James Dondero is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based investment firm. He worked in the credit and equity markets for over 30 years. His company, Highland Capital Management is one of the most experienced credit managers in the United States, with over $18 billion worth of assets under management. James Dondero’s relentless efforts at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce earned him the highest honors in Accounting and Finance. He is also certified as a Public Accountant and Certified Managerial Accountant.
James Dondero supports projects related to veterans, healthcare and educational reforms in Dallas. Over time, James Dondero has donated millions in proceeds to charities and non-profiting organizations. His passion for education and partnership with The Dallas Foundation pushed him to provide opportunities for the Dallas residents. That prompted him to partner with organizations such as The Family Place, Snowball Express, Uplift Education, and the Dallas Zoo. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
Currently, James Dondero is working with Linda Owen, the former president and CEO of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation on a project geared towards improving the Dallas community. Linda Owen will bridge Mr. James Dondero’s vision with the nonprofit investors to improve living standards in Northern Texas. Mr. Dondero has trust in Linda Owen for her reputation in building efficient public-private partnerships in Dallas. Follow James on Linkedin.
Under Mr. Dondero’s leadership, Highland Capital Management has been specializing in collateralized loan obligations and credit-oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors all over the world. In May 2015, James Dondero was appointed to serve on the board of directors of Nexpoint Residential Trust. He previously worked as a Corporate Bond Analyst before working his way up as a Portfolio Manager at American Express from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Dondero began his career as a financial analyst at the Morgan Guaranty training program. He once served on the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. Before founding Highland Capital Management in 1993, James Dondero worked as a Chief Investment Officer at Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary. His relentless efforts helped to grow the firm from a concept company to a net worth of $2 billion in a 4-year period.