Charlie Jacobs

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Charlie Jacobs
Born Charles Marvin Jacobs
(1971-09-16) September 16, 1971 (age 45)
Buffalo, New York
Nationality United States
Alma mater Boston College
Occupation Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings, including the Boston Bruins
Spouse(s) Kimberly Jacobs
Children 3

Charles "Charlie" Jacobs (born September 16, 1971) is the chief executive officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings, including the Boston Bruins.[1] In 2009, Sports Business Journal (a publication of Advance Publications) named Jacobs to their "Forty Under 40" list,[2] a list that seeks to represent "the best and the brightest" in the sports industry.[3] Jacobs is actively involved with a number of community-based and philanthropic organizations, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston Children's Hospital, and the Boston Bruins Foundation, the latter of which he serves as President.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Jacobs is the son of Margaret and Jeremy Jacobs. He is the youngest of their six children. His father is the chairman of Delaware North, one of the world’s largest hospitality and food service companies.

Jacobs attended Boston College and graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1994. After graduation, he moved to California, working briefly with the Los Angeles Kings before joining Total Media Group as CEO and president.[5] In February 1999, Jacobs married Kimberly Diane Warren.[6] The couple have three children, two sons and one daughter.[7]


Delaware North[edit]

In 2002, Jacobs left California and returned to Boston to join the family business as Principal at Delaware North. He is involved in leading the company's global operations, and also oversees strategy relating to the family and company holdings in Boston - including TD Garden, the Boston Bruins, New England Sports Network, and the Boston Bruins Foundation.[8]

On January 6, 2015 Delaware North chairman Jeremy Jacobs relinquished the title of CEO and named Charlie Jacobs CEO of Delaware North's Boston Holdings that include: TD Garden, New England Sports Network (NESN), the Boston Bruins and strategic real estate holdings.[9]

Boston Bruins[edit]

Since 2000, Jacobs has served the Bruins as Alternate Governor to the NHL Board of Governors.[10] He has also served the team as Principal since 2002.[11]

According to his Profile in Sports Business Journal, Jacobs' time at the helm of the Bruins has helped transform the organization into one that is much more "fan-friendly." It was also Jacobs who chose to hire both GM Peter Chiarelli and Vice-President Cam Neely at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 season, helping boost game attendance in the process.[12]

Following the Bruins' Stanley Cup win in 2011, the team's players and management, including Jacobs, were invited to the White House to commemorate their victory. In an interview at the White House, Jacobs called the experience "the icing on the cake" of a successful season.[13] They were also named "Sports Team of the Year" in 2012 by Sports Business Journal.[14]

In June 2013, it was revealed that Jacobs gave season tickets for life to Marge Bishop, a seventy-seven-year-old fan who had had season tickets since the time of the Nixon administration but was unable to renew her tickets in 2006 due to price increases. In 2004, Jacobs personally invited Bishop to join the organization's Season Ticket Advisory Board when she was first thinking about not renewing her tickets. She kept the tickets for two more seasons, before eventually deciding she no longer could. At this point, Jacobs gave her a backstage tour of the TD Garden arena and concluded the experience by providing her with a VIP pass good for any Bruins game.[15][16][17]

Board memberships and charity[edit]

Both Jacobs and his wife are deeply involved with philanthropy. They have worked with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children's Hospital, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and the Cardinal Cushing School.[18]

Jacobs also serves on the board of directors for Ellis Memorial & Eldridge House.[19] and the Board of Trustees for The New England Sports Museum.[20]

Jacobs was instrumental in the founding of the Boston Bruins Foundation, an organization that helps children living in the Boston area by providing grants to organizations that improve health, education, athletics, and community outreach for children. Jacobs is the chairman and founder of the organization.[21] Following the Bruins' Stanley Cup victory in 2011, Jacobs brought the Cup to The Jimmy Fund Clinic to visit with children battling pediatric cancer.[22][23]


Jacobs is also an avid equestrian, having served on the United States Equestrian Team.[24] His family shares his love for horses and show jumping, and took a trip together to Lake Placid weeks after winning the Stanley Cup.[25] In July 2009, Jacobs and his brother Lou finished first and second, respectively, at the $75,000 stake Lake Placid Hermes Grand Prix.[26]

Jacobs has emerged victorious at numerous national events, including competitions in Florida, Michigan,[27] Massachusetts,[28] New York,[29] New Hampshire,[30] and Vermont.[31] In both 2011 and 2012, Jacobs won the Summer Showcase Grand Prix, hosted at Fieldstone Show Park in Halifax, Massachusetts.[32] He won both the Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix and the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in January 2013.[33][34] Jacobs also competed in the August 2013 Welcome Stake in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, narrowly missing a first place finish by just half a second.[35]

