Highland Capital Management, located on Noel Road in Dallas, Texas was founded in 1933. On April 25,2016, James Dondero was names President of the company. Dondero has 30 plus years experience in the world of finance; focusing mainly on equity and credit. Graduating from the McIntire School of Commerce at theUniversity of Virginia’s with majors in both accounting and finance, as well as receiving his CMA and CFA certificates, Dondero is more than qualified in the financial world. His extensive work history includes 4 years with American Express, and 5 years with Protective Life GIC subsidiary. He is also one of the original founders of the Collateralized Loan Obligation.
Highland Capital Management offers a wide array of investment options such as: institutional accounts, CLOs, private equity funds, hedge-funds, REITs, ETFs, and mutual funds; but mostly focuses on credit-oriented solutions for institutions and retail investors. Dondero has been labeled the largest manager in dollar amount of collateralized loan obligations in the U.S.
HCM also contributes millions of dollars each year to charities and non-profits around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dondero focuses the donations on improvements in education, veteran affairs, public policy, and healthcare. Dondero works with The Dallas Foundation; a public charity that works to improve life in North Texas by connecting nonprofits with donors. A few of the organizations that receive financial support from Highland Capital Management include; Perot Museum of Nature and Science, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Brain Health, the Dallas Zoo, Uplift Education, Snowball Express, American Heart Association, The Family Place, Education is Freedom, and Capital for Kids. HCM has also worked with Southern Methodist University to establish a scholarship program; SMUs HCM Towers Scholarship Program.
Dondero’s company has received numerous awards throughout the years including the 5-star designation for Global Allocation from Morningstar, and 3 consecutive years of receiving the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities.
As if being Co-Founder and President of HCM isn’t enough, James Dondero is also the chairman of Nexbank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical.