Raj Fernando is the founder of Scoutahead as well as Chopper Trading. He serves as the head of the two firms. Fernando is a Beloit College graduate. He majored in economics and history. His career started early while he was still in college. He began working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a volunteer before serving in different positions at the firm. Raj Fernando also worked for the Chicago Board of Trade. He worked in the two organizations until 2001.
From a start-up in 2002, Fernando led Chopper Trading to be a successful firm trading in the leading markets like Nasdaq and CME. Additionally, he increased the number of employees to more than 250. The success of Chopper trading is due to Fernando’s employment approach, which is employing only A players. Fernando’s strategy ensures that only people that have the ability to make his company better are employed.
Regardless of higher qualification or contribution, Fernando prefers to bring onboard that would not make his firm miserable those that will make the company miserable. It is like a marriage where each partner has an active role to play. Firs, a person should be willing to join his company and make other employees and ultimately the company better to be employed. That is part of the reason why his company has made great accomplishments.
This year, Fernando created Scoutahead. It is an internet startup. Scoutahead was formed to enhance corporate productivity. It is also designed to improve professional growth. Scoutahead employs innovative and secure communication systems to accomplish that. Fernando serves as the head of the company.
He has also served as a guest speaker in a number of forums. In 2010, he gave a speech on the US Commodity Trading Commission’s disruptive trading practices discussion. Fernando has contributed to the work of the commission by supporting its initiative of fostering financially sound markets. He also supports its program of promoting open and competitive markets.
In addition, Fernando serves in several organization boards including charity organizations. They include American Security Project, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the PAWS Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Fernando has also supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago as well as the Clinton Foundation.