James Dondero graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia with dual majors in Finance and Accounting, in 1984. He started right away working as an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. After that he went on to be a Corporate Bond Analyst, and Portfolio Manager, until about 1989. From there he served as the CIO of GIC, a subsidiary of Life Protection.
In 1993, Mr. Dondero and a partner, Mark Okada co-founded Highland Capital Management, located in Dallas, TX. The business quickly became a success. Mr. Dondero is the current CEO of Highland Acquisition, as well as being President, and serving as chairman of numerous organizations throughout the years.
Due to his huge successes, as well as the company’s, Mr. James Dondero believes in giving back to the community. The company has a philosophy of investing locally where the employees live and work. They do this through volunteering, advising, and donating funds. The company to date, has donated more than $10,000,000.00 worldwide. Both Mr. Dondero and the company believe in providing good educations to kids in underserved areas, to get them ready for college. Uplift Education is one such beneficiary of their funds. They also help fund Education is Freedom, which not only helps financially, also socially, to ensure these kids go on to graduate college. There are numerous organizations that Highland and Dondero contribute to. Snowball Express serves kids of fallen soldiers, by providing huge events for the kids and their families. There are located all throughout the country so that everyone everywhere can attend an event close to home.