Having amassed $31 billion in total assets Highland Capital Management has gained a reputation of financial excellence for its innovative Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLO). The CLO is a diverse pool of capital funds, which uses integrated credit analysis to provide secure loans for retail and institutional investors. Highland has won numerous awards for its global investment services, including the 5 star designation by Morningstar.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas Highland was co-founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada in 1993. And currently, Dondero serves as Managing Partner, President and Portfolio Manager. In addition, he’s also Chairman and Director of Highland’s affiliate organizations including HCM Acquisition Company and Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors.
After graduating from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with the highest honors in 1984, James Dondero was accepted into a training program, hosted by Morgan Guaranty. His career in the financial services industry began the following year in 1985, when Dondero joined the American Express Corporation; first as a Bond Analyst and later being promoted to Portfolio Manager. While at American Express he managed a fund that grew to $1 billion in assets; he remained there for four years. In his next career position as Chief Investment Officer at Protective Life Corporation, he guided a fund to $2 billion in assets. He holds active certifications as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
The sum total of James Dondero career experience is 30 years. Because of this expertise, Dondero is a respected board member for several different organizations including the Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holdings, American Banknote and NexBank Capital, Inc. and MGM Studios. Outside of his professional obligations, Dondero and Highland also maintain community involvement through financial contributions to several non-profits. Highland Capital Management Corporation is committed to helping non-profits in Dallas and Fort Worth area succeed by providing millions in annual funding. Highland Capital’s charity recipients include: the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, the Family Place and Southern Methodist University’s Highland Capital Management Towers Scholars Program and the Dallas Zoo, to name a few.