James Dondero is an American, a certified management accountant, a chartered financial analyst, an investor, and businessman. He is perhaps best known as the co-founder of Highland Capital Management (HCM) which, along with his longtime friend James Okada, he launched in 1993. At HCM he is responsible for handling distressed investments and hedge fund management.
Dondero is presently living in Dallas, Texas. He has garnered more than three decades in credit and equity markets. Online sources indicate it all began with a formal education.
Following his graduation from high school, Dondero attended the University of Virginia. It was there that he earned his undergraduate degree in finance and accounting.
Dondero has also scored a number of different awards for his different skills. They include such honors as the Lipper Award and Morningstar’s Award. One of his more recent achievements was Dondero’s nomination to the executive board of a well-known Dallas institution known as the Southern Methodist University.
He was given the position because he demonstrated a commitment to improving the education of young people in the local Dallas area. After all, Dondero is reportedly known for his involvement in the community. This was not, in fact, his first interaction with the educational institution.
For example, he was a supporter of both the construction of their library and the institution’s public policy. Dondero has also publicly stated the university has a major impact on the number of professionals presently in the Dallas area. He also noted that his business, Highland Capital Management has also benefited.
The Board And More
The board is made up of 100 individuals from diverse areas including non-academic members. Their main purpose is to advise the other board members on different issues. This newly appointed board meets a total of three times a year: spring, fall, and winter.
Dondero has similar responsibilities elsewhere. He has been on the boards of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, Jernigan Capital, and even MGM Studios. Finally, Dondero also currently serves on the NexPoint Residential Trust Board and, of course, the NexBank Board.