Even though the trading floor is often intense and busy whenever the money markets are open, the state of affairs at Chopper Trading is totally opposite at closing time. The firm’s trading floor covers a whopping 3,000 square feet. More often than less, you will find its 150 employees engaging in fun activities such as weight lifting, poker, or table tennis. Most evenings after work, you are likely to find them going out together to cheer their favorite sports teams.
Chopper Trading’s founder and CEO Raj Fernando, concedes that long working hours can be taxing. Therefore, he strives to ensure that the atmosphere is pleasant enough to alleviate part of the stress. This goes a long way in ensuring that employees get along. Unlike other financial services providers, Raj uses a nonconformist hiring strategy. A lengthy and meticulous hiring technique ensures that those who are brought on board serve the firm until they retire. Fernando points out that since starting the firm in 2002, he has been endeavoring to only recruit “A” players. This has been crucial to his company’s success.
About Raj Fernando
Mr. Fernando is one of Chicago’s most prolific entrepreneurs. He has distinguished himself in the corporate world by being the brains behind successful ventures, which include Chopper Trading and Scoutahead. During his collegiate years, Raj worked at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a volunteer. This opened up his eyes to the huge potential that the money markets had. Working at the organization for close to a decade also gave him deep insights about running a successful financial services company. This saw him start Chopper Trading in 2002.
Due to the astute leadership provided by Mr. Fernando, Chopper Trading has grown into a recognizable firm. It trades on LSE, ICE, Eurex, CME, ICAP-Broketek, and Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed. Raj has similarly been involved in efforts aimed at fostering financial markets that are transparent, financially sound, competitive, and open. He does this in partnership with organizations such as the Commodity Trading Futures Commission. He has also worked as a panelist on forums aimed at addressing disruptive trading practices. Besides his corporate duties, Mr. Fernando is a devoted humanitarian and fundraiser.