James Dondero has recently been appointed to the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. As the president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management, Dondero’s entrepreneurial expertise will offer a valuable asset to the business school’s board. In addition to his new position, Dondero and Highland Capital Management have been strong supporters of Southern Methodist University for many years. More specifically, the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars encourages and aids individuals who pursue areas of public policy both academically and professionally. Additionally, Dondero is a consistent supporter of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Before co-founding Highland Capital Management, James Dondero accumulated years of valuable experience and knowledge. He attended the University of Virginia and graduated with highest honors. Dondero continued his education at the McIntire School of Commerce and received dual majors in Finance and Accounting. In addition to an extensive education, Dondero also pursued several certificates and qualifications. He has received recognition as a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Dondero’s professional career began in 1984 as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program. Soon after, he joined forces with American Express as a Corporate Bond Analyst. Dondero was eventually hired to Portfolio Manager with millions worth of assets under his care. The GIC subsidiary of Protective Life hired Dondero in 1989 to help successfully grow them grow out of inception.
Highland Capital Management was co-founded by James Dondero in 1993 as an SEC-registered investment adviser. To date, the company is managing around $16 billion in assets. Highland Capital Management offers clients a wide range of credit and investment services including credit hedge funds, private equity funds and mutual funds, ETFs, REITs and Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO). Highland Capital Management has received recognition and several awards for their services. In fact, the company is a leading developer in the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. Besides his involvement at Highland Capital Management, Dondero is a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote. He also serves as Chairman for Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and NexBank.
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