The Boston Bruins organization, one of the original six teams of the National Hockey League, is known equally well for an unrelenting style of play that has led it to six Stanley Cup® championships. Over the 30-plus years that Delaware North Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Jacobs has owned the legendary team, it has showcased some of the best talent the sport of hockey has ever seen.
Jeremy M. Jacobs is the owner of the Boston Bruins and Chairman of Delaware North, one of the world's leading hospitality and food service companies.
Mr. Jacobs is in his 42nd year of ownership of the Boston Bruins and is one of the most respected sports business leaders in the world. The team was honored by the Sports Business Journal in 2012 with their prestigious Sports Team of the Year award.
What he termed his "greatest accomplishment" came when he went on the ice in Vancouver on June 15, 2011 to join in the celebrations as his Bruins won the Stanley Cup and fulfilled his dream of bringing an NHL championship to the city of Boston.
Mr. Jacobs has held numerous leadership roles in the NHL and in 2007 his peers unanimously elected him to be Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors, a role that he holds today.
For his contributions to hockey and the wider world of sports, Mr. Jacobs was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, awarded the Hockey Legacy Award from the Sports Museum in Boston in 2012, inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, awarded the prestigious Lester Patrick Trophy from USA Hockey in 2015, named to the Sports Business Journal Champions: Pioneers in Sports Innovation & Business class of 2016, and was inducted into the 2016 class of the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame.
He has been at the helm of Delaware North for more than forty years, leading it to its ranking as one of the largest and most admired privately held companies in North America with $3 billion in revenue and 60,000 associates serving half a billion customers on four continents.
Delaware North's operating subsidiaries include industry leaders in food and retail operations at airports and sports venues, ownership of the TD Garden, operations of parks and major tourist attractions, hotel ownership and management, gaming operations, and premium dining and catering services at some of the world's most iconic tourist destinations.
In 2015, Delaware North commissioned "The Future of Sports", an interactive publication comprised of input from leading futurists, tech professionals and sports industry experts to project the next twenty-five years of the sports industry. The provocative report has gained widespread media attention, and has been studied by other professional and amateur sports teams.
Mr. Jacobs is extensively involved in numerous charitable efforts. In 2003 the Jacobs family founded the Boston Bruins Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $24.5 million dollars.
Mr. Jacobs is a passionate philanthropist of public higher education and has served in numerous volunteer positions with the State University of New York at Buffalo. His family has made $50 million in donations to the institution and, in recognition of their continued support, the university named their medical school the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
An alumnus of the 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, Johnson and Wales University and Niagara University.
Charlie Jacobs is in his 15th season in Boston and his third as Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston holdings, a position to which he was named on January 6, 2015.
A member of the senior leadership team for all of Delaware North Companies' global operations, he guides the strategic efforts for the family and company holdings in Boston, which includes the Boston Bruins, TD Garden, Delaware North's strategic real estate interests and the company's ownership share in New England Sports Network.
The next major project for Delaware North Boston is the Hub on Causeway, a mixed-use development of the former Boston Garden site, which commenced last year. It is a multi-year undertaking which will offer the area additional restaurant, entertainment and retail opportunities while transforming the TD Garden facade into a welcoming entrance for fans of all events.
Outside of TD Garden and the Boston Bruins, Jacobs is focused on expanding the company's commitments in and around the city of Boston. In March of 2016, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the Boston Garden Development Corporation was selected as the vendor who will work with the City of Boston to enhance City Hall Plaza.
It was under his leadership that the team's current management group has been assembled and it was a tribute to his stewardship when the Bruins were named as the Sports Business Journal's 2012 Sports Team of the Year based on the criteria of "excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes".
Jacobs also serves the Bruins as Alternate Governor on the NHL's Board of Governors, a position he has held since 2000.
Jacobs was instrumental in the creation of the Boston Bruins Foundation, whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children in the community, and he serves as Chairman of the Foundation. Since its inception in 2003, the Boston Bruins Foundation has raised over 24.5 million dollars, including over 2.3 million to over 100 New England charitable organizations in the last year alone.
Foundation highlights from the past year included a $300,000 donation to the Denna Laing Fund in support of Denna Laing, a Boston Pride forward who sustained a significant spinal injury during the Outdoor Women's Classic at Gillette Stadium in December, 2016, and a $45,000 donation to the FRAXA Research Foundation as the culmination of a two-year, $90,000 grant. The Foundation has also donated $450,000 to Boston Children's Hospital as a result of the 2016 Corey C. Griffin NHL Alumni Pro-Am.
An avid sports fan, Jacobs is an accomplished equestrian and has served on the United States Equestrian Team. The graduate of Boston College also enjoys show-jumping and playing hockey in his spare time.
Jacobs and his wife Kim have three children.