Raj Fernando is an alumnus of Beloit College. Here, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and history. Raj is the owner and CEO of Chopper Trading Corporation, which is a mid-sized proprietary trading firm. It is headquartered in Chicago. Prior to establishing the company in 2002, he served as an active trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as well as the Chicago Board of Trade. Owing to increased client base, the company also established offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Washington D.C. At the corporation, employee turnover is very low. The Chicago Tribune ranks Chopper Trading as one of the leading work places, which is not a mean feat. Over the years, Fernando has been an active donor to the Democratic Party.
In 2011, he was appointed to the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB). Raj served for a the board short period. He then headed back to Chopper Trading. Raj has been heavily involved in many charitable causes in the United States, especially in Chicago. Additionally, he is a committed governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as a dedicated member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Raj Fernando understands that trading is usually intense. This has made him provide Chopper’s 150 employees with an environment that enables them to unwind and interact. The CEO designed the favorable working atmosphere to ensure that his team relaxes and releases work-related stresses. His hiring techniques are different from most of his competitors. His approach to the recruitment process is that it should be lengthy in order to get the ideal employees that identify with the objectives of the firm. To him, it is not how an individual will make money for the company, but rather on how one will enhance his or her livelihoods. Raj Fernando believes in having employees that will work with his firm until they retire. At Chopper Trading, the diverse workforce works together. This situation has enhanced cohesion at the firm, thus augmenting the entity’s productivity and profitability margins.