Local businessman James Dondero is a successful executive in the financial industry. From 1989 to 1993 he was the chief investment officer for Protective Life. Prior to this, he worked for both American Express and in the training program of JP Morgan. In 1993 he and a business partner founded the company that would come to be called Highland Capital Management, L.P. His company is, for which he is the president, is an SEC-registered investment adviser. They have about $20 billion in assets under management and provide the funds they created to both corporate and government investors as well as high net worth individuals. Visit his website at jamesdondero.com.
James Dondero is an expert at investing in alternative assets. He was one of the earliest to start trading collateralized loan obligations, for example. Other specialties he possesses are investing in distressed assets, high-yielding assets, and hedge funds. At Capital Management he both creates and manages a number of actively managed mutual funds.
He is involved in other Dallas-based companies as well. NexBank Capital, Inc. is a company for which he serves as the chairman of the board. He is also the chairman for two other companies, CCS Medical, Inc. and Cornerstone Healthcare Group Holding, Inc. He sits on the board for two other organizations, MGM Holdings, Inc. and Jernigan Capital, Inc.
As someone who wants to share his business acumen and expertise, James Dondero is on the executive board of the Cox School of Business – Southern Methodist University. He is a philanthropist in other ways as well. The types of nonprofits he gives money to are primarily focused on public policy, education, and veterans affairs. He was also one of the major donors to The Family Place when they were raising money to build a new emergency shelter for people fleeing abusive relationships.
James Dondero graduated with a degree in commerce from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce in 1984. He holds a number of financial certifications as well, such as Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Managerial Accountant, and Certified Public Accountant. Read more about James Dondero on Bloomberg.com.