James Dondero is the co founder and president of Highland Capital Management. This firm is a financial services company based in Dallas, Texas. The firm also has a number of office locations in other locations such as Brazil, Singapore and South Korea. Dondero has built this firm into one of the leading firms in the industry. What has made Dondero a successful financial services company co founder is his introduction to collateralized loan obligations. He specializes in helping a number of investors manage credit and debt backed securities. Along with offering this form of assistance, Dondero has also provided a number of other financial services that help investors such as wealth management, asset management and advising. When he is not running his firm, James frequently participates in a number of charitable activities.
Before James started up his financial services company, he worked for a number of investment firms as an employee. His first job was working as a credit securities analyst. At this position, he would go over a number of credit based securities and help determine if they will help his firm more efficiently manage their investment portfolio. During the next several years, James would move on to higher ranking positions at the investment firm. Shortly before he began his company, he last worked as a chief investment officer. At this position, Dondero helped oversee the investment portfolio and assets of large major corporations such as American Express.
While James has been involved in the financial industry for a number of years, he first received a high level of education in order to gain the theoretical knowledge of finance. He attended the University of Virginia where he majored in accounting and finance. When he graduated from college, he finished with high honors. This allowed him to establish himself as a top student. After finishing college, James then began to pursue his career.
Dondero participates in a number of charitable activities in his spare time. On a regular basis, he donates his funds to a number of causes that help improve the community. He recently held a luncheon where he encouraged people to help raise $2 million for The Dallas Project that helps individuals who suffer from family violence. Along with this charitable activity, James also provides funds for causes pertaining to healthcare, education, community policy and veteran’s affairs.