How did you hear about the ModelOff competition? What made you want to get involved?
I heard about ModelOff from Connie Early, with whom I was working on a project at BCG New York. Of course, Connie is Dim Early’s wife, and Dim had been competing (and doing quite well) in ModelOff the last three years.
How did you get so good at Excel? Tell us a bit about your modeling training.
As an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group, rather than being happy using Excel functions I already knew, I couldn’t help but search for the most efficient way to do things. It meant solving things more slowly at first, but it paid off in the long run.
What makes you different from the other competitors? What are your strengths?
I learned my Excel skills as a management consultant, so compared to the other competitors, my finance knowledge is lacking. I also have done the majority of my Excel work in analysing large data sets.
Favorite Excel Shortcut(s):
Many will cringe (especially Dim Early, who is avowedly anti-PivotTable), but in line with being someone who does a lot of data analysis, Alt-D-P-F
Tell us a bit about your life away from work.
I enjoy reading, travelling, and playing basketball.
From where does your passion for financial modeling come?
Necessity at first, but I’ve always enjoyed solving problems