and visitor services, regional gaming destinations and attractions such as TD Garden in Boston, which it owns and operates, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where in 2013 it opened a $100 million display of the Atlantis Space Shuttle.
A well-known philanthropist, Mr. Jacobs has dedicated his leadership and service to his communities, giving generously of his time and resources to positively influence the world around him. A few years ago, Forbes magazine listed him as one of the more active philanthropists in their annual list. Among his many supported causes are numerous sports related charities tied to the Boston Bruins Foundation. In addition, he is an active supporter of other NHL and other major league charitable endeavors. In addition, he is an active supporter of the Univeristy at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is a benefactor of the University and has served as chairman, trustee and director of the UB Foundation, chairman of the President's Board of Visitors, and advisor to the School of Management in addition to serving as chairman of the University at Buffalo Council since 1998. Mr. Jacobs, along with his wife Margaret, most recently donated a record $10 million gift to the University at Buffalo to establish the Jacobs Institute to support world-class excellence in heart and vascular care, research and teaching. This gift makes the Jacobs’ family the university’s most generous donor, with gifts totaling more than $18 million. Over the years, the Jacobs family has provided scholarships to female student athletes and undergraduate honors scholars, and enabled UB to fund special needs and opportunities as they arise. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Jacobs gave more than $1 million to help fund two academic chairs and support the School of Management's MBA program in China. The School's building on UB's North Campus bears the Jacobs family name, in honor of his longstanding generosity. From his work with the United Way to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and countless other organizations including the Yosemite Fund, he has donated millions of dollars back to the communities where the company operates.
He is an alumnus of UB’s School of Management and the Harvard School of Business Advanced Management Program, he holds honorary doctorates from the University at Buffalo, Canisius College and Johnson and Wales University. He and his wife Margaret have six children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.