Home Town Heroes

It made me proud to learn that a hometown company, the Delaware North Companies, with offices above the new Westin Hotel in BUFFALO, NEW YORK, is listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the richest US privately held companies.

And my friend Joe tells me:

Well, it turns out that just about every name in Yosemite has been changed due to a trademarks dispute. Yosemite, like most national parks, uses private management companies to operate the hotels and campgrounds and provide food service. When the Park Service was not paying attention, the former private management company, Delaware North, proceeded to trademark under their name virtually every historic place in the park; and when they were replaced by Aramark, they offered to return the trademarks to the Park Service for a mere $52 million. (Does this sound like something Trump would do?) In fact, there is no such thing as Yosemite National Park anymore because Delaware North trademarked that name as well; so it is now just “Yosemite.”

And these guys aren’t even Big Pharma!

So the next time you happen to see them slithering around the lounge of the new Westin in Buffalo, give my regards to these scions of the Jacobs family of Buffalo — Chairman Jeremy actually lives in East Aurora, according to Wikipedia.

Current Delaware North Chairman Jeremy Jacobs, the son of founder Louis Jacobs, represents the second generation of the Jacobs family to own and lead the company. His three sons – Jerry, Lou and Charlie – are chief executive officers of Delaware North and are leading the company’s long-term business strategy.

We invite you to learn more about the Jacobs family.

  • JEREMY M. JACOBSChairman, Delaware North
    Owner/Governor, Boston Bruins

  • JERRY JACOBS JR.Co-Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North
    Alternate Governor, Boston Bruins

  • LOU JACOBSCo-Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North
    Alternate Governor, Boston Bruins

– See more at: https://www.delawarenorth.com/about/family-leadership#sthash.wN5l1yQW.dpuf

Would it surprise you to know that these fine fellows run a lot of gambling casinos and racetracks all over the world? … along with Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park!

About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands and the Chesapeake Bay; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 52 years to the late Kincey Burdett Potter (see Kincey.org). President of the now-sunsetting Island Resources Foundation.
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