Who Is Jim Dondero?

Jim Dondero has been in the credit and equity markets for more than 30 years. He has spent much of this time working on investment opportunities that are distressed as well as those that yield high returns. His vast experience culminated in the founding of Highland Capital Management, L.P. He currently serves as the President of the firm.

Academic Background

About Jim Dondero, he was a student at the University of Virginia where he majored in finance and accounting. He was an industrious student and was awarded with the Beta Gamma Sigma (the highest honors) for his exploits in school. He is a Certified Managerial Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant having successfully earned both these certificates.

Career

In 1984, the J.P. Morgan training program gave him an opportunity to serve as an analyst. This was the first step in his illustrious career. He joined American Express the following year and served them for four years. Jim Dondero left the firm as a portfolio manager having previously served as a corporate bond analyst. Protective Life was his next stop. He played a pivotal role in the creation of the firm’s GIC subsidiary. Four years later the subsidiary had a staggering $2 billion in assets thanks to the leadership skills of Jim Dondero who served as the CEO during this period. In 1993, he joined hands with a few of his colleagues to establish Highland Capital Management. The firm has made a name in the collateralized loan obligation market. It has also made head ways in providing credit-oriented solutions and is a recognized leader in both sectors.

Philanthropy

Aside from his prowess in management, Jim Dondero is well known for his philanthropic activities. He contributes generously to causes that are based on public policies, education, as well as the affairs of veterans.

Boards

A number of school boards and councils have sought his rich knowledge in the management of different institutions. George Bush’s Presidential Center as well as The Southern Methodist University are some of the institutions he serves.

 

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