James Dondero is assuredly one of the most well-known residents of the Dallas area for a variety of reasons. The Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Highland Capital Management headquartered in the city has earned other laurels as well, as the Certified Managerial Accountant also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors with Nexbank. In addition to his designation as a CMA, James Dondero has also earned the professional status of being a Chartered Financial Analyst. And, his accolades do not stop there, as he is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors with Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical Corporation. In addition, Mr. Dondero is also a board member for MGM Studios and American Banknote, which makes him one of the busiest financial professionals in Dallas, and maybe all of Texas.
James Dondero’s career has spanned over 30 years with previous professional investment associations, with former positions as Chief Investment Officer at Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and a management official at American Express where he controlled a $1 billion fixed income fund. Dondero has also received awards and 5-Star designation for Morningstar’s top-rated health investment fund for 2014. But, his true value to the northeast Texas area may well be his penchant for being involved in specific educational charities.
Dondero’s most recent philanthropic project has been with the Dallas Zoo, as Highland Capital Management has partnered with the Harold Simmons Foundation in developing the new hippopotamus refuge at the local animal park. The city zoo has been without a hippo display for the past several years until funding could be procured to provide the park with a proper environment for the massive animals who were transferred from another out-of-state city zoo. Highland Capital Management donated $1 million toward the construction of a new lodge for holding zoo functions and educating visitors regarding certain ongoing projects. It also appears that the investment company will continue philanthropic partnering in the Dallas area, as a new set of charities is being evaluated for financial assistance.