Jeremy “Jerry” M. Jacobs Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North, a title and role he shares with his brothers, Lou and Charlie. He also serves as an alternate governor to the Boston Bruins. Delaware North is a family-owned, global leader in hospitality and entertainment, with diversified operations in food and retail at airports and sports venues, hospitality services at national and state parks, hotel ownership and management, gaming operations, fine dining and catering, and sports facility ownership and management.
As CEO for Delaware North, Jerry oversees the company and its seven operating subsidiaries, focusing on strategic growth and planning, corporate governance and financial management. Jerry joined Delaware North in 1986 and has served in progressive leadership roles across the enterprise – including time spent as the president of the company’s Sportservice division – before assuming the role of CEO in 2015.
In addition to his executive responsibilities at Delaware North, Jerry has dedicated his career serving in a significant number of philanthropic, civic and business organizations in his hometown of Buffalo, NY and across the country. Jerry serves on the Board of Directors for the Corps Network, a national organization that enables over 20,000 diverse young people and recent veterans to strengthen communities, improve the environment, and transform their lives through service in Corps programs. He serves as the Chair of the Board for Mimivax, a privately held, clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of immunotherapeutic vaccines and targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer. He is an active member of the U.S. Travel Association’s CEO Roundtable and the Partnership for New York City. He was a founding Board member for Say Yes Buffalo, an organization dedicated to increasing high school and postsecondary completion rates for students in the City of Buffalo. Jerry has 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. He is a past member of the Board of Regents at Georgetown University, his alma mater, and past chair of the Nichols School’s Board of Trustees, where he founded the Jacobs Scholars program for high-achieving students with financial need. He also served three terms on the University of Buffalo Foundation Board, including time spent on the Executive Board.
He completed a term on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board in 2015, and in 2018 he was named to the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee.
Jerry holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Georgetown University. Jerry and his wife, Alice, reside in East Aurora, N.Y. They have two children, Melissa and Justin.