Interviewed in December 1991

  As president of Spectacor, Jay T. Snider heads a dynamic group of companies that have expanded steadily into new businesses in the fields of sports, retail sales, entertainment, services, communications and real estate.

In addition to his busy schedule as Spectacor's president, Snider also is president of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. He directs what is generally regarded as one of the most outstanding franchises in professional sports. Snider was named president of the at age 25, which made him the youngest chief executive ever of a major professional sports franchise. Since then, the club has won three divisional titles, two conference championships and has advanced to the Stanley Cup finals twice.

Snider is also the co-founder and chairman of the board of SpectaGuard Inc., a full service security company with offices in Wynnewood, PA, and Waltham, MA.

In addition to the Flyers and SpectaGuard, the other Spectacor entities are The Spectrum; Spectacor Management, which manages numerous arenas, stadiums and civic and convention centers throughout the world; SpectaGuard; Spectathlete, which operates two retail chains selling licensed sports merchandise and tickets; Network International, a corporate marketing firm; Spectacor Broadcasting, Spectacor Films and Ticketmaster of Delaware Valley, Inc.

Among Snider's athletic achievements, he was a varsity goaltender on the University of Pennsylvania's hockey team. He is also a holder of a black belt in karate.

Snider was elected to the Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia in June, 1985. He is a member on the board of the Institute of Cancer and Blood Diseases at Hahnemann University and Hockey Central, an organization that supports and promotes youth hockey in the Delaware valley. He also serves on the board of the Federation of Jewish Agencies.

Snider is a 1979 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Prior to attending Wharton, Snider went to Ithaca College for two years.

He and his wife, Terry, have two sons, Jamie and Cody. They reside in suburban Philadelphia.

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