Eric Pulier is an innovator who knows no boundaries when its come to his ideas. He’s been a computer programmer and software developer, a businessman, a political and social activist, and even a writer. He’s currently serving on the Xprize board of innovators, an initiative whose aim is to inspire young entrepreneurs to solve real life problems through coming up with afforable technology that can address the problems. Eric Pulier also has put together programs for young children who have to battle tough illnesses. including The Painted Turtle which is a summer camp that accommodates these young children in a way that they can have the fun that other kids do.
Pulier has been in the IT industry for nearly 20 years, but he’s not singularly focused on just making his own profits off of his products, but on helping others with them. After graduating from Harvard in 1988, Pulier’s first venture company was People Doing Things, a Los Angeles-based company that focused on finding solutions to local issues such as health care and education reform through technological developments. His first major company that led to a chain of other subsidiary companies and solutions was Digital Evolution, a company that offers web services and security platforms, and in more recent years cloud-based infrastructure. Some notable solutions that have emerged from Digital Evolution are Desktone, a virtual desktop solution that’s now part of VMware’s enterprise package, and ServiceMesh, an integrated IT management system that’s now owned by the Computer Sciences Corporation.
Pulier has helped the Clinton Global Initiative in its efforts to tackle global environmental and social issues. As part of a celebration of Clinton’s 1996 re-election, Pulier headed the Bridge To The 21st Century, an exhibition that showed how technology would change the future of everyday life. Included in that exhibit was a live stream of astronauts in the space shuttle that had launched prior to that event.
John Goullet is the Principal Chair of Diversant, LLC, the largest African-American owned IT Staffing firm in the United States. The goal of this company is to find, recruit and prepare skilled IT workers for the job world and match them up with companies that are looking for their exact skills. Diversant’s mission statement is all about doing what its name implies; diversifying the IT industry with people of all ethnicities and backgrounds, and giving underprivileged young people a chance to succeed by connecting them to the corporate world. Diversant has been an instrument to do this through local foundations and scholarship programs, and through working with minority business development councils. Diversant, LLC even offers tuition reimbursement to job seekers who qualify.
John Goullet has been a long-time IT expert working both as a computer technician and a consultant. He got his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ursinus College and has worked for multiple IT firms such as CSC, Cap Gemini America, TSR Consultants and The Constell Group. After more than 10 years of doing consulting for various IT companies, Goullet decided it was time to take things a step further by giving those companies more skilled workers who could solve their problems.
Info Technologies grew fast enough that in 5 years it had made a net gain of $30 million, and also won a spotlight in INC. Magazine’s top fastest-growing fortune 500 companies. Info Technologies remained an IT staffing powerhouse until 2010 when it merged with Gene Waddy’s DIVERSANT Inc. to become Diversant, LLC. The merger has allowed Info Technologies to expand their operations not just in the New Jersey and New York City areas, but across the whole US, and Diversant continues to open new offices in places like Dallas, TX and Raleigh, NC.
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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