Having worked in the finance industry for an excess of three decades, CEO James Dondero has been able to excel in the management of various investment firms. His contribution in solving puzzles surrounding emerging trends, debt deals, and turnarounds are well known. He works in collaboration with executive Mark Okada in growing Highland Capital Management. In 1993, they partnered with an insurance firm and moved the company headquarters to Dallas. Highland Capital Management donates to various charity organizations and has a workforce of about 165 employees.
When they began this company, their initial idea was credit although they were able to grow this business into a non-bank collateralized loan obligation firm. Their interest in alternative investment has led them to form several alternative mutual funds. In 2012, they expanded their business to Argentina and took over the country’s sovereign debt. In Argentina, this company developed partnerships with entrepreneurs in the oil business. Dondero has interests in emerging companies, such as wind power and pharmaceutical enterprises.
About James Dondero
James Dondero is the managing head of Highland Capital Management and a veteran in equity and credit markets. Dondero has worked for various corporations since 1984. He studied at the University of Virginia where he graduated from the school of commerce with honors. Dondero is a certified accountant who holds certifications, including Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He has held various executive and non-executive positions in most of the companies he has worked for in the finance industry. Some the firms Dondero has worked for include American Express where he worked as a corporate bond analysis. Within a period of four years, he was able to raise to the position of the company’s portfolio manager where he was able to raise more than $1 billion in capital for the firm.
Dondero has also worked for Protective Life GIV as its chief investment officer. Since he began working at Highland Capital Management, Dondero has been able to build this company into a million dollar enterprise with assets worth $19 billion. Under his management, this company has been able to develop affiliates, including NexPoint Advisors, Acis Capital Management, NexPoint Residential Trust, and NexPoint Capital. He has also enabled the business to win various awards, such as the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities.