James Dondero graduated with the highest honors from the University of Virginia with majors in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Dondero (Jim) is known for his role in Highland Capital Management as the co-founder and president of the firm. Jim is also the founder and president of NexPoint Advisors. NexBank, Highland Capital Management, and NexPoint Advisors are affiliates of NexPoint real Estate Advisors which managed over $21 billion is assets by the end of March 2015.
Having worked in various companies and rising through the ladder, Dondero has an experience of 30 years in credit and equity markets. Before he co-founded Highlands, he was a Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life where he helped raise its subsidiary from inception to a value of $2 billion from 1989 to 1993. Jim has particular experience in financial products for emerging markets, mortgage-backed securities, leveraged bank loans, derivatives and common stocks.
The investment strategy of Highland Capital Management has been changing for the last 20 years. The company started with generating alternative investment products to suit the needs of its clients. It used both the bottom-up research approach and the top-down approach to identify investments with the highest potential returns in various market sectors and classes. Mark Okada is responsible for setting top-down risk positions and the portfolio’s risk targets. One of the strengths of the firm is strong communication between James Dondero and Mark Okada
Apart from investment management, Highland Capital Management is also involved in community and charity work. Its contribution to charity amounts to $3 million annually through The Dallas Foundation. To expand its charity fund and improve its efficiency, the firm recently teamed up with Linda Owen to serve as the company’s charitable fund manager.
According to Owen, Highland is one of the companies committed to philanthropy that inspires many people. More remarkable is the fact that Highland’s commitment goes beyond funding to a point where employees dedicate their time and energy to participate as board members. Participation is critical to creating better solutions to the societal challenges and look for alternative ways to support the various causes. Owen was also delighted to be given a chance to work with such a dedicated team.