From The Hedges To The Galleries

Adam Sender built a career in managing hedge funds while exploring new frontiers, venturing into the art world. As a hedge fund manager, Sender founded Exis Capital Management, and in its prime he managed an in excess of a billion dollars in assets. During this time, he also amassed a collection of over four hundred contemporary art pieces with an astonishing net worth of over seventy million dollars. Lucky for him, as he ended his hedge fund business, he had his extensive collection to fall back on for income.

The Senders Collection, as it has been named, has loaned pieces to the Guggenheim and Los Angeles County Museum of art. At one point, Sender considered purchasing an old church nearby his home to display his some eight hundred piece collection, but soon abandoned that idea in favor of taking a position at the Parrish Art Museum. In 2012, Senders transformed former Miami home into a week long art venue to draw on the art crowds coming to Art Basel Miami Beach. During this week his five thousand square foot home was turned into an art exhibit itself. Sarah Aibel, the Sender Collection’s curator cleverly displayed over 70 pieces of his collection in provocative and thoughtful places throughout the house. Closets, bathrooms, and hallways alike were turned into a beautiful display of art, with art. The concept of the display was art taking over a home, and Ms. Aibel certainly hit the nail on the head with it.

Sender has enlisted the help of Sotheby’s to sell a portion of his collection, saying this of the pieces he has gathered, “When I started buying art, I never thought that this was going to turn into what it turned into” – a kind of snapshot of how contemporary art has evolved in the past 30 years.’ He is reportedly keeping some of his collection, and will be adding select pieces to it looking to continue with art collecting and trading as a career.

James Dondero Investment Banker

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.

Doe Deere, A Genuine Self-Made Renaissance Woman

Doe Deere, also known as Xenia, came to the United States in 1999, from Russia. She married a man named Mark and they are still married today after 16 years. That’s very admirable in this day and age. Ms. Deere has had many experiences in many different fields, trying to find her niche, and it seems she has found it in the cosmetics industry. Along the way, she has acquired a knowledge of many different things, which makes her a true renaissance woman.

Ms. Deere and her husband, Mark, started a rock band in 2002, called Sky Salt. Their sound was a combination of heavy rock and music that is heard in a music box; the two sounds which are almost polar opposites of each other. Ms. Deere calls it fairytale rock. Ms. Deere and Sky Salt were doing a photoshoot and she decided she needed a certain style of clothes, so she searched on eBay for these perfect clothes, and that’s when her eBay clothing store, Thunderwear on storyexhange, was born. She decided she would have an eBay store that sold the kind of clothes, she prefers to wear. It was her first venture in sales. It was also a venture in fashion design, because Ms. Deere altered the clothes she was selling and re-designed them, so they bared no resemblance to the original pieces.

In 2004, her eBay store, Thunderwear, went through a transition in which it would no longer sell other people’s designs, but it would sell only her clothing designs, hence, it was christened, Lime Crime. While designing clothes, she worked with bright color combinations and patterns, and she honed her own style. This was a style she would be known for because it became her signature style and it wouldn’t be limited to fashion design. In late 2004, she established limecrime.net, a website she designed and created herself, to market her fashion designs the way she wanted to. Ms. Deere was her own boss and she called the shots in how she would run her business and market her fashion designs.

Ms. Deere started experimenting with different kinds and colors of makeup and perfecting her own makeup techniques, which she would display on her Lime Crime website. In 2005, she started doing makeup tutorials on her website. She got many requests from her followers for many different kinds of makeup looks and techniques, that it became apparent to Ms. Deere that her makeup tutorials were more popular than her fashion designs. In 2006, her Lime Crime website centered only on makeup. Although, Ms. Deere’s website was doing well and it was immensely popular, there were other things that were happening in her life that preoccupied her.

Her band, Sky Salt, broke up and she became despondent because her dream of being a musician wouldn’t be realized. She stopped doing everything that she loved doing. She got a job at an investment bank. But still she wasn’t happy. A year went by and she decided she would do a musical solo project and Doe Deere was brought to life. Ms. Deere recorded a 5 song album, called Supernatural, that did very well on the charts. Even though Ms. Deere was accomplishing what she wanted to on the music front, something was still missing. Ms. Deere loves creating music but she realized she loved color more. Working with color and makeup gave her an outlet to express herself, the way music couldn’t.

Ms. Deere decided to devote all of her time, energy, and effort to Lime Crime. She decided to establish a blogazine where she could display her tutorials and her other products. Ms. Deere realized that she could create the perfect makeup line with the colors that she loved, displaying them using her makeup techniques, on her website and blogazine. She figured that there wasn’t a makeup line like the one she wanted to create, so she did. She created her own makeup line, complete with beautiful packaging, and marketing, and Lime Crime Makeup was born in October 2008. She had finally realized her dream and she became an established, self-made woman in the process.

