Jeremy M. Jacobs
Owner & Governor, Boston Bruins
Chairman, NHL Board of Governors
Mr. Jacobs is in his 41st 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. He is determined to repeat that experience and has given his hockey leadership group all of the resources necessary to reach that goal.
He has served as Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors since 2007 and serves on its Executive Committee. He is frequently cited as one of the most influential people in sports business and he has been named as a recipient of the NHL's 2015 Lester Patrick Trophy for "outstanding service to hockey in the United States".
An avid sportsman, his ownership of the Bruins continues a family tradition at the helm of a sports franchise—including ownership of minor league baseball and hockey teams. He was inducted into the Western New York Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
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 three continents.
The company's operations include global sports stadia and arenas, worldwide airports, destination resorts, national and state parks and gaming and entertainment venues. The company's locations range from Kennedy Space Center and Yosemite National Park to London's Wembley Stadium and the Australian Open.
A leading advocate for tourism in the United States, Mr. Jacobs served for several terms on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and the White House.
Mr. Jacobs is extensively involved in numerous charitable efforts. He was awarded the St. Jude Award for Inspiration in Sports at the 2013 Global Sports Summit.
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 and Johnson and Wales University.