Raj Fernando – A True Difference-Maker

There are a lot of titles you can attribute to Raj Fernando. He is a businessman, donor, philanthropist, and political fundraiser. He began cultivating all these skills while he was earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and History at Beloit College. At that time, he volunteered at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In 2002, Raj Fernando started the Chopper Trading Company. This was a technology based trading company that made trades on the worldwide exchange. Though he began at the lowest entry level job, he quickly moved through the ranks to become the company’s CEO. He built Chopper into a technological powerhouse with over 250 employees. He advanced through the ranks because he focused on open, competitive and financially sound markets. As CEO, he designed, implemented, and managed sophisticated risk management systems.

In 2015, Fernando sold Chopper and moved on to become the Founder and CEO of Scoutahead. This internet startup company was created to improve corporate and professional growth and productivity. Through Scoutahead, Fernando was able to promote cyber security initiatives. These initiatives were developed using secure and advanced communication systems. Fernando made it a point to recruit only A-listers for his new company because he wanted employees for life. One goal of the lengthy hiring process was to be sure to get an employee with the attitude that fit the culture of the company. Fernando was sure to take care of his employees as well. He created a family atmosphere with a relaxed and pleasant environment. This was to counteract the high pressure and stress of the work performed. Scoutahead also created a template for a more innovative and employee centered annual review process. This system has employees setting their own goals and reviewing their own performance, while receiving regular feedback from their supervisors.

Despite his schedule, Raj Fernando still finds time for Philanthropic ventures. He is on the Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and PAWS. He also supports the Wounded Warrior Project and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Raj Fernando is clearly a difference maker.

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