James Dondero’s Path to Success

Jim Dondero, the high-Powered Dallas hedge fund manager, is a commerce graduate of the University of Virginia with a major in accounting and finance. He began his career as an investment analyst in 1984 and has served in various organizations at different positions and , in the process, played a critical role in shaping the investment industry over time.

James Dondero is a co-founder and the CEO of Highland capital Management. He resides in Dallas, Texas, where Highland is headquartered. Through Highland Capital, he has become popular as a pioneer in the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation Market and Credit Oriented Solutions for investors and global institutions. His experience in credit markets spans over 30 years. Dondero’s portfolio management include leveraged bank loans, derivatives, preferred stocks and common stocks, mortgage-backed securities, emerging markets, and investment grade corporates.

Before founding Highland in 1993, James Dondero was the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. Within duration of five years, under his able leadership, the business grew swiftly from concept to over two Billion US Dollars. His success at the subsidiary of Protective Life is often associated with his prior experience and education background. During the period leading to his appointment to lead the company, Dondero managed approximately one Billion US Dollars in fixed income funds for American Express. Prior to that, he completed the financial training program at JP Morgan.

Highland Capital Management is an SEC-registered investment advisor and is one of the largest and most experienced global alternative credit investment managers. According to information from credible industry sources, the firm has total assets under management of approximately $20 billion. Highland specializes in credit investment. However, they also invest a small portion of this AUM in equities. Highland pride themselves in their diversified client base that foundations, funds of funds, high net-worth individuals, endowments, corporations, financial institutions, and public pension plans.

Dondero is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of NextPoint Residential Trust at the same time. In May 12 2015, Nextpoint announced that James Dondero and Arthur Laffer had been appointed as members of their board of directors. In the words of Brian Mitts, Chief Financial Officer of NexPoint Residential Trust, the company is excited and is looking forward to seeing the added value and expertise that the two high-quality individuals would bring to their team.

Apart from NextPoint Residential Trust, Dondero serves on the Board Directors for American Banknote and MGM Studios. He is also serving as the Chairman of the Board for CCs Medical Corporation, and Cornerstone Healthcare.

James Dondero’s hard work has borne fruit in his career. Funds associated with his management have received several prestigious awards. Some of these awards are the Morning Star’s number one Health care Long and Short Equity Fund in 2014, Morning Star’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in 2014, and the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities in 2014. Dondero’s path to success is evidently a long one. It is also characterized with dedication to service and servant leadership.

Status Labs Is Helping Out Other Austin Businesses

Status Labs is the only company of its kind in Austin, Texas, and that has made it very valuable to the chamber of commerce there. The chamber asked it to partner with them and help the businesses in the area to maintain good images online. This partnership will not just help out the other businesses in Austin, but it will also help Status Labs, and so it is an overall good thing for both the chamber and the company.
Status Labs is a company that focuses on making sure that its clients’ images are being kept clean online, and it knows how to do that well. It monitors all that is going on in the online world, and it makes sure that those that it is trying to protect always stay safe and clean online. It tries to keep them safe and to make sure that their reputations are never ruined because of the lies that can be said of them online.
So, while Status Labs has moved on beyond its hometown of Austin, Texas, it has always been happy to help out the city where it got its start. It is glad to partner with the chamber of commerce to help out other businesses that have gotten their start in Austin, Texas, as well. There is just something so great about the place where a company first gets its start, and that is why Status Labs has always felt a connection with Austin, Texas despite moving on to New York City and bigger things.

Citadel and its Affiliates

Citadel is a financial institution that was founded in 1990. The company is in the business of asset management with over $26 billion to manage. It also trades in securities where it transacts in products such as swapping of interest rates for clients in retail, equities and options in equity.

Citadel manages assets for multiple international investors which include pensions and wealth funds. The company also manages university endowments. With the latest equipment and a steady risk culture guided by research, the company is an authority in local and international markets. The company headquarters is in Chicago and it has offices in Europe and Asia.

Our risk management team at Citadel identifies performance drivers and risk areas. This team is also responsible for the definition of the company’s risk tolerance and providing guidelines for such risks. The team also works to develop technology platforms which support management and estimation of risk.

At Citadel we strive to keep a steady risk culture by having a management process that can identify and manage risks. Indeed, a good relationship with investment teams coupled with an understanding of the various portfolios account for our strong risk patterns.

Citadel Securities

This Citadel Affiliate was established in 2002 to provide liquidity to institutional clients. Citadel securities make markets in almost 18,000 OTC securities all over the world. It is also present in over 7,000 listed securities in USA. Recently ranked by Baron as the #1 for providing price improvements in non- S&P and S&P shares to clients, Citadel value continues to soar.

