Raj Fernando created, and is now the chief executive, of a company named Scoutahead. Before starting Scoutahead, he created a company called Chopper Trading. Fernando’s early influences gave him the skill knowledge and ability to create the companies that he did. When Fernando was still in college he volunteered at the Chicago Board of Trade. Fernando was ambitious, and very talented, so he moved his way up through the company fairly quickly. He worked with Chicago Board of Trade from 1991 to 2001.
In 2002 Fernando felt he was ready to move on. He then created Chopper Trading. The company quickly grew and eventually had more than 250 employees. The company traded on different venues such as the Nasdaq, LSE, Eurex, and Cantor Fitzgerald – espeed. Raj Fernando was also a part of the US Commodity Trading Futures Commision. During this time he worked to promote their core values and mission of more open, transparent, and stable markets. In the year 2010, Fernando was asked to be one of the speakers for the Commision’s discussion about trading practices that were stopping progression of the field.
Later on, in the year 2013, Fernando was also able to speak to an international audience about his work and expertise at the Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference. During this presentation, Fernando spoke to shareholders in an industry forum venue. Fernando wanted to focus on other endeavors, so in 2015 he sold his first company, Chopper Trading to DRW Trading Group.
Scoutahead was the next step for Fernando. Scoutahead is an internet start up that was created to promote corporate and professional growth through newer communication systems that were secure for the companies. In addition to his companies, Fernando also makes giving back a priority. He is one of the board of trustee members for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also is on the board for an animal shelter called PAWS. This animal shelter is committed to not killing animals that they have in their facility.