Principal, Delaware North Companies
Lou Jacobs is a principal of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service. With $2.7 billion in annual revenue and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Delaware North is one of the largest privately held companies in the world.
Jacobs is an accomplished equestrian who has achieved national and international acclaim. He has competed in horse sports for more than 34 years. As a representative of the United States Equestrian Team, Jacobs has participated in numerous high-profile events, including two World Cup Finals. He is a member of the National Horse Show’s board of directors, where he holds the post of chairman of the finance committee. He also is vice chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Board of Directors, and a member of the amateur and audit committees of the United States Hunter Jumper Association. Jacobs was named one of the young leaders in the sports industry by SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40.
An active member of the community, Jacobs is a director of The Martin House Restoration Corporation. He is also a member of the Roswell Park Alliance Board of Directors. In addition, he is an alternate governor for the Boston Bruins National Hockey League franchise.
Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1986 and his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University School of Business in 1991. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y., and Wellington, Fla., with his wife, daughter and son.
It was at this time that he began developing his deep knowledge of and experience with Delaware North’s pari-mutuel and global operations.