Citadel Technology

This is another affiliate of Citadel that was established in 2009. This company offers its clients technology that is integral in investment management. This technology is designed and developed at Citadel. In order to strengthen its team and extend its reach in the market Citadel technology partnered with REDI. Now Citadel’s OMS (Order management system) and REDI’s EMS (execution management capabilities) work as one to better their services to their clientele.

Community Participation

In giving back to the community Citadel does not hold back seeing as it provides educational opportunities to children from humble backgrounds. The company is also in the front line of provision of financial assistance to people with financially crippling medical conditions. Working with food banks and donating to food depositories earned Citadel the highest ranking in contributions to welfare needs in 2015.

Ken Griffin is the founder of Citadel where he also works as its CEO. He is estimated to be worth $6.6 billion as of May 2015. His contributions and philanthropy have been estimated to be about $500 million. Griffin’s donation of $150 million to Harvard University’s aid program was ranked as the highest ever made to the University in history. Born in 1968, Griffins started investing while still in college. It was while still in college that he launched a hedge fund. Upon graduation from Harvard University he was provided with $1 million by Glenwood Capital founder Frank Meyer to invest. It is reported by the New York Times that Griffins made 70% returns on the $1 million invested by Frank Meyer.

Digital Crisis Manager Darius Fisher Improves Online Reputations

It is possible to lose control of digital information about a person or business. This can cause real problems for a reputation. Reputations are heavily vested in first impressions and the same can be true about a web presence. A reputation on the digital level must be managed and kept free of wrong information or abuse of information by others who disregard the person behind the reputation but abuse the related information for selfish purposes. Darius Fisher has become the president and co-founder of Status Labs, an online image management company with expertise in digital marketing and public relations. The office is located in Austin, Texas.

For four years the firm has grown from a couple staff members to 30 staff members with new offices in Sao Paulo and New York. The service allows a second chance to the client to remove digital information that is inaccurate or being abuse by a rogue web developer who decides to use information with a public figure’s name to garner more visitors. Status Labs also has more than 1,500 clients in 35 countries. With a focus on analyzing search results, the company will clean up these search results to vastly improve what other see about the client when doing a search.

Fisher has a great skill in designing these tools for putting bandaids on the tarnished reputations online of great personalities. He is a rather resilient person in his own online reputation. After building his tools to save reputations online he must also exercise his skills with his own past demons. His life has inspired him to solve these types of problems based on his ability to apply such skill to his own past profile public relations issues that stirred up best practice issues regarding background information editing.

Darius Fisher has solved many search engine landing page problems for high profile public figures and celebrities. It is possible to get bad news removed from the first page of a Google search result. But most people do not have the time or the know how to take care of this problem. Old domain names will be picked up by some rather unethical actors on the Internet and once the information on that web site is sold and was not designated to be private, it becomes a part of the public domain and can, legally be used for unsavory purposes. Status Labs will provide monthly updates regarding the progress to repairing an online reputation.

I’ve Had A Great Experience Dating In Russia

I had a wedding to attend, and I needed a date to go with me. I asked around and told my friends and family members that if they knew any eligible women that wouldn’t mind going to the wedding with me, then they should let me know. I wasn’t looking for anything serious, especially since it was such short notice, but I did need a date for the wedding. I talked to my family member, and they told me they had a friend they would set me up with. Long story short, I brought the girl to the wedding, and things didn’t work out how I planned. The whole time she was talking to and even dancing with other men.

She was very rude to me, even though I offered to pay for her drinks, especially since it was a pay-as-you-go bar. I didn’t have a good time, but I was glad that I went to the wedding because it was for a family member. The whole ordeal learned me a lesson, and I’ll never let anyone else set me up on a date. I was looking into the possibility of finding someone to love, but I know that I didn’t want anyone else to look for me.

I took some time one day when I was off of work, and I searched online to see if I could find a great dating site. I hadn’t planned on looking for AnastasiaDate, but it’s one of the first sites that came up in my search. After I had gone to the site and I started looking through it, I couldn’t believe the kinds of women that were available on the site. It seemed as if there was no such thing as a woman on the site that wasn’t beautiful because every single one of them looked great.

AnastasiaDate makes dating easy, even if two people don’t speak the same language. On the AnastasiaDate site, I was able to use the translation services to talk to the different women that I found on the website. I enjoyed the company of several women, and one woman, in particular, kept me coming back each day to look for her. I decided to talk to this woman through video chat, and I soon plan on calling her through the AnastasiaDate phone. The AnastasiaDate website is not only fun, but I honestly believe that I may find a life partner on the site as well.

