Raj Fernando’s Career Development

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.

More about Raj Fernando: http://www.rajfernando.com