Ray Fernando attended and graduated from Beloit College and the University College London. While in college in 1991, Ray Fernando began working both as a volunteer and in various professional positions at both the Chicago Mercantile and the Chicago Board of Trade. He worked in these positions and at these places until 2001. In 2002, he founded Chopper Trading which he has grown to an over 250 employee company. He was a leading trader at the company for a couple of years, but by 2004 he had succeeded in relinquishing trading so that he could concentrate on leading and developing the company.
It soon became known as a world-class professional company, but it was also known as a company with sterling employee morale and its abundance of camaraderie. This was a very intentional result. Very early on in the life of Chopper Trading, Fernando decided to concentrate on creating a very employee-friendly environment. His goal was to bring people to the Chopper Trading team who would remain with the company until retirement. He also only wanted to hire people who would contribute to the pleasant working atmosphere.
His work in this role has been so exemplary that he is highly respected as a great contributor to the work of the U.S. Commodity Trading Futures Commission. He has been a featured panelist and speaker at the commission. He has also assisted the government. For a brief time in 2011 he sat on the International Security Advisory Board, which advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2015 and 2016 he began a new chapter in his professional life by selling Chopper Trading to DRW Trading Group and starting the Internet-based,Scoutahead.
In addition to serving as the CEO and Chairman of this company, Fernando also assists with a number of philanthropic works. He has various strong hands in assisting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, PAWS Chicago, the Clinton Foundation, Wounded Warriors, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. Fernando can be easily reached by LinkedIn, Flickr, Google+, CrunchBase, and Facebook.