A recent article by PR Newswire discusses James Dondero’s contribution to Southern Methodist University (SMU). Known as co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management L.P., Dondero is now taking on an additional role as an Executive Board Member of SMU. The article explains why Dondero is a new addition to SMU and how he will help the school. Before discussing the article, however, it is important to mention some of Dondero’s past achievements, shedding light on how much he has accomplished in his very successful career.
On Highland Management Capital website, it lists some biographical information about Dondero. This information is helpful in knowing what Dondero has specialized in when it comes to finances. His website bio mentions how Dondero has over 30 years of experience in credit and equity markets, with a focus on high-yield and distressed investing. With this experience, Dondero would inevitably form Highland Capital in 1993. It is Dondero’s purpose for Highland Capital to specialize in Collateralized Loan Obligation, which has put them at the forth-front for retail-investors. Beyond his involvement with Highland Capital, Dondero is also a part of other businesses. He serves as Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank, as well as a handful of other businesses. His involvement in these businesses signifies how knowledgeable as well as respected he is around the Dallas community.
Dondero’s involvement at Highland Capital has led to him and Highland Capital achieving multiple awards. Some of the awards includes Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in 2014, the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities in 2014, and Morningstar’s no. 1 ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund in 2014. These awards addresses the success of James Dondero and what he has been able to achieve at Highland Capital.
The PR Newswire article only further demonstrates the success of James Dondero. As an Executive Board Member of SMU, it continues to show how Highland Capital supports SMU through scholarships as well as Dondero’s involvement.