will be inducted into SportsBusiness Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2009 next week in Miami. The award recognizes the most talented and accomplished individuals who are responsible for significant achievements and success in the global sports industry. The award is given on the recommendation of a selection committee of the publication’s leading sports business writers, after a review of more than 600 nominations from the leading sports teams, leagues and brands.
"Charlie’s leadership and business acumen have led to some incredible improvements for the Boston Bruins and TD Banknorth Garden
. He has been a force in every major improvement and enhancement that we have completed,” said Jeremy Jacobs
, chairman and CEO of Delaware North Companies
and owner of the Boston Bruins. "Charlie has brought a fresh perspective to the team and is well-respected by the community, the coaches and the players. He consistently looks for ways to bring more entertainment and value to the fans. He loves the sport and the city and is committed to both."
Jacobs is being recognized for the leadership he has given the Boston Bruins in recent years, as well as for the contributions he is making in the world of hockey. He also has been active in the leadership of Delaware North Companies, one of the most admired, privately held hospitality companies in the world. In addition to business lines that focus on gaming, hotel ownership and operation, sports concessions and travel hospitality, Delaware North owns and operates the widely acclaimed TD Banknorth Garden, the home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics.
Jacobs has been credited with numerous enhancements, from the front office to the fan experience. SportsBusiness Journal commended Jacobs on bringing change to the team. "In the wake of former Bruins President Harry Sinden’s last season in 2006, Jacobs brought in Peter Chiarelli as the team’s general manager and Cam Neely as vice president working on both business and hockey operations. Chiarelli has become the architect of an on-ice revival that has put the Bruins among the top teams in the league, while Neely has worked on re-engaging fans. At the midpoint of this season, ratings for Bruins games on NESN were up 53 percent and attendance at the Garden was up 12.3 percent. Jacobs also oversaw improvements off the ice, working closely with TD Banknorth Garden President John Wentzell on more than $40 million in renovations at the building, and helped revamp the Bruins’ front office.”
Jacobs is in his seventh season in Boston and serves as a principal of Delaware North Companies and the Boston Bruins. A member of the senior leadership team that concentrates on Delaware North Companies' global operations, he guides the strategic efforts for the family and company holdings in Boston, including the family's community involvement through the Boston Bruins Foundation.
Jacobs also serves the Bruins as an alternate governor on the NHL's Board of Governors, a position he has held since 2000. He is a board member for both the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Total Media Group in San Francisco, a company for which he formerly served as president and CEO.
Jacobs is involved in a number of philanthropic causes in the New England area. He was instrumental in the creation 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 in the community, and serves as president of the foundation. He is also a member of the boards of directors of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House, Inc., and The New England Sports Museum.
An avid sports fan, Jacobs is an accomplished equestrian and has served on the United States Equestrian Team. A graduate of Boston College, he also enjoys show-jumping and playing hockey in his spare time.
Jacobs and his wife, Kim, have a deep commitment to charitable endeavors and work with, among others, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston's Children's Hospital, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and the Cardinal Cushing School. Their community involvement has had a tremendous impact on numerous organizations throughout New England.