Raj Fernando is an entrepreneur who founded the company Chopper Trading in the year 2002. He has lived and worked in the city of Chicago for many years. Beginning in 1996, he worked at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and one year later he became a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He continued with his position at the CBOT for 7 years and in the position of cash bond trader.
Chopper Trading, Raj Fernando’s company, is a dynamic fast paced work environment. He has 150 employees in his spacious office. They work as hard as possible when the market is open but continue to bond with each other through games like tennis, poker, or going to sporting events when they are off the job. Raj wants his employees to be as happy as possible because he knows how stressful their jobs can be. Some other companies will bring in as many new hires as possible then grind them through a training program that 90% of them will quit. Out of 30 hires, only 3 might remain after a few months due to stress. Raj’s philosophy is different. He thinks of employment at Chopper trading as a marriage where both parties have to be happy. He does not want any of his valued employees to leave because they are prized by him. As a result of this attitude, he has an incredibly low turnover rate compared to the rest of the industry.
Fernando also cares deeply about his community and his country. He has been involved in many philanthropic efforts over the years. Raj chose to become a part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s governing board, and also takes part in the leadership of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Caring deeply about Chicago, Raj supported Barack Obama when he ran for president in 2008. Raj devoted considerable amounts of his personal time to raising funds for Obama’s campaign. In addition, Raj has helped the Clinton Foundation with its work. At one point in time Raj Fernando even worked on a committee that advised Hillary Clinton on international security issues.
In a story recently aired by SproutNews (http://www.12newsnow.com/story/31366182/avi-weisfogel-dds-launches-gofundme-campaign-set-up-to-benefit-operation-smile), it was announced that New Jersey dentist Avi Weisfogel has initiated a charity campaign through GoFundMe to fund Operation Smile. At the launch of the campaign, Dr.Weisfogel announced that his goal was $2000 in funding to aid the globally-active organization. GoFundMe is a crowdfunding site that allows individuals to initiate calls for support for and to contribute online to a variety of causes.
Initiated in the Philippines in 1982, Operation Smile is a non-profit organization devoted to correcting facial deformities caused by cleft palate and cleft palate. These birth defects are relatively common, but are easily corrected by simple facial surgery procedures. However, in many third-world countries, families do not have access to such medical interventions, with the result that many children have to learn to live with a deformity that isolates and alienates them. To rectify this situation, Operation Smile has not only provided more than a quarter of a million free surgeries to young people in more than sixty countries around the world. It has also established educational programs for training local physicians and set up student-leadership missions.
Operation Smile is an organization that richly deserves support. But it’s also a cause dear to Avi Weisfogel’s heart. Since earning his DDS at the New York University School of Dentistry, Dr. Weisfogel has, in addition to establishing a highly successful dental practice in Old Bridge, New Jersey and garnering numerous awards for dental excellence, emerged as a leading authority on how the structure of a person’s jaw, teeth, and throat can affect one’s sleep. Weisfogel now heads several organizations devoted to treating sleep apnea, and is active in educating other dentists in technics to treat sleep disorders through oral appliances and other means. Through his generous support of Operation Smile, Avi Weisfogel is promoting a cause that truly resonates with his own contributions to dental science.
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