December 7, 2014 was an exciting and emotional day at the Microsoft office in New York City, as ModelOff’s 16 Finalists competed with the hope to follow the footsteps of previous champions Hilary Smart and Alex Gordon. Matt Porzio, from Intralinks, had the honor of presenting 2014 winner Diarmuid Early with a custom deal toy provided by Altrum Honors.
The idea for a Golden Keyboard to be used as a first prize had come up earlier in the year during a creative discussion with the team at Intralinks. Upon hearing the idea, Altrum leaped at the challenge of creating such a fun but prestigious award.
The end result was a deal toy / trophy that featured a Lucite cube that displays the details of the event, upon which a symbolic golden keyboard is mounted. Altrum’s expertise in custom deal gifts and awards enabled the creation of a unique piece, which perfectly captured what ModelOff is all about. Keeping true to the financial modeling culture, Altrum made sure the keyboard did not have an F1 key! Analysts often need the escape and F2 keys to navigate through spreadsheets, and hitting F1 results in a help menu popping up, causing delays in their work. For this is the reason, many top analysts permanently remove the key from their keyboards.
The award ceremony was captured on video, and shows the passion of the participants, and their pride in taking part in such a widely recognized contest. Being crowned ModelOff Champion is a great honor, and our good friends at Altrum were able to commemorate this moment of victory with such a symbolic award. We look forward to seeing what the 2015 ModelOff First Prize award will be.