William is an energetic, creative entrepreneur & pioneer of the $5 Billion Fantasy Sports Industry. As a co-founder of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, I have worked with William on and off for the last 17 years and tried to emulate his spirit, guidance, intelligent choices and most important his treatment and mentoring of others. His passion for always pursuing what is right was born with his service in the Navy. It is a rare person who is built on honor, valor, intelligence and compassion for the growth of others but also has swift decision making skills to drive successful businesses.
William Del Pilar makes an immediate impression when you meet him. Whether as an entrepreneur or executive, he refuses to accept failure and believes in creating a quality service and product that gives his clients the best chance to succeed.
I have known William since his start in the fantasy sports industry and his impact in this industry was immediate. Whether it was his player news format that revolutionized the industry or his impressive finishes within my own magazines (multiple “Masters Forecast Expert Poll” championships) he strives to be the best.
William’s been an advertiser and writer for my magazines and thinks outside-the-box. He goes to his own beat ignoring popular trends and playing it safe but won’t take a risk without calculating the pros and cons. It made him a leader in the industry with KFFL.com and a leader in B2B content partnerships.
William’s trait to be “frank” is a welcome change because he’ll tell you the truth and not what you want to hear. In today’s competitive world his ability to be forthright, honest and usually correct is a trait I admire and have enjoyed in our relationship as a peer and friend. William will always make a tremendous asset to any team or project.
Fearless, relentless, leader, honest. These are words I feel that best describe William. He used his life experience and instilled it into his cohorts. It was important for them to see the “big picture” because he saw a little bit of himself in us and tried to apply his experience, his trials/tribulations into our techniques. He’s a leader and will tell you how it is. A lot of people try to sugar coat certain things or shy away from tense situations. I think William lived for those situations in our years working together. He never met a deadline he wasn’t willing to exhaust himself to meet. Every situation was a challenge he was going to conquer. While he’s freakishly determined for success, he was also first in line to go to bat for you. He taught me a lot about life. He’s also exceptional at networking and branching out a brand. I remember walking into a fantasy sports convention in Las Vegas fresh out of college and greener than grass. He introduced me to half the room in an hour. He made me exit my shell and realize the moment is now for you to own it. If there’s a way to push you, he will find it. He showed me there’s no place for complacency in this or any business. In the end, William is someone you want in your figurative foxhole.
William is one of the true groundbreakers and pioneers in our industry. His football knowledge is top notch and he also has always been one of the most ardent and active people on the business side of the industry. He will be a great asset to anyone looking for an experienced, multi-faceted top professional.
There’s a reason why roads exist – they clearly outline a proven path to get from point A to point B. In entrepreneurship, the same concept holds true, but instead of roads, there are case studies and examples of best practices set forth by those who have previously achieved success. As a fellow entrepreneur in the fantasy sports space, I have been lucky to get to know William as a friend, and to learn from his successes at KFFL. I reached out to William without an introduction, and yet he generously found the time to meet and offer his advice for what we were working on. His passion for the industry is unrivaled, and his genuine desire to help mentor others highlights his selflessness and strength of character. I can not recommend William highly enough.
In two simple words William “Gets It.” Plain and simple. William is able to distill down elements of big projects and focus on the parts that need consideration. William has been forthright and ethical in all of my dealings with him. I would work with him again if the opportunity arose.
It was no surprise when William got involved with Fantasy Sports Ventures because, at their core was the message that he always lives by: Grow the Industry. That passion is what led him to me and helped convince me to become a part of FSV as well. But William sets a higher bar because he also possesses a level of integrity you don’t often find in upper management. Perhaps this is the best way to describe him: When I gave my acceptance speech for being inducted into the Fantasy Sports Writers Hall of Fame, William came up to me afterwards and said, “Nice speech, but in all your “thank yous” you forgot to thank your wife.” (Thankfully, she’s forgiven me.) He’s got his values in the right place.
Ryan R. Bonini
If a pie chart of William Del Pilar was created, it would be equal parts: Visionary, mentor, creative, big brother, passionate, cheerleader and pit bull. He gives his entire being to whatever he dives into and has a knack for finding quick, creative solutions to any roadblock or challenge regardless of how insurmountable it may seem. Data-driven, business and bottom-line savvy, William knows how to cut through red tape to accomplish greatness while generating win-win relationships at every turn. His winning body of work isn’t a testament to being in the fantasy sports digital world for almost two decades, it’s a product of his passion, hard work, blood, sweat and tears. William would be an asset to any company he is involved with and would propel them to new heights of success.
Ryan R. Bonini
William’s role as a pioneer in facilitating information for the fantasy sports industry through KFFL brought us together more than a decade ago, when I was a beat reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune and served as a correspondent for the site. KFFL became a go-to destination for detailed, well-organized and timely news on NFL players at a time when such information was difficult to find. KFFL was way ahead of the curve in that regard.