Kim Pegula is the President and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and President of the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills and AHL’s Rochester Americans.
A native of Fairport, N.Y., she attended nearby Houghton College and graduated in 1991 with a degree in communications. Kim began her professional career with East Resources in 1991 and was involved with the company until its sale in 2010.
Kim got her start in sports in 2011 after she and husband Terry purchased the Buffalo Sabres. They followed up their commitment to hockey by purchasing the AHL’s Rochester Americans, restoring a longtime affiliation between the Sabres and Amerks, who collectively enter their 37th season as working partners at the NHL and AHL levels, respectively. Today, it remains one of the longest and successful partnerships between and an NHL club and its AHL affiliate.
Kim serves on the NHL Board of Governors and assumed the role of President of the Sabres in May of 2018. Kim and Terry’s sports ownership also extends to the Buffalo Beauts (National Women’s Hockey League), Buffalo Bandits (National Lacrosse League) and the Buffalo Bills (National Football League).
On October 10, 2014, Kim, along with her husband Terry, realized another dream as they became only the second owners of the Buffalo Bills. Kim currently serves on the NFL’s Super Bowl and Major Events Advisory Committee, Business Ventures Committee, and NFL Foundation Committee. In May of 2018, Kim became President, making her the first female ever to serve as President of both an NFL and NHL team.
After owning multiple professional sports in the same market, Kim launched Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE) in 2014, creating a management company that oversees the business operations across all Pegula-owned entities and sports teams. Since its inception, PSE has expanded its reach to include HarborCenter, a multipurpose facility anchored by two NHL-size ice rinks and a Marriott Hotel franchise; PicSix, a full-service creative agency specializing in video, digital and marketing creative services for a variety of companies; a Hospitality division that operates multiple restaurants including (716) Food and Sport, a Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop franchise, The Healthy Scratch cafe and the newest addition The Draft Room. In 2017, PSE added ADPRO Sports to their portfolio, offering branded merchandise to teams and companies across the country.
PSE, through its managed entities, has been key to bringing new business opportunities to Buffalo, including multi-year agreements to host the NHL Combine, 2016 NHL Draft, 2018 World Junior Championships, 2019 Frozen Four NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament, as well as a wide variety of stadium and arena concerts, and national and international tournament events at all levels. Kim and the PSE entities have been honored with a number of awards, including Business First’s Most Influential People, NYS Emmy Awards for sports content, Buffalo Best Place To Work, the Tank Younger Award for embracing diversity in the NFL, and numerous individual recognitions of PSE’s staff.
Kim and Terry have also given back to encourage the growth of sports and the many intangible benefits they believe sports creates for individuals, fans and their community. In 2010 the Pegula’s gave an unprecedented $102 million for the creation of the Pegula Ice Arena at Terry’s Alma mater Penn State University. The facility allowed for Penn State’s hockey program to become a NCAA Division I team and was the final piece for the formation of the Big Ten Hockey Conference. Kim also gave back to her alma mater, Houghton College, with a gift of $12 million to build the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex, allowing Houghton College athletics to become a Division III school.
Kim currently splits her time between the Bills, Sabres and PSE offices as she leads all business operations. Kim and Terry have been married for 25 years and have 5 children between them.