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Kim Pegula
Owner/CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE)

Bio

On Friday, October 10, 2014, Kim and her husband Terry Pegula realized a long-time dream when they became owners of the Buffalo Bills franchise. The Pegulas are now the second owners of the 55-year old National Football League organization.

Terry and Kim currently reside in Boca Raton, Fla., and have five children: Michael, Laura, Jessica, Kelly and Matthew. The Pegulas younger daughters, Jessica and Kelly, were both born in Buffalo.

On Friday, October 10, 2014, Kim and her husband Terry Pegula realized a long-time dream when they became owners of the Buffalo Bills franchise. The Pegulas are now the second owners of the 55-year old National Football League organization.

In additions to owning the Buffalo Bills, Kim and Terry own the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. All three entities were purchased in 2011.

Kim Pegula serves as the president and Chief Executive Officer of Pegula Sports & Entertainment, which she and Terry founded in the spring of 2014. Kim oversees all aspects of the 12 sports and entertainment subsidiaries that make up the multifaceted parent company.

Pegula Sports & Entertainment’s roster of companies spans the country and currently includes: the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres (Buffalo, N.Y.); the AHL’s Rochester Americans (Rochester, N.Y.); the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits (Buffalo); First Niagara Center (Buffalo); Nashville-based Black River Entertainment and its related properties: Black River Publishing, Sound Stage Studio, Ronnie’s Place Studio; Buffalo-based HARBORCENTER and its components: (716) Food and Sport, the Academy of Hockey; and IMPACT Sports Performance (Boca Raton, Fla. and Buffalo).

A Western New York native, Kim grew up in Fairport, NY, a suburb of Rochester. After graduating from Fairport High School, Kim attended Houghton College and graduated in 1991 with a degree in communications. Twenty years later, Kim and Terry donated $12 million to Houghton for construction of the Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex. The second-largest gift in school history allowed Houghton to transition to NCAA Division III athletics.

The Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex formally opened on October 4, 2014. The project included the construction of both a new baseball and softball stadium, resurfacing of Burke Field (a multi-sport competition field), and the construction of an 115,000-square-foot fieldhouse that will enable the college and region to host year-round athletic competitions. The fieldhouse features an eight lane, 200-meter regulation size track, five tennis courts, cardio fitness center, weight lifting room, MVP conference room, commercial kitchen and concessions, locker-room facilities, and office space. The facility provides dedicated practice space for outdoor sports over the winter and during inclement weather and also has the ability to host major concerts and events with a maximum capacity of more than 6,000 people.

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 donated $102 million to Terry’s alma mater, Penn State University, to build a new, state-of-the-art arena at the school and launch Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. That same year, Kim helped found Black River Entertainment, a country music label that now represents country stars such as Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler and Kelsea Ballerini.

On February 22, 2011, Kim and Terry 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 longtime affiliation with the Sabres. The commitment grew in the summer of 2012, when Kim and Terry purchased the 1.7 acre Webster Block across from First Niagara Center. Crews soon began construction on the $172 million HARBORCENTER. The multipurpose facility will be anchored by two new NHL-size ice rinks that will be used year-round by a variety of Buffalo-area hockey teams and leagues.

HARBORCENTER will also be the home for a 200-room, full-service Marriott hotel, (716), an upscale, hockey-themed sports bar and restaurant, a one-of-a-kind Tim Hortons location that pays homage to the former Sabres player, as well as additional retail space and a parking structure.

HARBORCENTER is expected to draw more than 500,000 people to downtown Buffalo annually and, coupled with First Niagara Center, provide a premier destination for hockey fans, right in the heart of ‘Hockey Heaven.’

Terry and Kim currently reside in Boca Raton, Fla., and have five children: Michael (36), Laura (32), Jessica (20), Kelly (18) and Matthew (15). The Pegulas younger daughters, Jessica and Kelly, were both born in Buffalo.

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