Niagara Gazette — A Buffalo native who heads one of the largest hospitality and food service companies in North America will be among those honored at a convocation Oct. 22 at Niagara University.
Jeremy Jacobs, president and chief executive officer of Delaware North Companies, will be awarded an honorary doctorate of commercial science from the NU College of Hospitality and Tourism. The college is marking its 45th anniversary.
Plans for the convocation were announced by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., the recently installed university president, and Gary D. Praetzel, dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Jacobs also has owned the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League for more than 50 years and is widely respected among sports business leaders. He recalls as one of the most rewarding experiences in his career the time he went on the ice in Vancouver, June 15, 2011, to join the Bruins as they celebrated winning the Stanley Cup. He said later that it fulfilled his dream to bring the NHL championship to Boston.
He has been at the helm of Delaware North for some 40 years, guiding its growth to one of the largest privately-held companies in the U.S. with $2.3 billion in revenue and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers on three continents.
Two other honorees include:
• Carsten Rath, founder and chief executive officer of Lifestyle Hospitality and Entertainment Management, AG, who will receive the International Hotel Developer Award.
• Danilo Zucchetti, managing director of Villa d’Este, Lake Como area, Italy, will receive the International Hotelier of the Year Award. The villa itself is considered a destination, recognized by tourist industry leaders around the globe. Zucchetti has held the director’s post since June 2011. He also has served in management roles for hotels in Venice, Berlin and Tokyo.
Praetzel noted that the legendary Villa d’Este has been ranked by Forbes Travel magazine as the No. 1 hotel in the world. Over the years it also was known as ‘Hollywood on Lake Como,’ a reference to the many film stars that stayed there.
The convocation will be held at 4 p.m. in the Niagara University Alumni Chapel. A reception will follow in the Statler Dining Room of St. Vincent’s Hall. The event is again sponsored by the Maid of the Mist Corp.