Jacobs Jr. Highlights 2010 International Business Distinguished Speaker Series


BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 6, 2010) – The International Business Distinguished Speaker Series returns in 2010 to highlight one of the region’s most respected business leaders.  Jerry Jacobs Jr., a Principal of Delaware North Companies, one of the most admired, family-owned hospitality companies in the world, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s event on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at 7:30 a.m.  Jacobs will highlight the international growth of Delaware North Companies, and what opportunities are ahead for the 95-year-old company.  The event is complimentary, although advance registration through the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara website at www.wtcbn.com is required.

Delaware North Companies is comprised of several operating companies that include global 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.  Delaware North started in 1915 as a concession operator to theatres in Buffalo and sports venues in Buffalo and Syracuse and has grown into multi-billion dollar global company.

“Delaware North Companies has continued a legacy of great leadership under the Jacobs banner, and it continues with Jerry Jr., Lou and Charlie,” says Chris Johnston, President of World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara.

Jacobs joined the family company in 1989 and became Chairman of Sportservice, Delaware North Companies’ oldest subsidiary, in 1995.  In 2001, Jacobs was named among the most influential in sports by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40.

The International Business Distinguished Speaker Series is designed to allow executives from international companies in Western New York to explain how and why their companies decided to pursue international business opportunities.  Over 350 business leaders attended last year’s event, highlighted by Rich Products President and CEO William G. Gisel.  The series is presented by World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN), HSBC Bank, and University at Buffalo School of Management’s HSBC Center for Global Business Leadership.  


About World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara: World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) is an international business development organization committed to helping companies trade by providing consulting services, education and training, and worldwide membership affiliation.  WTCBN is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the World Trade Centers Association and uses its distinct consulting capabilities to strengthen the competitive international position of companies in Western New York, the Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes, and Niagara, Ontario. Visit www.wtcbn.com for more information.

About UB School of Management: The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of our faculty, students and alumni. The Wall Street Journal has ranked the UB School of Management as one of the nation’s top business schools, and Forbes has cited it as one of the best business schools in the U.S. for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates. In addition, the school’s part-time MBA program and its undergraduate business program have earned recognition in BusinessWeek. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit mgt.buffalo.edu.

About HSBC Bank USA, N.A.: HSBC Bank USA, National Association operates more than 475 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 370 in New York state as well as branches in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, California, Delaware, Illinois, Oregon and Washington State.  HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., one of the ten largest banking holding companies in the United States. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a member of the FDIC.

HSBC Bank USA, N.A., with total assets of $171 billion as of 31 December 2009, offers its 3.8 million plus customers a full range of banking products and services to individuals, including high net worth individuals, small businesses, corporations, institutions and governments through its personal financial services, commercial banking, private banking and global banking and markets segments.

About Delaware North Companies:  Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.



Glen White
Director, Corporate Communications
Corporate, Gaming, Parks and Resorts
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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