CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/PRESIDENT
Kim Pegula assumes the role of CEO/President of Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE), created in 2014. Kim also serves as an alternate governor to the NHL. PSE is a management company that streamlines key business areas across all Pegula family owned sports and entertainment properties, including the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, and Black River Entertainment.
Kim is a native of Fairport, N.Y., and grew up as a fan of the Rochester Americans. 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. Shortly after the sale of East Resources, Terry and Kim helped Penn State University begin an NCAA Division I hockey program with an $88 million donation for the construction of Pegula Ice Arena. They later increased their donation to $102 million to endow scholarships and support the Penn State hockey program and its student athletes. Their gift was the single largest private gift in the university’s history.
On February 22, 2011, Terry and Kim purchased the Buffalo Sabres, ushering in a new era in the franchise’s history. The Pegulas intensified their commitment to Western New York hockey that summer by acquiring Kim’s childhood team, the Rochester Americans and resuming its long time affiliation with the Sabres.
The Pegulas continued their commitment to the WNY area in the summer of 2012, when Terry and Kim purchased the 1.7 acre Webster Block across from First Niagara Center. Crews soon began construction on the $190 million HARBORCENTER, which features two NHL size rinks, the Academy of Hockey, (716) Food and Sport, IMPACT Sports Performance, a destination Tim Hortons, 750 space parking ramp, and full-service Marriott Hotel. The Pegulas then donated $12 million to Houghton College to construct the Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex, which includes baseball and softball stadiums, a multisport field and a filed house with an indoor track and tennis courts. The second-largest gift in school history allowed Houghton to transition to NCAA III athletics.