James Dondero is proud to work and live in the Dallas, Texas area. He is the Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, or HCM, and has proven himself as one of the top investment advisors in the nation. His 30 years of experience has given him the edge that is needed in today’s busy marketplace.
Just the Beginning
Dondero found his calling while attending the University of Virginia where he graduated with highest honors, receiving a degree in Accounting and Finance. He has the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Working towards Success
He started his career as an analyst and worked for American Express. Before starting HCM, he was the Chief Investment Officer at GIC, a subsidiary of Protective Life. He has been involved in the equity and credit markets for over 30 years with a focus on distressed and high-yield investing. Highland Capital Management was started in 1993 with the goal of creating credit solutions for retail and institutional investors. The marketing strategies include hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity funds, REITs, ETFs, and institutional separate accounts. James Dondero serves on several boards and is currently Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, Nexbank, and CCS Medical.
James Dondero is well known as an alternative investment manager but he is also seen as a philanthropist who is proud to help his community. Highland Capital Management and The Dallas Foundation have joined forces to help make their communities a better place to live. James has always supported nonprofits in and around Dallas, so joining with the Dallas Foundation just made sense. He has supported education opportunities, health care initiatives, and veteran affairs for many years. Dondero sees a bright future for people in need who are looking to better their lives. His vision is to continue to grow Highland Capital Management through innovative management practices and give back to the community that he calls home.