RAJ FERNANDO: A LEADER UNLIKE OTHERS

Raj is the former founder and CEO of Chopper Trading. When he was at the helm of the company, it was incredible to walk into the company’s offices. The people were friendly and smiling at each other, albeit the hustle and bustle of the trading floor were still present. If you asked any employee, the office felt more like a family gathering rather than a collection of professionals required to work together. The relationship was so strong among employees that they spent time off work together. You could find them at the gym together, or playing table tennis together. Mr. Fernando had created an atmosphere that was as stress-free as possible.

Accomplishing such employee rapport was not easy. He had to vet potential employees very carefully and put them under deep scrutiny. He did not focus primarily on skills and qualifications but instead concentrated on an individual’s capability to work with a team. An employee’s ability to create a palatable work atmosphere was paramount to their ability to make money for Chopper Trading. Capacity to get such employees was refined, and the process was put in place since inception.

Raj Fernando is such a man. Putting relationships between people before profits. After graduating Beloit College with a degree in Economics and History, he joined the Chicago Mercantile Exchange first as a volunteer and later as an employee. He worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. He quit the Exchange to found Chopper Trading in 2002. By 2015, Chopper Trading had about 250 employees worldwide. He sold Chopper Trading to DRW (a larger trading firm) and started Scoutahead.com™ which is a company that offers information on how to increase corporate and personal growth and productivity to firms and professionals. Raj implements his unique style of management to his new company and with over 20 years’ experience in the Finance industry, the chances are that he will succeed.

The one thing that can match Raj’s desire to succeed in business is his philanthropy. Mr. Fernando is a generous man .He serves on the boards of many organizations including PAWS Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was named as the third highest contributor to the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama. He has worked with the William Clinton Foundation and has worked on Hillary Clinton’s advisory board to some extent. Raj is truly a phenomenal man.