James Dondero is the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, L.P. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Acquisition Corporation since 2016 and President, CEO and Chairman of Board of Directors at NexPoint Hospitality Capital, Inc. He Co-Founded the Highland Capital Management in 1993, a Portfolio Manager, and manages the private equity business. Visit jimdondero.com to know more about him.
Before founding the company, James worked at a GIC subsidiary of Protective Life as a chief investment officer. From 1989 to 1993, he helped grow the company to over $2 Billion. He has great experience in portfolio management of mortgage-backed securities, leveraged bank loans, high yield bonds, common stocks, preferred stocks and derivatives among others. In 1985-1989, he was the person behind a fixed income fund amounting to $1 Billion at American Express. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia where he attained a degree in accounting and Finance. He is also a Certified Managerial Accountant and holds the right to use the title of Chartered Financial Analyst.
Philanthropic Activities of James Dondero in Dallas
Besides running the portfolio management company, James Dondero is also known for his philanthropic activities in the community. He has been able to trigger growth and success in many organizations through his charitable efforts. His charitable activities in the Dallas community involve financial contributions through a powerful and positive force. He uses his entrepreneurial skills and foundation to create an impact on the Dallas community by delivering large-scale and strategic improvements.
Some of the organizations that have benefited from the philanthropic activities of James Dondero and his firm include The Family Place, The Dallas Zoo, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Education Is Freedom among others. Most of these activities are carried out by Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. James and the firm takes a strategic approach to carry out these activities to ensure that these organizations maximize their impact on society.
Recently, James Dondero joined hands with Linda Owen, the former CEO of the Woodwall Rodgers Park Foundation to help in achieving the charitable goals of the organization. Read more at Wikipedia about James Dondero.