This summer Protiviti joined in the spirit of friendly international competition by hosting its first Protiviti World Cup Challenge. Over 1,000 employees from member firms around the globe cheered for their favorite national team to win the 2014 World Cup.
Those who picked the correct winning teams in the group stage won official FIFA jerseys from their favorite team. Group stage winners included employees from our Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando and Kuwait offices.
After four weeks of exciting matches, Germany came out on top and so did these Protiviti employees:
3rd place TIE!
Jeff  – Chicago, Senior Manager
Matt  – Cincinnati, Senior Consultant
Winners of:  $100 gift card
2nd place –  Pradeep – Metro DC, Manager
Winner of: a $200 gift card and $500 donation to charity of choice
Our top prize went to Philadelphia Intern, Liz who won an iPad, office happy hour and $1000 donation to charity of her choice!
So how does it feel to be a World Cup winner? Jeff, the new resident expert on all things soccer in Chicago says, “It’s completely indescribable. It’s an unbelievable feeling. A dream became a reality, the dream came true. It is absolutely sensational!”
And what about favorite moments from the 2014 World Cup? For 3rd place winner Matt had trouble deciding from all the exciting moments. He explains, “There’s too many to choose from: the U.S. making it through the Group of Death, Germany 7-Brazil 1, Julian Green’s first World Cup touch/goal, Ochoa and Howard goalkeeping performances, Rooney actually scoring in a World Cup… Best World Cup I’ve seen.”
From over 1,000 entries, there could only be one winner. Our champion, Philadelphia intern Liz reflected on her victory, “I can honestly say, I never thought I would win! I was able to celebrate with some friends and also bought myself a Germany jersey.” So, what was the strategy? Well, Liz offered a glimpse in to the mind of a champion bracket-chooser; she simply chose the team that was doing best up to that point. As an avid fan of the MLS, the British Premier League, and as a former soccer player herself, Liz is no stranger to soccer which certainly helped her in this scenario! Our champion’s favorite moments? Van Persie’s diving header against Spain and Clint Dempsey’s opening goal seconds in to the game versus Ghana.
As the 1st place winner, Liz has the opportunity to donate $1,000 to a charity of choice. Liz plans to donate to “Project for Nuclear Awareness.”
Thanks to everyone who participated and congrats to all of our challenge winners!
Kiristen & Cait




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