Mr James Dondero has a successful career as the collaborative founder and President of the company Highland Capital Management (HCM). Highland Capital Management is a leader in developing the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market as well as solutions for loans. The company works with investors in retail and business from all around the world.
Mr James Dondero has been in the business of equity markets and credit for more than 30 years. Mr James Dondero is a former student of the University of Virginia. He also studied at the McIntire School of Commerce from which he majored in Finance and Accounting.
In addition to being President and founder of Highland capital management, Mr James Dondero also holds the position of Chairman of NexBank and several other institutions such as NexPoint Residential Trust, CCS Medical, as well as Cornerstone Healthcare. He is also a part of MGM Studios and Jernigan Capital where he provides his skills as a board member of both of these companies.
Previously, Mr James Dondero was a park of the IC subsidiary of Protective Life where he worked as Chief Investment Officer. He used to work as a Corporate Bond Analyst and then Portfolio Manager at the giant American Express.
In November 2016, Mr James Dondero became a part of the Executive Board of the renowned Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. His company Highland Capital Management has been a strong supporter of SMU. There is a program that encourages and recognizes the students to pursue their academic and professional goals.
The Executive Board of the Cox School of Business involves approximately a hundred members. Most of them are not academics, but they do provide advisory services for the strategy of the Cox School of Business. The Executive Board holds meetings three times each year. There is a meeting during the winter, the spring, and during the autumn. There is a large number or project currently being executed or underway. In an interview, Mr James Dondero stated that he is very excited to take part in the initiatives and assist in the growth and development of one of the best academic institutions in the area.