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How did you hear about the ModelOff competition? What made you want to get involved?

Will “The Gladiator” Glass introduced me to ModelOff. He said it was a fun challenge and I wanted to see if I could beat him, so I took him up on it.

How did you get so good at Excel? Tell us a bit about your modeling training.

Nearly all came from on-the-job work and the training program here at Perella (which Will Glass was a part of, no surprise). Over time I just made an effort to learn how to do things in the most efficient way, which involved a lot of Google-ing when I came across a problem I couldn’t figure out.

From where does your passion for financial modeling come?

It’s been beaten into me by my job! But, really, I just enjoy the logic puzzle that goes along with properly laying out a model in a simple and efficient way.

Tell us a bit about your life away from work.

In the few hours I have to myself away from work I usually just do my best to relax. Whether it’s just watching games with my friends or fellow analysts, going to Central Park with a group, or just being lazy with some Netflix at home. I’m also a bit of a PC gamer.

What do your friends/family think about you being involved in the ModelOff competition?

My family and girlfriend are all very proud of me. My colleagues are also proud, and I think that I was able to convince a good number of them to give it a try next year.

What do you hope comes out of being a ModelOff Finalist?

For one, I hope to learn a few things that will make my life easier at work. Who better to learn from than the ModelOff team and the other finalists? I also am looking forward to the high stress nearly head-to-head competition; I look forward to have some adrenaline pumping. From what I’ve heard, it’s a blast.

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