Media Coverage of The American Security Project Discussion

Here is some additional media from the American Security Project‘s recent discussion, “American Competitiveness and National Security“. This event provided an excellent opportunity for myself and fellow speakers, Christine Todd Whitman, Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.), and August Cole to discuss the vital issue of our nation’s security and what key factors play a significant role in ensuring our protection.

Here is the video footage of our discussion.



Here are some photographs of the event.

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The American Security Project Discussion Invites Raj Fernando

As a board member of the American Security Project (ASP), I spoke at the ASP’s recent discussion, “American Competitiveness and National Security”, on November 28th. The event was centered on how repairing the U.S.’s declining global competitiveness is imperative to maintaining national security.

In addition to myself, the event was chaired by Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA administrator and governor of New Jersey; Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.), CEO of the American Security Project; and August Cole, adjunct fellow at the American Security Project. In conjunction with this engaging conversation, the ASP released a report, American Competitiveness:

A matter of national security, meant to complement our dialogue and serve as a call to action. The report provides decision makers in the public and private sectors with a new way of thinking about how they can improve America’s national security by fosteringthe nation’s competitiveness.

In my view, as a nation, it is critical that we consider the future of our country in terms of investing in infrastructure, immigration, education, and innovation, while not forgetting the importance of growing our way out of our financial deficit.

The ASP is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.

Read more about Raj Fernando on the American Security Project Board of Directors page.

Chopper Trading named in Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2012

Chopper Trading was recently named in Chicago Tribune’s annual Top Workplaces list. Each year,  companies ranging from banks to aerospace/defense contractors participate in surveys, in order to identify the top workplaces in the Chicago area. Chopper Trading was recognized for meeting high national standards out of over 250 organizations that participated in the poll!

Employees were asked a variety of questions, including how executive leadership is guiding the company, how well the firm performs, and how connected employees feel to their work.

This selection is another positive indicator of the commitment that I have made to investing in our employees and the community, as a whole. Congratulations to the entire Chopper team!

Read more about it here.

Read more Chopper Trading’s hiring strategy in the Smart Business Magazine interview with Raj Fernando.