It’s been a year since investment industry tycoon, James Dondero joined Jernigan Capital as director. Capital investments have always intrigued James Dondero. Known for his serial investment tactics and an affinity with credit/equity markets, he’s brainstormed award-winning strategies. His Dallas-based investment and wealth management empire, Highland Capital or HCM controls over $20 billion in assets. Dondero obtained extensive experience and developed a comprehensive knowledge of different equity/credit markets before establishing HCM in 1993.
The UVA (University of Virginia) honor roll alumnus holds advanced degrees in finance and accounting. He was awarded the highest distinctions (Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma) for academic excellence. Dondero also received his license as a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant). His tenure at Protective Life, a spinoff of the GIC empire chronicled record-breaking success. He’s been credited for increasing the subsidiary’s revenue by $2 billion. Dondero created the program and piloted its operations as CIO (Chief Investment Officer) from inception (1989 – 1993).
His specialization in CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation) motivated its popularity and appropriation as a modern investment option today. Dondero assumes a pivotal role at Highland Capital where he’s installed as president. Largely, Highland Capital caters to equity management and credit-oriented investments, with an emphasis on distressed securities and high yield options. Retail and institutional investors globally call on Dondero’s expertise to acquire lucrative long-term securities. Highland Capital portfolio features diverse investment products ranging from private equity (distressed), ETFs, mutual/hedge funds to CLOs. Its services also extend to the healthcare sector, with over assets estimated at over $2.3 billion.
Besides his role at Highland Capital, Dondero is appointed the chairman of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and Nexbank. MGM Studios and American Banknote also enlisted him as an associate of their board committee. His commitment to philanthropy has positively impacted public policy, education and veterans’ affairs. Dondero strives to create opportunities that will improve communities and human resources. In cooperation with HCM, Dondero pledged a million dollar grant to support a fundraising initiative proposed by, The Family Place. This contribution brought the organization closer to its fundraising goal. The nonprofit operating out of Dallas supports victims ostracized by family violence.