Understanding the Investment Journey of James Dondero; CEO of Highlands Capital Management

Highlands Capital Management is a company that has been around for a few decades now. It is the holding company for smaller business outfits such as Nexbank Capital, LLC which is a commercial and institutional bank, Nexpoint, and several others. The company was founded by James Dondero and his friend Mark Okada in 1991. Over the past 23 years, the company has grown and expanded from a boutique investment firm to a national business outfit.

James Dondero lives in Texas. He is the current president of Highlands Capital Management. As the president, James is in charge of all the strategies, and operations of the company. He advises the company on issues such as retail and institutionalized products. Dondero is one of the pioneers of CLO-Collateralized Loan Obligation. The success that HCM has experienced in the past three decades has been because of among other factors, James Dondero’s dedication, and drive to succeed.

Educational Background

James Graduated from the University of Virginia in the late 80’s. He also studied finance and is a chartered financial analyst. After his graduation, Dondero worked in some companies, before he formed the idea of creating his own investment company. He started discussing the possible creation of an investment company with Mark Okada in 1990. The business idea became a reality in 1991, and the operations started running entirely in 1994. Currently, the company is managing assets worth more than $21billion, and they are still growing at a very commendable pace. Other businesses that James and Mark have come up with over the years include Nexpoint Capital; Inc. Dondero is the Chairman of the Nexbank Capital Board and the CEO of HCM.

James is an exemplary business leader and entrepreneur. He is a firm believer that giving back to the community is the responsibility of those fortunate enough to have more than the others. He has been given some leadership roles because his community has a lot of trust in his leadership ability. The amount of success he has had, including the transformation of HCM from a small business outfit to a holding company for various successful ventures, is evidence that he is an exceptional business leader.