Raj Fernando: the Trading Genius and Terrific Dealmaker

Raj Fernando obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Beloit College. He also studied at the renowned University College London. Fernando is the current chief executive officer of Scoutahead, a company based in Chicago. He has worked closely with US Commodity Trading Futures Commission by supporting its mission. In 2010, Fernando participated in discussions about disruptive trading practices. He has also spoken to shareholders at the annual Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference on matters of business and trading.

Fernando’s corporate works

Fernando began his success journey in the business world when he was in college. His first job was as a volunteer at Chicago Mercantile Exchange and later at Chicago Board of Trade. After being employed for over a decade, he began his company, Chopper Trading. With Fernando as the CEO, the company experienced tremendous growth, employing over 250 people. Recruitment at Chopper Trading was unique, unlike other companies that shortlist 30 people only to hire three upon putting them in tedious vetting procedures. Fernando came up with a policy whereby the recruiting team attended job fairs at top schools to acquire skills of sourcing best talents.

The growth of Chopper Trading was observed by it trading its stocks at Eurex, ICAP-Broketek, CME, LSE, and Nasdaq. Chopper Trading was sold to DRW Trading Group back in 2015.Upon selling his first company, Fernando began a communication systems company that he currently heads known as Scoutahead. This company aims to improve communication systems in companies. Scoutahead offers an avenue for employees to participate in determining their evaluation criteria. It allows employees to get continuous feedback from their co-workers before their formal review.

Fernando’s philanthropic acts

Fernando is a recognized philanthropist, who has awarded generous grants to community-based organizations that advocate for animal rights and quality education. He demonstrates his care for animals by serving on the board of directors for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter. He is also on the board of trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Fernando philanthropic acts are further demonstrated by showing his unrelenting support to Wounded Warriors, Big Brothers Big Sisters located in Metropolitan Chicago, and by supporting the Clinton Foundation.

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