James Dondero, Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management

Posted in Uncategorized on Aug 02, 2017

James Dondero has over 30 years of experience in both the credit and equity markets. He is also a co-founder and president of the Highland Capital Management company. James has used his vast knowledge of to help guide and focus the company to offer several award-winning products and solutions for both institutional and retail investors. It is no wonder that, with his direction of the company, that Highland Capital Management has approximately $14.9 billion in assets.

James Dondero began his career in 1984 as an analyst when he joined the Morgan Guaranty training program. He later graduated that same year from the University of McIntire School of Commerce where he earned dual majors in accounting and also finance. That wasn’t too much for him to take on as he excelled and graduated with the highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi). As if his resume wasn’t already impressive he also holds certifications as a Certified Management Accounted (CMA) and also as a Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA).

Taking his education to businesses such as American Express in 1985 he was able to take on the role of a Corporate Bond Analysis and later throughout his time with the company as the Portfolio Manager where he was in charge of over $1 Billion in fixed income funds before leaving the company in 1989. His accomplishments didn’t stop following him as he went to work for Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary in 1989 and grew to $2 billion under his guidance and direction with the company.

It wasn’t too much longer after that he was able to help create the Highland Capital Management where success continues to follow him in the direction and leadership of his company in finances. On top of being the president of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is also chairman of the board of NexBank, NexPoint, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical and many more organizations. He is very generous to numerous charities and helps support various operations like the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Uplift Education and other scholar programs.

With his long list of achievements throughout his career, it is no wonder that James Dondero has created a brand that people can trust and his company, Highland Capital Management, was named one of the best places to work in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal. He has helped create a business based on a solid foundation and has been cited by many of his clients as having the highest quality workforce that has the clients best interests at heart.

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