James Dondero currently serves at Highland Capital Management L.P as co-founder and president. He attended University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and graduated with a bachelor of commerce majoring in finance and accounting in 1984. Dondero has certification in both public accountancy and managerial accountancy that earned his designation as Chartered Finance Analyst. Visit his website at jamesdondero.com.
James Dondero career journey
Dondero is the current president at Highland Capital Management founded in 1993 and he has over 30 years of experience in the equity and credit market. Under his leadership, Highland Capital Management has been able to offer award-winning solutions and products from both the retail and institutional investors. The company has $13.5 billion estimated assets and has received numerous awards recently including, 2014 Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities, 5-star designation from Morningstar for Global Allocation and it was ranked top in the Healthcare Short/ Long Equity Fund in 2014.
James Dondero also serves as the chairman of the Nexpoint, CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare and NexBank boards. He is a board member at MGM Studios, American Banknote and Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.
His career began at JP Morgan Training Program in 1984, where he served as an analyst. He joined American Express in 1985 as a corporate bond analyst and was promoted to portfolio manager; he left in 1989. He was part of the investors that created Protective Life subsidiary the GIC as the chief investment officer. While at GIC he helped it to get to over $2 billion from inception.
Dondero Philanthropic Activities
James Dondero has always been dedicated too philanthropic activities as he strives to make an impact in Dallas, as he is thrilled to work in a company that cares about providing rewarding experiences to the Dallas residents. He together with the Highland Capital Management funded the George W. Bush Presidential Library Institute and Perot Museum of Natural sciences.
Dondero also helps the Dallas Zoo. In solidarity with the president and CEO of the Dallas Foundation, Mary Jalonick, they formed the Highland Dallas Foundation Inc. that serves in the comprehensive way of selecting charitable activities for James. The foundation focuses on North Texas and supports, various civic organizations, educational needs, veterans and health care concerns. Read more about James Dondero on Bloomberg.com.