Raj Fernando is a leading American Businessman and the present chief executive officer of Scoutahead.com. He is also the founder of Chopper Trading. Before creating Chopper Trading, he was a star trader in both the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Raj served on the CBOT floor for seven years from 1996 to 2003. Additionally, Fernando has served as a member of the exchange starting in 1997. He worked as a cash bond trader prior to starting Chopper Trading in 2002.
He understands that business can be stressful a times. For this reason, Fernando notes that it is important for employees to get along. To achieve that, Fernando ensures that the business surrounding atmosphere is as pleasant as possible. Additionally, when it comes to new employees, Fernando uses a different approach. His hiring approach is both lengthy as well as involving. That is because he does not prefer a scenario of bringing in 30 prospective employees, train them, and end up hiring only three.
His strategy is meant to bring employees that will retire from the company. He established a basic rule of hiring employees when he created Chopper Trading. That is ensuring that they bring on board employees that want to join the firm. He prefers those that will positively impact the company and its employees rather than the ones that will make it more money while making the team miserable. For him, it goes both ways just like a marriage. That is why he recruits A players.
Raj Fernando is a supporter of numerous philanthropic initiatives in Chicago and around the United States. He serves in both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a governing member as well as member respectively. Fernando is a leading fundraiser for democratic candidates. He is also a prolific contributor to democratic causes. In 2011, Fernando was ranked as the third leading fundraiser for the Obama campaign by a Washington Post Story. Apart from President Obama, Fernando has also raised funds for the William J. Clinton Foundation. This year, Fernando formed Scoutahead.com. It is a platform that conducts surveys for individuals and institutions.