James Dondero is the president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management, an SEC-registered investment adviser. The company provides an array of solutions like separate accounts, hedge funds, CLOs, ETFs, mutual funds and special and distressed situations private equity.
Highland Capital Management has a history of being a leading alternative asset manager with a focus on the healthcare sector. The firm manages almost $23 billion in healthcare assets in the form of mutual funds and institutional funds.
James Dondero and his partner, Mark Okada founded Highland Capital Management in 1993. Mr. Dondero currently oversees the company’s investment strategies and activities for both retail and institutional products. The Dallas-based analyst has more than 30 years of experience in credit and equity markets and includes being one of the pioneers of Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO).
In 1984, James Dondero started his career as an analyst when he joined the Morgan Guaranty training program. It was in the same year when he graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
James graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in commerce with an emphasis in accounting and finance. Jim is also a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
According to PR News Wire, James Dondero is a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote as well as the chairman of CCS Medical, Nexbank, and Cornerstone Healthcare. Besides this, Mr. Dondero is an active philanthropist who supports initiatives in public policy, education and veteran’s affairs.
Earlier in October 2016, James Dondero announced that his firm had given a challenge grant of $1 million to help The Family Place raise a total of $28 million for the Legacy Campaign in the next six months. The grant announcement was made at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas during The Family Place’s 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon.
This came after Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in a joint statement that they needed the community’s help in fighting domestic violence.
The grant was proposed through Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic department of Highland Capital Management. It will provide an equivalent of 50% to any funds raised for the campaign up to $1 million from the announced date all through to April 4, 2017.
The Family Place is the largest shelter for victims of domestic violence in the state of Texas. The organization works to eliminate domestic violence via taking proactive measures, intervention, advocacy, extensive community education and helping victims and their families.