Raj Fernando is an American businessman widely renowned for his fundraising and philanthropic activities. But he did not start as a popular philanthropist and respected businessman. The 45-year old Raj started off from a relatively humble background and worked his way up to founding and leading highly successful national brands. Currently, Raj heads Scoutahead Company that he founded in mid-2016 after selling his old successful technological powerhouse, Chopper Trading Company. But how did he end up owning such powerful brands?
Raj started embarked on his success journey while in Beloit College from whence he graduated with Bachelors in Economics and History. While in college, Raj Fernando volunteered for a trading position with the Chicago Mercantile thereby learning the basics of trading that would form the base for his career and entrepreneurial success. After graduation, he took up a job with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from 1991 to 2001 where he quickly rose to leadership and served in several trading and managerial roles including serving on the Chicago Board of Trade.
The entrepreneurial success journey
In 2002, Raj left the Chicago Mercantile trade to establish Chopper Trading Company that he transformed into a national brand and a technological hub for the trading tools. Under his leadership, Chopper trading grew from a small trading company with only four employees in 2002 to a regional powerhouse with more than 200 employees and five offices in 2015. The success of the business coupled with his philanthropic activities and donations to the political parties elevated his status in the society.
Philanthropy and political affiliations
Raj has especially been instrumental in championing the Clinton’s Foundation founded by former American President, Bill Clinton. He is also a member of different local and internationally affiliated policy groups and associations thanks to his wealth of experience in the implementation of trade security measures in Chopper Trading Company. For instance, he is a board member of the American Security Project, a foreign policy leadership committee as well as board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Brooklyn’s Institution.
Nevertheless, Raj sold Chopper Trading in 2015 and proceeded to establish the Scoutahead Company. Scoutahead specializes on the human resource allocation in areas of productivity enhancement and bettering enterprise communications through improving workforce engagement.
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