Raj Fernando is the Founder and CEO of Scoutahead, an internet start-up aimed toward giving companies, professionals, and students access to information needed to advance their careers. Fernando got his start in trading while attending school at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He volunteered at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as well as the Chicago Board of Trade from 1991 to 2001.
Using the experience he gained while an undergraduate, Fernando founded Chopper Trading in 2002 which he ran successfully and sold in 2015 to DRW Trading Group. During his time as CEO of Chopper trading, Fernando hired over 250 employees and traded the Nasdaq, Eurex, and Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed among others. Fernando contributed the success and growth of Chopper Trading to the hands-on approach he took as the CEO. While most companies will only interview a prospective employee for a few hours, Fernando would spread the interview out over several days, allowing the interviewee to meet several members of his staff before having an individual interview with Fernando. According to Raj Fernando, this process produced a higher employee retention rate within the company.
At the same time he was operating Chopper Trading, Fernando was also contributing to the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC) and served as a featured panelist in 2010 to speak about disruptive trading practices. This commission aimed at supporting competitive, transparent, and a financially stable market.
In addition to running successful companies, Fernando also contributes to many philanthropic agencies within Chicago and supports the following organizations: Wounded Warriors, PAWS Chicago, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. He serves on the board of directors for the American Security Project as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Leadership Committee.