James Dondero is currently the co founder and president of the financial services company known as Highland Capital Management. Over the course of his career, James has proven to be an expert in the field of finance. He regularly monitors the markets, looks for quality investment opportunities and also looks to take advantage of unique opportunities that can lead to high profits. As the president and co founder of Highland Capital Management, James has built his firm into one of the leading credit and debt backed securities management firms in the world. He was the first to introduce collateralized loan obligations outside of the banking industry. Before starting up his own firm, James worked as an employee of an investment firm where he would gain the experience necessary to become knowledgeable about the financial services industry.
Like a number of other professionals in finance, James Dondero first went to college and attained a bachelor’s degree in both accounting and finance. He finished college as one of the highest ranked students and would quickly get his first job at an investment firm. When he first began his career, he would specialize in analyzing credit backed securities. During his career, he would gain more experience evaluating securities. He would eventually become the chief investment officer of an investment firm. At this position, James oversaw large sums of money for major corporations such as American Express. This experience provided James with the expertise necessary to start up and manage a successful investment firm of his own.
After working as an employee for his entire career, James decided to start up his own company in 1990. He would collaborate with Mark Okada and together found a financial services firm. When Highland Capital Management started out, it was a company that specialized in providing life insurance policies. During its brief history, the company would establish itself as one that provided a number of quality life insurance policies that met the needs of many consumers. However, James looked to innovate his firm by offering more financial services in order to meet the growing needs of consumers. By the end of the 1990’s, Highland Capital Management would offer many other services such as hedge fund management and collateralized loan obligations.