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Highland Capital’s James Dundero: 3 Decades of Distinction Within the Financial Industry

Founding member and President of Highland Capital Management James Dundero continues to advance the economic interests of his clients through his firm’s award winning financial products.

Winner of the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities and recognized in both Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation and by being Morningstar’s premiere-ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund sets this high achieving Dallas, TX-based firm apart.

Building on a track record of 3 decades of prior successes, before Dundero started Highland he served as the chief investment officer for Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary. During the 5 years of tenure at the firm, he grew the startup to $2 billion in earnings.

Dundero came to Protective Life from American Express, where he served as a portfolio manager, responsible for $1 billion in fixed-income funds at the time of his departure in 1989.

A graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Business, he graduated earning degrees in Finance and Accounting with Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma honors in 1984. That same year, James Dondero was accepted into the Morgan Guaranty Program, beginning his career in financial analysis.

Currently Dundero presides as Board Chairman for Highland’s affiliates including NexPoint, NexBank, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Health. He is also active in other organizations sitting as a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote.

His management responsibilities at Highland include oversight of the firm’s operations and investment strategies for its retail and institutional financial products.

One of the original innovators of the Collateralized Loan Obligation, Dundero maintains Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Management Accountant certifications.

James Dondero’s Highland also supports and sponsors a wide range of philanthropic activities assisting civics and educational programs.

Providing the Dallas Zoo with $1 million, Highland was key in building the 4,500 square foot Hippo Hut, saving the zoo’s hippos and providing resources for events and educational displays.

Other charitable activities include donations to the Perot Museum of Natural Science, Uplift Education, Southern Methodist University’s Capital Management Tower Scholars Program and Education is Freedom.

Dallas’ less fortunate have also been the recent recipients of Highland community assistance. Dundero announced a $1 million challenge grant, providing 50 percent matching on donations made to The Family Place, a counseling and shelter services facility for the area’s victims of violence.

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