Raj Fernando is a great example of what is possible when people dedicate their time, energy and intellect to a goal. Fernando’s goal was to be successful at investing. To do so he began to volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange while he was still in college. Between 1991 and 2001 he worked his way up from the lowest to the highest positions at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. By 2002 he had the knowledge and experience to found and run Chopper Trading. With Fernando as CEO Chopper Trading amassed a staff of more than 250 of the world’s brightest traders and engineers and made a fortune trading on the CME as well as Nasdaq, Eurex, ICE, LSE, ICAP-Broketek and Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed.
Prior to founding Chopper Trading Fernando earned bachelor’s degrees from Beloit College in Wisconsin in economics and history. He says beside his experience on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, the key to his success at Chopper Trading was surrounding himself with the brightest and best people possible. He also regularly took time to gather valuable insight and information from his staff. Fernando turned Chopper Trading into a technological powerhouse by designing, implementing and managing some of the financial industry’s most sophisticated trading, risk management, monitoring, communications and source code security systems.
Fernando has worked with the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission in its mission to foster markets that are transparent, open, competitive, and financially sound. In 2010 he was a featured panelist that spoke on disruptive trading practices at the Commission’s discussion.
He launched internet start-up Scoutahead.com™ in 2016. The company provides companies and individuals with the most trusted, secure and advanced communications systems and provides the information necessary to increase professional and corporate growth and productivity.
Today Raj Fernando supports philanthropic efforts in Chicago and throughout the United States and is on the board of many organizations.