James Dondero currently holds the position of president at Highland Capital Management. Dondero also acts as the CFA and CMA. James Dondero takes pride in being part of the group of founders of Highland Capital Management. Dondero has continued to work in the credit and financial equity markets which have reached more than a total of three decades. Over these years, James Dondero was able to gain an exceptional level of experience. Dondero has also focused on investments that include high-yield markets as well as distressed companies. Highland Capital Management gained a great level of attention when it spearheaded the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market in 1993; at the same time, it focused on developing strong solutions involving credit for both for institutions as well as global investors in retail. A great number of Highland Capital Management’s products have been awarded. Some of the awarded products are CLOs, ETFs, REITs, hedge funds, institutional separate accounts, mutual funds, and private equity funds
Before working at Highland Capital Management, James Dondero assisted in establishing the GIC subsidiary, which is part of Protective Life. During the period of 1989 to 1993, James Dondero was the Chief Investment Officer while at Protective Life, where he managed to generate a superior amount to that of U$2 billion. Prior to the previously mentioned period, between 1985 and 1989, Dondero was at American Express and managed to produce amazing results while holding the position of Corporate Bond Analyst and as the Portfolio Manager as well. When James Dondero initiated his career in the financial market in 1984, he was an analyst at Morgan Guaranty.
James Dondero has earned many certifications in the financial area. His is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He also earned his degree with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce. Dondero also earned another degree from the University of Virginia and also graduated with the highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi).
James Dondero currently holds the position of Chairman at NextBank, CCS Medial and even for Cornerstone Healthcare. James Dondero is on the board of MGM Studios and at American Banknote as well as.