Ridgecrest was founded in 2005 by two Wall Street veterans, with the aim of providing products and services to the financial services community.
The company’s initial focus was on trading and investment technology, but has over time encompassed general high performance transaction systems, web technologies, graphics and UI development.
Recognizing the fact that consumers are now demanding convenience and appreciate methods of reducing time spent on day-to-day tasks, the company is currently focused on a variety of online solutions which would appeal to technology savvy consumers.
Mr. Sanath Fernando, who co-founded Ridgecrest Financial in the United States, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ridgecrest.
Mr. Fernando is a product of D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo and was a professional athlete. He holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and BSEcon in Finance also from The University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Fernando's career spans over 19 years, of which 13 years was in the securities industry where he held several high profile positions such as Managing Director of Schwab Soundview Capital Markets, Vice President of Epoch Partners, and Principal of Banc of America Securities.
At Schwab Soundview Mr. Fernando ran the program trading technology group, giving the trading desk the ability to differentiate itself with technology and the technology team for the program trading business at Banc of America Securities. At Epoch Partners he ran the trading technology organization, building an equity trading platform on a shoestring budget and spinning off a trading technology startup.
At the start of his securities career, Mr. Fernando developed quantitative trading systems at Susquehanna International Group. Prior to Susquehanna, he worked as an engineer at a small embedded system company.
Mr. Fernando is a Citizen of the United States of America. He is married with two children.
He returned to this Country to establish and run the Ridgecrest Sri Lanka office.
Mr. Fernando is a member of the Presidential Task Force and functions as the ambassador for English & ICT development.
Ridgecrest is made up of a dynamic team of multi-disciplinary professionals and support staff. They come from scientific, technical, managerial, and professional disciplines. Staff members are diligently selected with particular consideration given to their experience, values and ability to cater to the individual needs of our customers.
We have five major departments: Engineering, Quality Assurance, Support, Admin/Finance and Marketing.
Given that the Ridgecrest work environment is a unique blend of work and fun, new strategies and approaches are constantly used to bring about a paradigm shift in individual and team behavior. Ridgecrest focuses on continuous staff education, keeping abreast of new technologies and new developments in our client business domains.
The contributions of Ridgecrest staff are numerous and varied and underpin the Company's important "Embracing Technology, Empowering People" ethos.
Commitment to social responsibility runs through the entire company.
We strongly believe that the future of Sri Lanka rests in the hands of future generations and hence are strongly committed to preparing the next generation of leaders and workers and improving the public schools in Sri Lanka. Our programs pave the way for reforms in the public school systems around the country.
We are also working with schools in rural areas to grant them access to IT & English education.
We believe in doing our bit to improve the IT skills of children in rural schools and as an initial step donated computers to a school in the outskirts of Matara. We also took on the responsibility of educating some of the teachers in this school so that they could pass on the knowledge gained to their students.
IT-BPO Career Fair
The Company has participated in several IT-BPO career fairs in order to raise awareness of the importance of an IT education and the role it plays in our day-to-day lives.
We believe in giving to the not so fortunate and the staff at Ridgecrest periodically collects funds and resources to distribute among orphanages in Sri Lanka.