Raj Fernando is a well known American businessman. He is the founder of two successful ventures namely Chopper Trading and Scoutahead, which he serves as the chief executive officer. Fernando studied at Beloit College and University College London. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Beloit College.
While attending college, Fernando started working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He worked in the organization as a non paid assistant. Raj served in various positions in the firm rising in the ranks to the executive level. Additionally, Raj worked for the Chicago Board of Trade. Starting his career in 1991, Fernando went on to serve the two companies until 2001. He created his own company in 2002.
After creating Chopper Trading in 2002, Raj steered the company to growth employing over 250 professionals. The firm also traded on ICE, Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed, LSE, ICAP-Broketek, Nasdaq, and CME. Raj likes to maintain a pleasant surrounding atmosphere in the workplace. That is because he understands the effects stress associated with business can have on his employees. Additionally, he also likes to employ people that advance the company by making the rest of the team better. The A Players as he calls them are the reason his firms have made great accomplishments.
Scoutahead is his latest venture. Fernando created the firm in 2016. Scoutahead is a startup that operates through the internet that is designed to enhance professional growth. The company also improves corporate productivity and growth through modern communication systems.
Outside his business, Raj has contributed to the effort of the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission. He has supported its mission of upholding competitive, open, and financially sound markets. In 2010, he was a featured panelist on disruptive trading practices. Raj addressed the Commission’s discussion.
In Chicago as well as the United States, Fernando supports many charity efforts. He sits on the board of directors of a no-kill animal shelter, PAWS Chicago and the board of trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Raj has also supported Wounded Warriors along with the Clinton Foundation. Additionally, Raj is on the board of directors for the key American Security Project.