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 45th 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, 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 that 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 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 $28 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 serves as Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings. Jacobs, who is entering his 19th season in Boston, also serves the Bruins as Alternate Governor on the NHL's Board of Governors, a position he has held since 2000.
A member of the senior leadership team for all of Delaware North's global operations, he guides the strategic efforts for the family and company holdings in Boston, which includes the Boston Bruins, TD Garden, various strategic real estate interests and the company's ownership share in New England Sports Network.
A major project currently underway for Jacobs and Delaware North in Boston is the Hub on Causeway, a transformational project that sits directly on the site of the former Boston Garden. The Hub on Causeway includes 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use retail, office, hotel and residential space. The project connects directly to TD Garden through a new 10,000 square foot grand entrance and it sits atop North Station, a busy transit hub that moves 50,000 commuters through the city every day.
Coinciding with the Hub on Causeway is a massive expansion of TD Garden, which fans will begin to experience throughout the 2019-20 season. The $100 million private investment by the Jacobs family will provide a combined 50,000 square feet of additional space on all levels of the building. The legendary transformation of the 24-year-old arena includes new premium spaces, upgraded concession offerings and a wide variety of fan amenities that will vastly improve the event goer experience.
Outside of TD Garden, Jacobs and Delaware North continue to expand the company's commitments in and around the city of Boston. Over the past three years, in conjunction with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and the city, Delaware North has operated Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza, which has revitalized the existing plaza through various programming and events.
Outside of City Hall Plaza, Delaware North's Travel subsidiary operates a mix of twelve new restaurant and retail offerings at Boston Logan Airport. Most recently, Delaware North's Patina Restaurant Group began operating the restaurant and special events division at the world-renowned New England Aquarium in downtown Boston.
It was under Jacobs' leadership that the Boston Bruins current management group has been assembled and it was a tribute to his stewardship 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 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 $35 million to New England charitable organizations.