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 Chaiman of Delaware North, one of the world's leading hospitality and food service companies.
Mr. Jacobs is in his 47th 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 the 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 celebration 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 contribution to hockey, he received the sport's ultimate honor in November, 2017, as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the sixth member of the Bruins to enter in the Builder's category.
That was just the latest in a list of honors show the esteem in which he is held in 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 if Delaware North for mose than forty years, leading it to it's ranking as one of the largest and most admired privately held companies en 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 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 operation, 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 leadind 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 numeous 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 $49 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 donation to the institution and in recognition of their continiued 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 of Buffalo, Canisius College, Johnson and Wales University and Niagara University.
Charlie Jacobs serves as Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North, a family-owned, global leader in hospitality. Delaware North has annual revenue of $3.7 billion and more than 55,000 employees, and it serves half a billion customers annually on four continents. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor for the Boston Bruins.
As CEO, Jacobs provides stewardship to the more than 100-year-old Delaware North and its seven operating subsidiaries, which include global industry leaders in food and retail operations at airports and sports venues, sports facility ownership and management, operations of parks and major tourist attractions, hotel ownership and management, gaming operations and fine dining and catering. Jacobs also guides the strategic efforts for Delaware North's holdings in Boston, which include TD Garden, The Hub on Causeway and the company's ownership share in New England Sports Network.
In addition to his role as CEO, he serves as the Founder and Chairman of the Boston Bruins Foundation, whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children and their families throughout New England. Since its inception in 2003, the Boston Bruins Foundation has contributed more than $49 million to New England-based charitable organizations.
In recent years, he has been instrumental in the expansion of the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program, which now reaches over eighty locations across New England with over 5,000 participants. Each child enrolled in the annual program receives a full set of CCM equipment, skates, a professional personalized fitting and four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches.
It was under Jacobs' guidance that the Boston Bruins current management group has been assembled and it was a tribute to his leadership when the Bruins were named the Sport Business Journal's 2012 Sports Team of the Year based on the criteria of "excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes."
Jacobs is active in numerous local organizations, including The Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Boston College Chief Executives Club and The Sports Museum, where he serves on the Board.