Jeremy M. Jacobs
Mr. Jeremy M. Jacobs is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service and one of the largest privately held companies in North America. In addition to his leadership of Delaware North Companies, Mr. Jacobs owns the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins. He currently serves as Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors.
Mr. Jacobs has served the Western New York region for more than four decades with his business expertise and philanthropic leadership. A longtime friend and supporter of the University at Buffalo, Mr. Jacobs has previously served as chairman, trustee, and director of the UB Foundation, chairman of the President's Board of Visitors, and advisor to the School of Management. He has been a member of the UB Council since 1997 and was appointed Chairman by Governor George Pataki in November 1998.
Benefactors of the University at Buffalo over the years, Mr. Jacobs and his family have long invested in higher education, providing significant financial support for a number of UB’s most important academic initiatives. Their most recent $10 million gift is the largest single gift ever to UB and makes the Jacobs family the university’s most generous donor, with gifts totaling $18.4 million. The gift is made as a challenge to the private sector to support the vision for a world-class medical community in Western New York.
The Jacobs family has funded scholarships for exceptional undergraduates in the UB Honors College, provided financial aid to female student-athletes and created flexible funds for innovation and special needs. In the mid-1980s, Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs gave more than $1 million to help fund two academic chairs and support a UB School of Management MBA program in China, the first academic partnership between an American university and that evolving nation. A School of Management building on UB’s North Campus bears the Jacobs name, in honor of the family’s long-standing generosity.
In 2000, Mr. Jacobs donated the architectural landmark Butler Mansion to UB for use as a continuing education and training facility. Renamed by the university as The Jacobs Executive Development Center, the building is used extensively for business education and has become an important regional presence for the university.
Mr. Jacobs has provided distinguished service and leadership to the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, which has designated him a member of its Million Dollar Roundtable of donors. Under his leadership, Delaware North has received countless awards for social responsibility, community service, and environmental stewardship; the company and the Jacobs family have donated millions of dollars back to the communities where the company operates.
In 2010, Mr. Jacobs was reappointed to the prestigious Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, based on his strong support of the travel and tourism industry. He is also a member of the Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sports industry.
An alumnus of UB's School of Management and the Harvard School of Business Advanced Management Program, he holds honorary doctorates from the University at Buffalo and Canisius College.
He and his wife Margaret reside in East Aurora, New York. They have six children, eighteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.