Jeremy M. Jacobs
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy M. Jacobs is Chairman & CEO of Delaware North Companies, one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service companies.
Boston Bruins: In addition to his leadership of Delaware North Companies, Mr. Jacobs has owned the Boston Bruins for more than thirty 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.
National Hockey League: Over the past three decades, Mr. Jacobs has played a major role in growing the NHL into one of the world's most successful professional sports leagues. 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 Collective Bargaining Agreement, 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 and serves on its Executive Committee. In June, 2007, he was elected as Chairman of the NHL 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.
Philanthropy: 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. Forbes magazine recently listed him as one of the most active philanthropists in the magazine's annual philanthropy list.
University at Buffalo: In addition, Mr. Jacobs is an active supporter of the State University of New York at Buffalo. 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.
Education and Family: He is an alumnus of University of Buffalo’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.
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