Charlie Jacobs, executive vice president of hockey team the Boston Bruins, has been inducted into SportsBusiness Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2009. The award recognises the most talented and accomplished individuals who are responsible for significant achievements and success in the global sports industry.
The Jacobs family owns the Bruins and Delaware North, the $2 billion hospitality and food services group founded in 1915 by three Jacobs brothers. Today, Charlie's father, second-generation Jeremy M Jacobs (pictured), runs the business.
The current chairman and CEO bought the Bruins in 1975 and paid tribute to his son. "Charlie's leadership and business acumen have led to some incredible improvements for the Boston Bruins and [stadium] TD Banknorth Garden. He has been a force in every major improvement and enhancement that we have completed," he said.
"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."
As a member of the senior leadership team that concentrates on Delaware North Companies' global operations, Charlie also guides the strategic efforts for the family and company holdings in Boston, including the family's community involvement through the Boston Bruins Foundation.
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