ModelOff Finalists Excel Live at the 2014 ModelOff Championships
Over 4,000 professionals and students from more than 100 countries competed in the 2014 Financial Modeling World Championships, ModelOff competition.
9 December 2014
By Shawn Zubin and Meagan Parrish
It all started on October 25, 2014: Over 4,000 professionals and students from more than 100 countries came together to compete in this year’s Financial Modeling World Championships, ModelOff competition. Sponsored by Intralinks Dealspace™, the competition culminated this Sunday, December 7, 2014, in a final round of live financial modeling at at the Microsoft Offices in New York City. The sixteen finalists to compete put their quick, innovative, data and risk understanding skills to the test against one another in front of a panel of expert judges with the hopes of following in the footsteps of previous champions Alex Gordon and Hilary Smart.
Top Financial Modelers Take the Podium
The four and a half hours long final round tested the endurance, creativity and skills of the remaining ModelOff participants.
Contestants from APAC dominated the podium, with Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s Peter Suen and New Zealand’s PwC’s Michael Clarke taking third place, just behind Hong Kong’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Alvin Woon who was awarded second place.
And without further ado, the person to be crowned the 2014 Financial Modeling World Champion is … the United States’ Diarmuid Early of Deutsche Bank!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s ModelOff competition and big congrats to everyone who competed!
Intralinks Dealspace was proud to sponsor the ModelOff 2014 competition. “ModelOff is a unique competition and is now the marquee event for financial professionals around the world, attracting the world’s best financial modelers, analysts, asset valuers and financial consultants,” said Intralinks’ Matt Porzio, Vice President of Strategy and Product Marketing in his keynote address at the 2014 ModelOff finals. “We’ve enjoyed our first year of event sponsorship, bringing about greater awareness of the unique skill set professionals in the corporate finance and valuation space possess. Financial modeling really is the backbone to business around the world, and we’re pleased to help draw attention to the importance of this valuable skill,” said Matt.
To quote finalist Peter Suen, “Remember any problem in life can be solved by Excel.” That’s a wrap.
Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.