Chopper Trading and Big Brothers Big Sisters

For the third consecutive year, Chopper Trading has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago to provide one-on-one mentors for children ages six through 18. The mission of BBBS is, through a network of mentor volunteers, to provide high impact mentoring that enables lifelong success. The relationships that are created between the mentors (“Bigs”) and the children (“Littles”) are tremendous and truly help inspire the children to realize that they each possess unlimited potential, and a bright and positive future.

This month, Chopper accompanied a dozen children from Suder Elementary School, to the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Special Recreation Facility. The Chopper ”Bigs” and their “Littles” participated in UIC’s Team Challenge Program, which included activities focused on teamwork, cooperation and building trust amongst the members of the group. Like all of our previous outings with BBBS, this was a memorable day for all of us at Chopper and we hope that our time with the children has instilled in them the confidence to unlock their potential.

These relationships, built on trust and friendship, significantly impact the lives of these children. In fact, Public/Private Ventures – an independent Philadelphia-based national research organization – conducted a study of nearly one thousand boys and girls from eight Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country. The researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their “Bigs”, the ”Littles”, compared to those children not in the program, were:

  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 33% less likely to hit someone

They also found that the “Littles” were more confident about their performance in school and got along better with their families.


Raj Fernando Explains Recruiting Process at Chopper Trading

Each year, Chopper Trading travels to select schools to meet potential recruitment candidates and provide the opportunity to apply for a position with a dynamic, hard-working and intelligent team of professionals. The list includes some of the most well respected technical schools in the country, where Chopper competes with the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook, in addition to other trading firms, for the schools’ top graduates. Most recently, we visited Stanford University, where we spent the day getting to know the school’s bright, upcoming graduates and describing work and life at Chopper.

In addition to informative discussions and presentations, we often hold brainteaser competitions to give the students a taste of the level of thinking required at Chopper. The winner of these competitions always walks away with some kind of a prize, such as an iPad!

At Chopper, we offer an exciting, fast-paced environment for qualified graduates to launch and grow their careers. If you are interested in hearing more about working at Chopper, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook or visit  the Chopper Trading website for more information.

Learn more about Chopper Trading CEO Raj Fernando on CrunchBase.

Futures Industry Association Annual Meeting 2013

Earlier this month, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) hosted its annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., enabling senior derivatives professionals, legislators, regulators and reporters to gather and generate a thoughtful and impactful conversation that creates positive influences for our industry. The discussions for the last three years have been centered on financial reform and Washington’s increased interest in financial markets.

The FIA is the trade organization for the futures, options and OTC cleared derivatives markets. Chopper is a member of the FIA Principal Traders Group (FIA PTG), which is affiliated with the FIA, and presents a forum for firms trading their own capital to identify and discuss issues confronting their community.

We look forward to attending select FIA upcoming events.