James Dondero is well known as the co-founder of Highland Capital Management. The thirty years of experience he attained in the credit markets has been instrumental to his success as President of the company. Prior to establishing his own company, he served a subsidiary of Protective Life. His input enabled the company to increase to a value of $2 billion from 1989 until 1993. His expertise includes common and preferred stocks, securities and emerging market debt. He worked with American Express from 1985 until 1989 and his responsibilities included fixed income funds valued at $1 billion. He received an excellent education from the University of Virginia where he earned his Commerce BS in Accounting and Finance. He is also a Certified Managerial Accountant.
Mr. Dondero is involved with the Center for BrainHealth. The center understands the importance of combat training, physical fitness, problem solving, emotional responses and handling stress appropriately for all active members of duty services such as police officers. The center realized veterans often require assistance in transitioning back to civilian life. Due to both state funding and private donations from companies such as Highland Capital Management, military veterans, military spouses and members of active duty service are offered training at no cost. The importance of this research was the reason for the partnership with Highland Capital. James Dondero believes The Center for BrainHealth earned their financial support by using the research to help former military personnel with cognitive therapy.
Mr. Dondero made certain a dedicated space was available at the Brain Performance Institute for the Warrior Training program. Highland Capital provided a gift of $1 million for the creation of the Highland Warrior Lounge. This is a gathering place for veterans, active service members, caregivers and spouses. In 2016, the Center for BrainHealth began supporting police officers due to the shooting of five of Dallas’s best. The evidence has revealed any individual under extreme trauma and stress on a consistent basis such as police officers are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or commit suicide.
Highland Capital Management and James Dondero wanted to offer the military heroes along with their families the chance to come back to the Brain Performance Institute after their training had been completed. This place holds special meaning for these individuals and Mr. Dondero extended the group to first responders as well. This vision became a reality on May 19th when the alumni and families of the Warrior Training gathered at the Highland Capital Warrior and First Responder Reunion of 2018 at the Brain Performance Institute. The reunion is also focusing on providing the Dallas Police Department with recruitment efforts. For the police department to be successful, they require officers with resources and training at their disposal as well as sufficient staffing.
Veterans often have the experience, training and skills required for a police officer. Highland Capital and Mr. Dondero are trying to form a connection between these two groups at the First Responder Reunion. One of the highlights was the lecture given by John ‘Tig’ Tiegen. The public was welcomed at the lecture but the reception prior was for first responders and warriors to have the opportunity to meet John ‘Tig’ Tiegen. He is an Army veteran and played an important role for the Central Intelligence Agency regarding the attack in Benghazi, Libya on the American diplomatic compound. He spoke of the attack and the thirteen hours his team fought the terrorists to rescue in excess of two dozen individuals. He received the Award for Heroism and Valor for his actions. The reception included live music, barbeque and the chance for the warriors to mingle.