There are not many people that can claim to have the expertise of an experienced investor and credit manager quite like James Dondero. As Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, James D. Dondero is one of the top names in investment and hedge fund management history. With 30 years of experience in the market, he is responsible for managing millions of dollars in retail and institutional investments and has received multiple awards for excellence in his field. Such distinctions include Morningstar’s Global Allocation, the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities, and was given the highest rank in the Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund, all of which were received in 2014 alone. These awards were well deserved; Dondero’s long career as a financial analyst started with his education through the McIntire School of Commerce and earned the highest honors with a dual degree in both Finance and Accounting. Through the years following his studies, he has received certification as a CPA, CMA, and a CFA.
Dondero’s certifications came from dedicated hard work, and three decades of hands-on experience in the credit management field. His first employment of note happened in 1985, where he was hired as a bond analyst for American Express. During his time with the credit company, he was promoted to Portfolio Manager, where he managed $1 billion in funds from fixed incomes. Four years later, he left American Express and instead became the CIO of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary. With James Dondero’s investment strategies, the company experienced rapid growth, thriving as a business. It wasn’t until 1993 that James Dondero started up Highland Funds as an alternative credit management company. Today, Mr. Dondero serves on numerous boards for companies such as MGM and American Banknote but also sits as Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and NextBank. He is also a supporter of non-profit and charitable establishments such as the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Education is Freedom, Uplift Education, among numerous others.