Business 101: James Dondero

James Dondero, Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, lives in Dallas, TX and is also both CFA and CMA with over 30 years in training and experience because, as he says, “In this unique business, with its multiple opportunities for extension and cross-referencing, you truly never stop learning indeed”. Before working for Highland Capital Management, he was the Chief Investment Officer for GIC’s Protective Life and resigned in 1993. Prior to this experience, he was a Portfolio Manager for the renowned American Express itself, just after serving as a Corporate Bond Analyst for the company.

 

Mr. James Dondero is also a current member of the boards for American Banknote and MGM Studios respectively. In addition, he actively gives to numerous philanthropic efforts in public policy, education enrichment and veteran’s affairs. He contributed his best efforts to the Nexpoint fund NHF for many years and has both gained knowledge, wisdom and skill and made a world of difference to the area of traditional asset allocation in his very capturing approach. He has also become an expert on credit markets, equities, collateral loan obligations, commerce and accounting. He has assisted numerous reputable institutions around the world in high-yields, distress investing, corporate bonds, analysis, retail and institutional investment with proposed credit solutions.

 

Last month, Barron’s dedicated an article to this unique leader and posted it online as well as on the official Highland Capital Management website . The title is appealing and accurate, attracting many potential business partners, prospects and clients to what this man has done and the company’s future. In particular, the piece details Dondero’s claimed strengths and strategies regarding winning on alternative investment debt deals, trends and turnarounds. The article claims that he makes bold bets and takes a chance but eventually wins every time, examples for any leader in training to shadow. The article begins with honoring Dondero’s unique biography as one that speaks for itself and paints an interesting story into his current life and standing; one sees the pieces coming together in beautiful unity as we now have the finished piece of who this man is.

 

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