A recent online article by The Charlotte Observer offered readers some of the highlights of Highland Capital Management and its co-founder, James Dondero. Over twenty years ago, Jim partnered with Mark Okada and launched Highland Capital Management. They wanted a company that could specialize in diversifying bank loans into secured portfolios, says the article. The Highland Capital team now manages billions of dollars in assests for things such as mutual funds, trusts, equity funds, and other varieties of investments.
Highland Capital is considered one of the top American leaders of alternative credit managing, reports the article. The company has won several coveted awards and has been lauded in many financial publications. Recently, Highland Capital won the 2015 HFM US Hedge Fund Performance Award. The company also hired Terry Jones, a top financial analyst who has been consulting with them for a few months. Jones has years of experience in the financing and investment sectors. Dondero and his executive team have expressed their faith in Jones’ ability to take the company to a higher level of expertise.
According to the article, Jim Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with highest honors with degrees in Accounting and Financing. After graduation, he earned certification as a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Certified Management Accountant. In the early 1980’s, Dondero worked for American Express as a Portfolio Manager and a Corporate Bond Analyst. He was instrumental in the creation Protective Life’s subsidiary, GIC. Not only is he a founding board member of Highland Capital, but he also sits on the executive boards of MGM studios, NexBank, and American Banknote, says the article.
Jim Dondero has always been a believer in giving back to the community and has done so on several occasions. He has been involved in several charitable activities that involve children, education, and medical research. Jim has also contributed to special causes such as Reserve Aid and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He continues to lead Highland Capital toward more innovations that benefit their global clients. Highland Capital has its main office in Dallas, TX and has branch offices in New York City, Seoul, Singapore, and Sao Paulo.