James Dondero of Highland Capital Management is a successful businessman that is just as interested in using his business acumen to benefit his local community as pursuing capital gains. Dondero makes sure that in his role as the chief executive officer and president of the Dallas-based company that he included charitable pursuits as an integral part of company operations from the beginning. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
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Dondero has himself been a resident of Dallas for more than 20 years now since he and Highland Capital co-founder Mark Okada made the decision to relocate the headquarters of the company from Los Angeles to the city of Dallas. Since this time, Dondero has focused his company’s philanthropical efforts on his local community.
One particular project of interest for James Dondero and Highland Capital Management is the Towers School Program at Southern Methodist University, named in the company’s honor, that provides support to undergraduates pursuing degrees in political and international affairs that have demonstrated exceptional achievement.
Highland Capital gifted $2 million to the program and James Dondero explains that initiatives designed to transform education are a major focus of Highland Capital’s charitable giving program. He also expressed his admiration for the work done by SMU in the community and commends them for the opportunities the school provides to students to meet and interact with national and global leaders.
Since the program’s inception, SMU has graduated its first class of Towers Scholars from the Highland Capital Management Program and they are a source of pride for Dondero as he has watched closely as they have gone on to launch successful early careers in the fields of their choice in some cases, and for others, their academic excellence has continued in the pursuit of higher degree opportunities.
About James Dondero
James Dondero is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management, a company that has earned the distinction as the largest collateral manager of collateral-based loans in the United States based on dollar amount. Mr. Dondero possesses more than 30 years of experience working with credit markets and is also both the chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Highland Capital Management Acquisition Company. Follow James on Linkedin.