Recently, Highland Capital Management co founder James Dondero was named to the Executive Board at a local business school. He was appointed to this position at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. His recent appointment is part of the expanded influence of James and his firm Highland Capital Management. Prior to this appointment, James and his company endowed the school with a program known as the Tower Scholars. With this program, a number of students will receive recognition for academic achievement. They will also be given mentorship and guidance to pursue future academic opportunities. The program also helps a number of students pursue professional opportunities as well. As a result, this program will allow students to more easily achieve their scholastic and career goals.
James Dondero is the co founder of Highland Capital Management. He has been running this firm since the early 1990’s and has established it as one of the leading investment firms in the world. Dondero looked to develop a company that would help manage the assets of large institutional investors. As a result, he founded the company to meet the needs of these types of organizations. In order to best assist these investors, Dondero offered a number of asset management service such as hedge funds, equity securities and also collateralized loan obligations. As a result of his assistance, many investors have been able to more easily and efficiently manage their money as well as increase their capital on a regular basis. James has expanded his firm to a number of international locations such as South Korea, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
Prior to becoming a finance professional, James would attend the University of Virginia. At this university, he studied accounting and finance which gave him a solid educational foundation in his field of choice. While at this university, James would excel and graduate with distinction of high honors. After completing college, James would enter the workforce and attain a position as a credit analyst for a finance firm. Over the years, he would advance his career and eventually get the position of chief investment officer. With his professional opportunity, James would manage up to $2 billion worth of assets for major companies such as American Express. Dondero would then found his own firm after working at this position.