One of the most notable finance professionals in recent years is James Dondero. He is the co founder and President of an investment firm based in Dallas, Texas called Highland Capital Management. Dondero co founded this firm in 1990 and has built it into one of the most reputable in the industry. Prior to starting up his own investment firm, James worked for other investment firms in the past where he would provide analysis and management of credit backed securities. James completed his education in Virginia where he would finish degrees in both accounting and finance. As well as being a finance executive, James is very active in his community as he participates in a number of important philanthropic activities.
James has spent many years managing credit based financial securities. When he first began his career, he would often provide analysis and evaluations of a number of different securities for investment firms. His first job was as a credit analyst for an investment firm. Over the years, he would hold positions of greater responsibility which culminated in becoming the chief investment officer. When he was a chief investment officer, he provided management of over a billion dollars in assets for companies that included American Express.
After working as an employee, James would start up his own investment firm in 1990. Along with co founder Mark Okada, James started up Highland Capital Management. When the company was first started, it specialized in providing numerous life insurance products for consumers. After a few years, James looked to provide more services that would benefit more clients. He introduced a number of new services such as wealth management and financial advising for individual investors and asset management for institutional investors such as corporations and government entities. Along with providing new services, Dondero also introduced hedge funds and private equity securities for clients to take advantage of.
During the course of his career, James has been devoted to his community. He provides funding for a number of causes such as community development, healthcare, education and veteran’s affairs. James frequently looks to help provide a positive impact on his community on a regular basis with these charitable activities.