Raj Fernando is the founder and CEO of Scoutahead. Before establishing Scoutahead, Raj was the founder and CEO of Chopper Trading. Raj began his career while still in college where he was a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Later, he worked his way up in several positions at that company. Raj also worked at the Chicago Board of Trade from 1991 to 2001. He then founded Chopper Trading in 2002. During his tenure, Chopper Trading was able to grow its employees to more than 250 workers, and it traded on the CME, ICAP-Broketek, and Eurex.
Raj Fernando also impacted on the work of the US Commodity Futures Commission by supporting its mission that was geared towards fostering competitive, open, financially, and transparent sound markets. Fernando was a featured panelist in 2010 on the commission’s disruptive trading practices discussion. Raj also addressed an international audience of shareholders and media in 2013 at the annual Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference. Raj is a supporter of several philanthropic efforts in the United States and Chicago. Raj is also a member of the board of trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He supports Wounded Warriors, Clinton Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago.
About Chopper Trading
Chopper Trading has about 150 employees, and it occupies a 3,000 square-foot space. The scene in Chopper’s break room is different from the bustling and intense when markets are open. Employees at Chopper Trading work as one and they even go out together after working hours. The employees take advantage of the season tickets in the company to take some time out and cheer on the Bulls, Sox, Blackhawks, and Cubs.
The nature of business for Chopper Trading can be stressful. That is why the company’s CEO keeps the atmosphere pleasant to ensure that employees get along with each other. The hiring process at Chopper Trading is different from other businesses. The hiring process is usually lengthy and involving, aiming at hiring employees who will retire from the company. The company’s CEO believes that employees should not make the firm or other employees miserable. Raj believes that employee-employer relationship is like a marriage where the employees want the firm, and the firm wants the employees. The firm tries to weed everything out when interviewing employees.