About Raj Fernando
Driven by the passion for charitable giving, Fernando began his career as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange before his way up as an executive at the Chicago Board of Trade. He is the founder and CEO of Scoutahead. Before founding Scoutahead, he worked as the chief executive officer of Chopper Trading, established in 2002. Under Raj’s leadership, Chopper Trading grew to a world-class organization having employed over 250 employees and managed to trade on the CME, Eurex, and ICAP-Broketek.
Raj supported the U.S Commodity Trading Futures Commission mission of fostering financially sound, competitive, transparent and open trade markets. Besides, Raj addressed an international conference on shareholders and media at the annual Rosenblatt conference for the industrial leaders. In early 2015, Raj’s Chopper Trading was acquired by DRW Trading Group, a Chicago-based trading firm. In 2016, he launched Soutahead to improve professional and corporate development and productivity through advanced and secure technology.
Fernando supports several philanthropic efforts in Chicago and many other places in the United States. Currently, he serves on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra board of trustees as well as on the board of directors for PAWS Chicago. Besides, he supports charitable giving foundations such as the Clinton Foundation and Big Brother Big Sister of Metropolitan Chicago.
Raj’s recruitment approach
Although the trading floor bustles and intensifies when the markets are open, the scene in Chopper Trading is quite the opposite when markets close. When markets close, you will find Chopper’s employees lifting weights and winding down with poker or table tennis. CEO Raj acknowledges that the nature of work can be stressful, and therefore, he maintains the working environment as pleasant as possible. Raj would not bring in 40 candidates, push them through a training process and end up hiring only five employees. His hiring process is quite the opposite, lengthy and involving to bring in passionate and dedicated employees. In 2002 after founding Chopper Trading, Fernando established a recruitment rule that would focus on promoting a diverse workforce.
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Raj Fernando is a successful entrepreneur, and the founder and chief executive officer of Scoutahead, a startup firm for small businesses. Scoutahead is a company designed to improve professional and corporate development and efficiency through safe and innovative communication systems. Raj supports various philanthropic activities in Chicago including the Clinton Foundation and Wounded Warriors. With his support, Clinton raised over $450,000 for his foundation. He is a board member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and PAWS Chicago. Raj commits to collaborating with various charitable organizations to better the community.
Initially, Raj was the chief executive officer of Chopper Trading, where he exercised excellent leadership skills by recruiting the best employees as the core team players. Through the trading floor at Chopper Trading, Raj maintained a hard working team of professionals through conducting a stringent recruitment process. According to Raj, Chopper Trading had to maintain a healthy client relationship for good business. In his words, Raj explains the importance of recruiting qualified workers instead of focusing on high sales by stressful employers.
Under his leadership, Chopper Trading employed over 250 workers and initiated the partnership with the LSE, CME, ICE, Cantor Fitzgerald and Nasqad. Raj collaborated with various organizations in the contribution of funds to the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission to support its mission of enhancing clear, competitive, open financial market gaps. In 2010, Raj featured as a motivational speaker in the Commission’s discussion of disruptive business practices. With his knowledge of the current market trends, Raj addressed a global audience of shareholders at Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference, an annual event for industrial leaders.
About Raj Fernando
Born in Chicago, Raj graduated from Beloit College with a bachelor degree in history and economics. Raj also attended the University College of London. While in college, Raj began his career by volunteering at the Mercantile Exchange. From 1991 to 2001, Fernando’s career path went through various positions before his way up to the Chicago Board of Trade. He is a board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee.