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 43rd 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 will receive the sport's ultimate honor in November, 2017, as it was announced on June 26th that he will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the sixth member of the Bruins to enter in the Builder's category.
That is 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 is in his 16th season in Boston and his fourth as Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston holdings, a position to which he was named on January 6, 2015. Jacobs 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 Companies' 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 Delaware North Boston is the Hub on Causeway, a mixed-use development that will sit directly on the site of the former Boston Garden. The project commenced in January of 2016 and will be carried out in three separate phases. The first phase will be complete in late 2018 and will include a Star Market grocery store, a 15-screen Arc Light Cinema, a Live Nation entertainment space, creative office space a restaurant/bar concept, and a new grand entrance to North Station/TD Garden.
Jacobs and Delaware North have recently been focused on expanding the company's commitments in and around the city of Boston. Last winter, in conjunction with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the city, Delaware North operated the first-ever Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza. The village was highlighted by a custom skating path and a European-inspired holiday shopping market. During the other three seasons of the year, Delaware North will be adding new programming elements to complement existing activities on the plaza, with the goal of making the space a year-round destination for residents and visitors.
It was under Jacobs' 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 serves as the Founder and Chairman 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 and their families throughout New England. Since its inception in 2003, the Boston Bruins Foundation has contributed over $28 million to New England charitable organizations, including over $2.2 million in the last year alone.
Foundation highlights from the past year included a $130,000 donation to the 100 Club of Massachusetts, a $40,000 donation to Project Green Schools, a $42,000 donation to Operation Hat Trick, and most notably, a $350,000 donation to Boston Children's Hospital as a result of the 2017 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.