Position: Chief Executive Officer, Alternative Governor, Boston Bruins
Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr. (Jerry) M. Jacobs Jr. is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North, a family-owned, global leader in hospitality. Delaware North has annual revenue exceeding $3 billion and more than 55,000 employees, and it serves half a billion customers annually on four continents.
As Co-CEO, Jerry provides stewardship to the more than 100-year-old Delaware North and its seven operating subsidiaries, which include global industry leaders in food and retail operations at airports and sports venues, sports facility ownership and management, operations of parks and major tourist attractions, hotel ownership and management, gaming operations, and fine dining and catering. Jerry additionally serves as an alternate governor for the six-time Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.
Delaware North supports non-profit institutions throughout the world, including in Buffalo, N.Y. where the company maintains its headquarters. Notably, Delaware North has committed more than $50 million to the University at Buffalo, the largest institution in the State University of New York system. The university’s medical school is named for the Jacobs family, in recognition of their many years of support.
Jerry serves on the Scholarship Board for Say Yes Buffalo, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing high school and postsecondary completion rates for students in the City of Buffalo. He completed his second term as a member of Georgetown University’s Board of Regents in the spring of 2019 and volunteers as an alumnus interviewer. He has additionally dedicated more than two decades of volunteer service to the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, including past chairmanships of the organization’s board of directors and annual fundraising campaign.
Jerry is active in numerous industry organizations, including the U.S. Travel CEO Roundtable and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. He completed a term on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and in 2018 he was named to the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee.
Jerry has a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University. He met his wife, Alice Jacobs, when they were both students at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree. Alice is the chair emerita of the Western New York Women’s Foundation, president of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Board of Directors, and a member of the board of directors for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
The Jacobses reside in East Aurora, New York. They have two children, Melissa and Jeremy III.