In 1993, one James Dondero and Mark Okada co-founded one of the leading asset management firms in the United States, Highland Capital Management. The firm, which is SEC registered as an investment adviser now manages around $ 17 billion in assets making it one of the top credit managing firms to reckon with. James, who also serves as the company’s president, has now teamed up with Linda Owen, the Dallas Civic leader in a bid to expand Highland Capital’s philanthropic activities. Linda Owen boards the Highland-bus as the manager for charitable giving through the Dallas Foundation. She is a key asset packed with experience as she is the former president of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, and also CEO of The Real Estate Council (TREC).
Linda meets the opportunity to work with Highland Capital optimistically as she looks forward to doing her best to help the firm advance their charitable giving program to higher levels. James Dondero includes that Linda is the right candidate since she shares the company’s vision of causing a considerable impact in the community with immediate effect. Linda’s ability to build successful public-private partnerships in Dallas impressed Dondero.
Highland Capital’s dedication to giving is impressive. Apart from contributing more than $ 3 million to charity annually, its employees selflessly devote their time and energy to provide solutions to the challenges encountered by the non-profits and are always seeking new ways to support these causes. The causes supported include the collective Dallas community, education, healthcare and veterans causes. Some beneficiaries include the George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Center for Brain Health, the Dallas Zoo, Snowball Express, and the American Heart Society.
About James Dondero
He is a veteran in the credit market industry with an experience base of over thirty years. James is also among the pioneers of the Collateral Loan Obligation. Before Highland, Jim served as the Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary from its startup to a $ 2 billion worth in five short years.
James Dondero is an alumnus of the University of Virginia where he graduated with a major in Accounting and Finance. He is also a Certified Management Accountant with the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He also serves as board chairman for NexBank, CCs Medical Corporation and Cornerstone Healthcare in between being board member for MGM Studios and American Banknote