James Dondero’s Past, Present and Future with Highland Capital Management


Before he gained acclaim for his incredible fiscal achievements with these companies, Dondero was managing around $1 billion in fixed income funds for the famous credit company known globally as American Express. Prior to co-founding Highland with Mr. Okada, James Dondero held the position of chief investment officer with Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary.

Throughout his tenure with that company,  Dondero effectively expanded their startup from the very framework up to a $2 billion corporation in merely five years.

With the initiative and sheer ingenuity of Highland Capital Management’s two founding partners back in early 1990, the company has managed to evolve into one of the most renowned and accredited alternative credit management companies on the planet.

James Dondero and Mark Okada’s joint endeavor with Protective Life Insurance Corporation featured specializations in fixed income markets which promoted the eventual success of the Protective Asset Management Company or “PAMCO” owned in part by an SEC investment advisor with Protective Life (60%) and partially (40%) by founding partners.

According to The Dallas Links, being a co-founder of Highland Capital Management of Dallas, Texas, James Dondero went on to become the current president of the company overseeing an array of investment strategies and procedures for a wide ranging assortment of products at Highland.

Due to his vast experience in the credit market which spanned the course of approximately three decades, James Dondero has gained a number of awards and accolades recognizing his career contributions within the industry. A couple of the more prominent honors include Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in 2014 as well as Morningstar’s #1 ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund in 2014.

At this time, Highland boasts more than 20 years of experience in an astonishing range of products for retails investors and institutional investors alike. While the team of over 180 staff members around the globe continues to grow, they maintain headquarters in Dallas, Texas with a web of offices in New York City, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Seoul.

Given their diverse base of clientele featuring pension plans, foundations, corporations, governments and high net worth individuals, Highland focuses efforts on bringing smart new products and valuable opportunities to capital investors.

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