Mr. James Dondero has remarkable experience in equity and credit markets for over 30 years. His focus is more on distressed and high yield investing. James Dondero partnered with Mark Okada in the founding of Highland back in 1993, where he currently serves as the President. He has pioneered in many HCM’s development projects such as credit-oriented solutions for retailers, and institutions from all over the world.
James Dondero holds several other leadership positions in organizations such as NexBank where he is the Chairman, CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and the NexPoint Residential Trust. It is also important to mention that He is a member of both the Jernigan and MGM studios Board. Mr. Dondero holds a degree from the University of Virginia. As a philanthropist, Mr. James Dondero is known to actively support education, public policy, and veteran’s affair
On 2nd November 2016, James Dondero was appointed to hold the position Southern Methodist University SMU’s Executive Board at the Cox School. The appointment of the Board of Highlands helped to expand the already SMU’s commitment; including support for the Presidential Library and Museum of George W. Bush. Also, encouraging and recognizing the professional and academic pursuits in Public Policy as well as the HCM tower scholars’ endowment.
The Cox School at SMU has significantly contributed to the community’s vibrant business in Dallas. The Highland is one of the program’s beneficiaries. According to James Dondero, his numerous excellence and growth initiatives which are currently ongoing will help a lot in the program.
The Executive Board of the SMU School comprises of about 100 members. The members are non-academicians, and they play a very critical role in advising the business school’s strategy. The Executive Board holds three organized meetings every year, in the winter, spring and the fall.
The Highland Capital Management has its headquarters in Dallas. The company is an Investment Adviser Registered by SEC and together with its affiliates owns about 16 dollar assets under their management. Highland focuses on credit strategies, Collateralized loan obligations, and private equity.