Shaygan Kheradpir Extends His Skills Across Many Companies

In the western part of California resides a renowned executive who is a true leader in the corporate industry. He embarked on his career after earning a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate Electrical Engineering degrees from Cornell University in 1987 in which he immediately accepted a position at GTE Laboratories. Notably, Shaygan Kheradpir is formerly the leading director of Verizon, Barclays, and Juniper Networks where he has greatly expanded his portfolio of
noteworthy technology experiences.

Kheradpir’s educational training at Cornell University in addition to his role at GTE Laboratories helped him gain a tangible understanding of the intricate telecommunications sector. During his employment at his first job in a support technologist, the company merged with Bell Atlantic to launch Verizon in 2000. Kheradpir initially served as the president of the e-business department before eventually assuming the position as the first Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer. In this prominent role, he gradually introduced a wide array of telecommunications services as well as automatic operations. He also managed many teams in which the employees were instructed to implement new product ideas involving advanced technology. Remarkably, his group contributed to the development of Verizon’s FiOs fiber, iobi, and Verizon One in addition to reconstructing many of the company’s existing programs such as the website, call center, automated customer service platform.

Along with implementing many technological innovations, Kheradpir reduced the company’s information technology budget, downsized their staff, and eliminate unnecessary spending costs. He also strategically installed modernized software to improve Verizon’s antiquated IT hardware.

With growing knowledge in the competitive technology industry, Kheradpir frequently envisioned a leadership position in which he would more power and authority. Amazingly, in 2011, he was hired as Barclay’s Chief Operating Officer of the Global Retail and Business Bank. During his three year term, he contributed to the creation of Pingit which is an advanced mobile payment application. This prominent innovation ultimately influenced his promotion to the Chief Operations and Technology Officer where he reported to Antony Jenkins, who served as the Chief Executive Officer from 2012-2015. Kheradpir’s most recent employment was with Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, California where he was the company’s Chief Executive Officer for approximately 11 months. Remarkably, he developed an Integrated Operating Plan (IOP) in which the corporation could buy stock, reduce expenses, and increase dividends. This noteworthy implementation gained the respect of many active investors.

Alongside his career endeavors, Kheradpir is a member of many boards including the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Cornell University Engineering Council, and the YMCA of Greater New York.

Kheradpir was born in London, but raised in Iran. As he grew older, he relocated to Switzerland to attend high school at Aiglon College. He is the proud son of renowned ear, nose, and throat doctor and he attributes his triumph to the noteworthy and admirable principles that he learned as during his adolescent years. His parents taught him to work hard to achieve success.

Highland Capital Management continues to rule the Equity Markets

When NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. announced the appointment of James Dondero to chair their board of directors, the move was approved by many people in the Capital Markets industry. Mr. Dondero, popularly called Jim is famous having been in the credit and equity markets for over three decades. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of a couple of award-winning firms including NexPoint Advisors, L.P and the famous Highland Capital Management, L.P where he’s their president. Mr. Dondero is the chairperson of NexBank, another financial institution largely affiliated to the two firms.
In 1993, the Highland Capital Management came into existence in what looked like a collection the wealth of experience Mr. Dondero and his co-founder had amassed. A collection of success stories including his stint at the Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary among other companies and his unmatched information in the sector were enough to bolster his ambitions.
Highland Capital Management is a huge private equity company in the United States, United Kingdom, and Singapore with some affiliates. Since its inception over two decades ago, this equity company has tremendously grown, registering massive profits every year. Popular as Highland, its head offices are in Dallas, Texas and are typically involved in hedge funds, distressed investment funds, and structured investment.
Being a private equity company, Highland Capital Management focuses on leveraged loans, structured products, and high yield bonds. In 1997, they started an independent advisor registered with the SEC called the Ranger Asset Management, L.P and bought Protective Life’s stake in PAMCO. In 1998, the two decisions led to changing their name from Protective Asset Management Company (“PAMCO”) as the co-founders were no longer minority shareholders.
Highland Capital Management opened doors for the first of their commingled bank loan fund in 2000 followed by the acquisition of two floating rate funds from Columbia Asset Management in 2004. The growth of this giant private equity firm was eminent as it expanded to Asia’s rapidly rising business centers of Singapore and Seoul in 2008 and 2011 respectively.
To date, this firm is many individuals and institutions’ choice because of the broad range of products in public equity, fixed income, and hedging markets. They particularly have different client bases in pension plans, several corporations, foundations and endowments, governments, and even worthy individuals. Their passion in protecting investors’ capital, offering unparalleled products, and even delivering quality has been rewarded by rapid growth and recognition.
Highlands manages a couple of close-end funds in the NYSE and reported over $18.7 billion in assets in 2014. Today, this independently-owned investment company has many strategies as well as a team of experienced and qualified personnel to steer its management across the globe as it stands on its three virtues of “Experienced, Disciplined, and Bold.”