November 9 2017

Phil De Picciotto inducted into Washington Business Hall of Fame

Phil de Picciotto, Awards, Talent + Properties

Congrats to Octagon Founder and President Phil De Picciotto recently named to the Washington Business Hall of Fame. The annual Hall of Fame program honors four leaders who made the most of where opportunity took them. Phil is honored alongside Michael Harreld (Greater Washington PNC Bank), Gracia Martore (Tegna) and Christopher Nassetta (Hilton).

Here's an excerpt from The Washingtonian story:

Title: Founder and president, Octagon Worldwide.
First job: Geologist in a gold mine.
Best advice: “You can’t plan everything. Sometimes you have to let the world come to you.”

A confluence of events led Phil de Picciotto to a new city and an area of law that was just developing.

An amateur tennis player with an interest in sports photography, he used to shoot events at the old Capital Centre in Largo. One of Washington’s leading sports-management law firms—Dell, Craighill, Fentress & Benton—was looking for pictures of tennis players, and de Picciotto could provide. That connection later helped him become a summer associate at the firm, cofounded by local tennis great Donald Dell.

Two years after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania law school, de Picciotto cofounded Advantage International, later rebranded as Octagon. It represents top athletes including Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Stephen Curry, Felix Hernandez, and Elena Delle Donne. The firm is also involved with more than 13,000 events annually. Other divisions handle property ownership and sports-and-entertainment marketing.

Today, sports management is expanding exponentially, according to de Picciotto. Thanks to the tech revolution, athletes are known by more people in more places. “It’s allowed me to have a career that changes every five minutes,” he says.