Jerry Jacobs Jr. is a principal of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service. Jacobs shares responsibility for the Office of the Chairman for Delaware North. With more than $2 billion in annual revenue and 55,000 employees serving half a billion customers, it is one of the largest privately held companies in the world. Its global portfolio of operations includes sports, travel, hospitality and entertainment destinations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
As a principal of the company, Jacobs provides stewardship to the nearly 100-year-old flagship Delaware North and its six operating companies, which include industry leaders in food and retail operations at airports and professional sports venues, sports facility ownership and management, operations of parks and major tourist attractions, hotel ownership and management, and gaming operations both in North America and around the globe. In his position, he is responsible for providing long-term strategic direction; determining mergers-and-acquisition candidates; positioning the company in emerging markets and working with financial institutions on overall business strategy.
Jacobs joined the company in 1989 as vice president of development after receiving his master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jacobs took over the reins of Delaware North Companies Sportservice in 1995 as chairman, representing the third generation of the Jacobs family to head the flagship subsidiary. Under his leadership, Delaware North Companies Sportservice successfully grew its business to include contracts with some of the world’s most high-profile sports clients and venues, including the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Bears, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and London’s Wembley Stadium. As chairman, Jacobs also successfully developed and launched name-brand initiatives in retail and fine dining, including Fan Zone® and Well Bread Restaurant Services Group.
In 2001, Jacobs was named among the most influential in sports by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40. In addition to his senior management post with Delaware North Companies, Jacobs serves as an alternate governor for the Boston Bruins.
Before joining the company, Jacobs was a financial analyst with the Money Market Group at Paine-Webber, Inc., in New York City. He received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1985 and remains an active alumnus interviewer. In addition, Jacobs served on the Georgetown College of Arts & Sciences advisory board from 1995 until 2000.
Jacobs is very active with a wide variety of civic and philanthropic organizations both in his hometown and on a global scale. His visionary leadership and philanthropy have been recognized by numerous organizations and associations. Jacobs and his family reside in Buffalo, N.Y.