James Dondero may not be known to many but he is a big name in Highland Capital Management of Dallas as the Co-Founder. He is also serves on the Board of Directors for American Banknote Corporation, MGM Studios, Nexbank, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Healthcare.
Mr. Dondero didn’t acquire his positions overnight, he has over 30 years of experience in the field of finance management, investments, and accounting. He graduated with high honors from University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 1984. He worked for American Express for 4 years before becoming Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary. A company which grew by 2 billion dollars under his leadership.
There is another part to James Dondero that might be unknown to many. He is a generous man, philanthropist, and patriot. He donates millions of his hard earned dollars to military assistance, charities, and programs for low-income families. These include but are not limited to: The Education is Freedom Program, The Family Place, Uplift Education, and the Snowball Express.
While all the charities and programs Mr. Dondero donates to are worthy, only a few will be highlighted. The Snowball Express helps families of fallen Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors. The Family Place is the largest domestic violence service provider in the great state of Texas. The Education is Freedom Program helps to provide financial assistance to at-risk youth who wish to earn a college degree. Uplift Education helps to improve the schools in Dallas in order provide the children with the opportunity to reach their highest potential for ensuring college success as well as preparing them for the global marketplace.
While James Dondero worked very hard to attain his goals in life, he also takes some time to give back to his community.