Raj Fernando is a businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder of two successful companies including Chopper Trading, where he was also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Scoutahead. Chopper Trading traded on several platforms including Nasdaq, CME, Cantor-Fitzgerald-espeed and ICAP-Broktek.
Fernando sold Chopper Trading in 2015 to Chicago based DRW Trading Group. Shortly after, Fernando started Scoutahead in 2016. He is the Chairman and CEO of the organization. The company goal is to improve professional and corporate growth through advanced communication systems.
When Fernando hires for his company he looks for potential employees who have a passion for the company and fit in with the company culture. He looks for candidates that work well with others and the candidate is a good fit for the company and the company is a good fit for the candidate. Fernando feels personality traits are just as important as technical skills when choosing potential employees. He likes to challenge candidates during the interview process with questions designed to see how they respond and think on their feet.
Fernando’s philanthropic efforts included serving on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a no kill animal shelter called PAWS. He has also supported the Chicago branch of Big Brothers – Big Sisters and the Wounded Warrior Project. He is also a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, as well as several other organizations. Mr. Fernando chooses organizations to support that match his own values and not only supports the organizations financially, but with time, as well.
He believes it is important to give back to the community and by doing so it helps to strengthen neighborhoods. A strong neighborhood is vibrant and economically strong and allows families to make a better life and provide children with a solid education.
Mr. Fernando’s educational background includes earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Beloit College in Wisconsin and attending University College in London.
He often credits his education with some of the success he has achieved in his life. Another part of the successful equation includes surrounding yourself with the best and brightest the industry has to offer.