Alvin Woon Breaks Through to Win His First ModelOff World Championship
New York – December 5 2017
ModelOff veteran Alvin Woon from Bank of America Merrill Lynch has capped off a stellar year of competition taking home his first ModelOff Financial Modeling World Championship. Woon edged out Willem Gerritsen who took second and an impressive young debutant Michael Jarman from Operis who placed third.
This year’s final was held at Microsoft’s Times Square Office in New York, and brought together 16 of the best financial modelers from 10 countries around the world. In September, these Finalists battled their way through a field of thousands in two online qualification rounds, before being flown to New York this weekend to compete for right to call themselves the World’s Best.
The question on everyone’s mind heading into the weekend was can anyone beat two-time Champion Joseph Lau? That question was answered and it came as no surprise that it was Honk Kong’s Alvin Woon who de-throned Lau. As a former World Number #1 Ranked Modeler and four-time Finalist, Woon’s ModelOff credentials are world class with two third place finishes and a second-place finish, as well as being the first competitor ever to score perfect marks in an online round.
It was a breakthrough year for Woon who fought off strong competition early in the marathon 5-hours of finals testing, but ultimately ran away as a clear winner in the last challenge. The win sees Woon collect his first iconic Golden Keyboard as well as 10,000 dollars in prize money and the title of the 2017 ModelOff World Champion.
It was also a return to form for Willem Gerritsen who has now finished second twice in his ModelOff career. Gerritsen seemed relaxed and at home in the finals environment from the very beginning of the weekend. This confidence translated to composure and precision in the competition culminating in his second-place finish.
The Finals also saw the rise of a future superstar in 23-year old debutant Michael Jarman. Jarman had considered competing in ModelOff 2016, but a good brunch distracted him and he ran out of time to register for round 1. However, this year was a very different story; Jarman entered, he qualified, and he dominated taking third place in his very first year of ModelOff.
The 2017 ModelOff Season has come to a close, with a new Champion crowned and future stars uncovered. We now turn our attention to 2018; a new year and another chance for you to test your skills against the rest of the world – maybe you could Excel in ModelOff 2018?
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