James Dondero, a resident of Dallas, graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in accounting and finance holding the designations of CMA, CPA, and CFA and then started his career journey. He founded Highland Capital Management Company in 1993 and is the president of the company. James has over thirty years of experience in the investing market. He worked as a credit investor and then left to start his business. Highland Capital is a top rated company in the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market in offering award-winning products and solutions for both retail and institutional investors globally.
Moreover, Dondero serves as a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios. James also works as a board of directors Chairman at Nexbank Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical. Dondero worked at American Express between 1985 and 1989.as a Corporate Bond Analyst and a Portfolio Manager. He started his analyst career in 1984 after being taken into the Morgan Guaranty training program. James was a Chief Investment Officer and helped to build the GIC subsidiary of protective life between 1989 and 1993. Mr. Dondero founded Nexbank Company and is the president of the company.
Mr. Dondero is an active philanthropist who has supported a vast array of organizations in Dallas. For example, Dallas residents used to travel to Africa to see hippos for the last 15 years. James and other philanthropists contributed to the reconstruction of a state-of the-art hippo outpost at the Dallas Zoo.
Dallas residents were very pleased and appreciated James Dondero’s generous act. His philanthropy acts have benefited many other organizations such as Snowball Express, SMU’s Tower Scholars Program, and Education is Freedom Charity, Uplift Education among other organizations in Dallas and worldwide.
Also, James is a board member at the Jernigan Capital, a company that directly lends and offers loans developing the community’s financial needs. James Dondero is a blessing to Dallas, from his contribution to Dallas economy to his philanthropic activities. Mr. Dondero is dedicated, determined and is successful in all his aspects benefiting Dallas residents.