James Dondero is a profitable businessman and a generous philanthropist from Dallas, Texas. James began his rise to the top at the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce where he earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees, one for accounting and the other for finances. After receiving his degrees, James stepped into his first genuine position in the industry at JP Morgan Chase & Company where James worked on a financial training program. His work was such a success that he stepped into his dream job with American Express in only a year’s time. Between the years of 1985 and 1989, James Dondero would be solely responsible for managing fixed income funds which totaled to $1 billion by the end of his time with the company. James would receive an offer he could not refuse in 1989 when Protective Life offered him the title of Chief Investment Officer of their GIC Subsidiary. Taking on this role would prove to be the right move as James flipped the concept of a company into a thriving, profitable, $2 billion success story in very little time. It was this success that would earn James the title of leading alternative credit manager, amongst his peers. Visit his website at jamesdondero.com.
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It was in 1993 that James became the Co-founder and President of an alternative investment firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas, called Highland Capital Management. The firm’s primary focus is on private equity accounts and a wide variety of credit accounts, but James also makes time for his passion for philanthropy as well. He does this by setting aside $3 million in the budget for the support of their charitable efforts. A recent example of James’ generosity and that of his staff, is the $1 million challenge grant given to a shelter for men who are suffering from domestic violence, known as The Family Place. Housing for the men is close to medical care if they should need it, and offers a 24-hour crisis hotline which is manned around the clock by a compassionate staff. Without the help of people like James Dondero, organizations like The Family Place may not be able to survive to help their community. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.