Amherst LEADS

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Phil de Picciotto- Founder and President of Octagon

Phil de Picciotto- Founder and President of Octagon

Born in New York de Picciotto attended Amherst College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In 1983, de Picciotto co-founded Advantage International, which later became Octagon.  Octagon is a the leader in sports marketing, talent representation. For three decades de Picciotto has helped build Octagon into the global leader in talent representation, property ownership, event management and sports and entertainment marketing. He has built and managed many recognizable names and companies world wide including Super Bowl Champions, Olympic gold medalists, and royalty.

Some of the many accolades de Picciotto has received include Advertising Age’s “The Marking 100”, the Sporting News’ “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports”; and Sports Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential People: Sports Agents” and “Top 50 Most Influential People in Sports Businesses.” He has also lead a successful effort to remove tobacco sponsorship from professional tennis, is a board member on the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and sits on the board of directors for the Right to Play.