james dondero

Achievements of James Dondero in the Financial Industry



James Dondero aka Jim CPA, CFA and CMA, is an established financial expert based in Dallas, Texas. He is the co-founder, president and Chairman of the board of Highland Capital Management. Jim has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Therefore, making him the best suited for the leadership roles of Highland Capital. He graduated Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Commerce, majoring in the Field of Accounting and Finance. With time he pursued professional courses acquiring certifications in Public Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Financial Analysis.



Jim started his career as a financial analyst in the Morgan Guaranty Training program. The following year, he successfully finished the program and was taken in by American Express, working as a corporate bond analysis officer. His exemplary skills earned him a promotion within no time. He was promoted to the position of Portfolio Manager. In this position, he was given the responsibility of managing over $1 billion fixed income fund.



Jim worked for America Express for a period of four years before leaving to work for Protective Life Corporation. At Protective Life Corporation, he placed in charge of the Guaranteed Investment Contract. He helped co-create this unit and as such was made the CEO of that unit. He worked at GIC from the year 1989 to the year 1993, growing the unit from $0 to over $1 billion worth of assets.



When James Dondero left GIC in the year 1993, he decided to venture into entrepreneurship. That year, he co-founded Highland Capital Management. He is in charge of directing the Highland team to structuring innovative products for their commercial and retail clients. He has been working as a managing partner and president of the company since the year 1993. Under his leadership, the company has grown to have assets worth over $14 billion. Dondero continues to positively influence the financial industry, working for various companies including Nexbank Residential Trust, holding the positions of Chairman and president of the company.

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