Internationally, Jacobs traveled to the CSIO-W Buenos Aires event with the United States Show Jumping Team in both 2011 and 2012, competing in the FEI Nations Cup. In 2011, the team finished fifth overall and Jacobs won three events, including the Ericsson Grand Prix and the Nissan International Speed Derby.[36] In 2012, the team won first prize in the Nations Cup, beating out Canada and Argentina (who tied for second). Jacobs repeated his victory in the International Speed Derby, and also finished fifth in the World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix.[37][38] In June 2013, Jacobs placed third in the Spruce Meadows "National" tournament in Calgary, Alberta.[39] He was also named first alternate for the June 2013 Nation's Cup event at Spruce Meadows' Contientnal tournament.[40]

Jacobs completed the 2011 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series in first place in the East Conference's Amateur-Owner Division. He finished the series with 645 points.[41]

Most recently, Jacobs won the 2013 $50,000 Holiday & Horses Wellington Qualifier in Wellington, Florida, receiving the $50,000 grand prize. Jacobs competed on his horse Flaming Star. The event was held November 30-December 1, 2013.[42]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Sports Business Journal "Forty Under 40" 2009
  3. ^ 10th Annual "Forty Under 40." Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Corporate Bio: Delaware North Companies
  5. ^ Sports Business Journal "Forty Under 40" 2009
  6. ^ Weddings: Charlie Jacobs and Kimberley Warren. New York Times. February 7, 1999. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Sports Business Journal "Forty Under 40" 2009
  8. ^ Corporate Bio: Delaware North Companies
  9. ^
  10. ^ Corporate Bio: Delaware North Companies
  11. ^ Boston Bruins Bio: Charlie Jacobs
  12. ^ Sports Business Journal "Forty Under 40" 2009
  13. ^ NESN Video "Charlie Jacobs Calls Bruins' White House Visit 'Icing on the Cake.' Posted January 23, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  14. ^ <Sports Business Journal: 2012 Awards Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  15. ^ Boston Globe Story "Bruins season ticket-holder has permanent seat" Published June 25, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013."
  16. ^ ESPN Story "Fan: Bruins gave me tickets for life" Published June 26, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013."
  17. ^ NESN Story "Marge Bishop, 77, Received Bruins Season Tickets for Life by Charlie Jacobs After Cost Soared Too High" Published June 26, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013."
  18. ^ Boston Bruins Bio: Charlie Jacobs
  19. ^ Corporate Bio: Delaware North Companies
  20. ^ Board of Trustees: New England Sports Museum.
  21. ^ Boston Bruins Foundation: About Page Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  22. ^ NESN: Stanley Cup Visits Jimmy Fund "Charlie Jacobs Uses Stanley Cup to Spread Joy to Jimmy Fund Patients" Published September 2, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  23. ^ Stanley Cup visits Jimmy Fund Clinic patients
  24. ^ Boston Bruins Bio: Charlie Jacobs
  25. ^ Adirondack Daily Enterprise "Bruins owners jump for joy" Published June 30, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  26. ^ Adirondack Daily Enterprise "Jacobs brothers take top spots in Hermes Grand Prix" Published July 6, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  27. ^ Mane Events Equestrian Festival
  28. ^ Summer Showcase Grand Prix
  29. ^ Hermes Grand Prix
  30. ^ Silver Oak Jumper Tournament
  31. ^ Vermont Summer Festival
  32. ^ Patriot Ledger "Bruins boss Charlie Jacobs wins $25,000 event at Halifax horse competition" Published August 20, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  33. ^ Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix
  34. ^ Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup
  35. ^ Welcome Stake Results
  36. ^ USEF Network - CSIO-W Buenos Aires
  37. ^ World of Show Jumping "Charlie Jacobs Helps USA Win Nations Cup at CSIO-W Buenos Aires" Published November 13, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  38. ^ Charlie Jacobs Helps USA Win Nations Cup at CSIO-W Buenos Aires and Claims Speed Derby Victory
  39. ^ Phelps Media Group International "Charlie Jacobs Tops Leader Board for Deeridge Farms at Spruce Meadows ‘National’" Published June 11, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  40. ^ Calgary Sun "Charlie Jacobs wouldn't miss a Bruins game for anything... except to compete at Spruce Meadows" Published June 6, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  41. ^ 2011 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Results
  42. ^ Jacobs Finishes Year With Holiday & Horses Win