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.
Scott Rocklage became the managing partner of 5AM Ventures. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the health care field. Other companies that he has served in his illustrious career include Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Nycomed Interventional. He was the board chairman at Cubist and the CEO at Nycomed. Scott has entered six drugs into clinical trials. The FDA has also approved applications for three drugs that Scott has been involved in. At the moment, he chairs the board at Achaogen, Semprus, and Relypsa.
Rocklage has more than 30 U.S. patents to his name. He has also authored or co-authored in more 100 peer-reviewed applications.
Rocklage did his undergraduate studies at California University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While doing his Ph.D., Scott did research in the Laboratory a famous Nobel Prize winner, Richard R. Schrock.
Scott worked for Nycomed Salutar between 1990 and 1994. From 1992 to 1994, he served as the chief executive officer of Nycomed Interventional. Rocklage then moved on to Cubist Pharmaceuticals in 1994. He worked there as a president and chief executive officer for seven years. Rocklage was the director of Protana between 1994 and 2004 and the director of Achaegon from 2004 to 2015.
Other companies that Scott has served in include Catalytical Pharmaceuticals and Salutar. Just before he moved to 5AM Ventures, he was the chief executive officer and president of Amersham Health.
Scott Rocklage has a wife known as Patty Rocklage. They are both kind givers. Recently, they donated a quarter of a million dollars to assist MIT in renovating their nanotechnology and nano-chemistry lab. The two were given a tour by Professor Bawendi and some of his students. MIT also paid tribute to the two and put up a plaque to honor Scott and his wife. Scott said that offering to pay up the renovation costs were part of his thanks to MIT for giving his professional life and career a foundation.
Eric Pulier is no stranger in the entrepreneurial field. His meteoric rise to prominence can only be attributed to his profound knowledge and vast experience as a top entrepreneur. Notably known as the Co-Founder of several companies such as US Interactive, Media Platform, Digital Evolution and ServiceMesh, Pulier’s diverse portfolio also includes an accomplished author, philanthropist and public speaker. Having founded over 15 companies, Pulier recently grabbed the headlines when he sold his latest company for $350 million. Quite an impressive feat for a self-made entrepreneur!
Mr. Eric Pulier is credited with harnessing bright ideas into fully-fledged startups with adequate funds in capital. His highly appreciated involvement in venture capital funding for various companies is a testament to his commitment to entrepreneurial growth and development. Enterprises such as eCompanies, Monitor Ventures and Trident Capital are some of the numerous firms that have benefited from his venture capital initiatives.
Pulier’s stellar reputation is primarily attributed to his extensive charity work intended to make the world a better place to live in. For starters, his commendable drive to adopt technology to solve persistent problems plaguing economically disadvantaged children has yielded impressive results since its recent inception. Pulier’s dedication ultimately led to the formation of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a multimedia educational program which focuses on educating people on Sclerosis and its designated remedy.
Eric’s unmatched expertise and proficiency recently earned him a top-billed honoree award at the US Doctors Africa event held in New York. Held in 2010, the highly-packed event aimed at paying tribute to Pulier and his relentless pursuit of technical innovation to the health care demands of the African population. Alternatively, Eric Pulier’s notable contribution to the development of the KPMG of Non-Profits has successfully instigated the distribution of safe drinking water across various regions within the continent.
Association with the Government
Courtesy of his immense entrepreneurial and technological contribution, Eric Pulier forged formidable partnerships with several influential personalities within the Government. For starters, his appointment as the supervisor to the construction of the “Bridge to the 21st Century” speaks volumes about his professional relationship with President Clinton.