Kim Pegula is the President and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and President of both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.
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.
On October 8, 2014, Kim, along with her husband Terry, realized a long-time 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, overseeing all of the franchise’s business operations.
Kim got her start in sports in 2011 after she and Terry purchased the Buffalo Sabres. Kim serves on the NHL Board of Governors and assumed the role of President of the Sabres in May 2018, becoming the first female to hold the post of President for both an NHL and NFL team. Kim and Terry’s sports ownership also extends to the NLL Buffalo Bandits, the AHL Rochester Americans and the NWHL Buffalo Beauts.
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 & Bake Shop franchise, The Healthy Scratch cafe and the newest addition The Draft Room. In 2017, PSE added ADPRO Sports to their portfolio, providing 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, four 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 Pegulas gave an unprecedented $102 million for the creation of the Pegula Ice Arena at Terry’s alma mater Penn State. 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 program.
Kim currently splits her time between the Bills, Sabres and PSE offices as she leads all business operations.