Jim Dondero can be described as an investment banker who has been working for different companies. He resides in Dallas, Texas, and has a remarkable resume. Mr. Dondero is currently working at Highland Capital Management. He is in charge of overseeing Highland’s investment operations and strategies for both institutional and retail products in the company. James has over three decades of experience in credit markets. Some of the experience includes being of the original pioneers of the CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation).
All funds that have been associated with James’s management have received many awards and/or accolades. Some of these accolades and awards include 2014 Morningstar’s number one ranked Healthcare Short/Long Equity Fund, Floating Rate Opportunities 2014’s Lipper Award and Morningstar’s five-star designation for Global Allocation in the same year.
Before Mr. Dondero started working for Highland, he was the CIO (Chief Investment Officer) for Protective Life’s GIC. He grew the business from scratch to $2 billion within a span of half a decade. Prior to his career at Protective Life, James managed for American Express about $1 billion in fixed income funds. He is a University of Virginia graduate, with an emphasis in finance and accounting. Mr. Dondero has earned the right to use the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, and is a certified CMA (Certified Management Accountant).
Furthermore, Mr. Dondero serves on both American Banknote and MGM Studios Board of Directors. He is also chairman of the board in several companies such as CCS Medical Corporation, Cornerstone Healthcare and NexBank. NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund gave him a position as the Portfolio Manager. James is also the President and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management. The company is an alternative asset manager that specializes in high-yield fixed income investments. Highland Capital management is also an affiliate advisor of NexPoint Advisors, L.P.
James Dondero, also known as Jim to his peers, has more than 30 years of experience in credit markets. He was instrumental in founding Highland Capital Management in 1993. Prior to founding the company, Jim was the CIO of Protective Life’s subsidiary. He was responsible for growing the organization from concept to more than $2 billion from 1989 to 1993. The growth is one of his biggest achievements in his career. As a portfolio manager, he has a lot of experience in different platforms. They include common stocks, preferred stocks, derivatives, real estate, emerging market debt, high-yield bonds, investment grade corporate, leveraged bank loans and mortgage-backed securities. His work in American Express was very impressive. To begin with, James managed fixed income funds of approximately $1 billion for the company.
James has had a lot of experience in the credit markets. He has also grown the equity of most of his clients at Highland Capital Management. Jim has had many positions in different companies. He serves in the board of directors of a number of companies, and he is also the chairman of the board in four different companies. Clients who have worked with him have described him as very professional.