James Dondero | Mark Okada

James Dondero

James Dondero

James Dondero is Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management L.P. Jim graduated with highest honors from the University of Virginia with an emphasis in accounting and finance. Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the credit industry and helped pioneer the use of Collateralized Loan Obligations in the 1990s. He began his career as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program and went on to become a Portfolio Manager at American Express. Prior to founding Highland, James Dondero was the Chief Investment Officer for GIC, a subsidiary of Protective Life with more than $2 billion in AUM. Mr. Dondero is also Chairman of the Board for Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank in addition to being a board member for American Banknote and MGM Studios.

Mark Okada

Mark Okada

Mr. Okada is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Highland Capital Management, L.P. At Highland, Mark is responsible for overseeing the firm’s investment activities for its various strategies. He is also portfolio manager of the Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund, which has won the Lipper Fund Award for “Best Loan Participation Fund” in each of the last two years. With more than 30 years of credit and alternatives experience, Mark is widely regarded as a pioneer and leader in the development of bank loans from a niche market into a trillion dollar asset class including trading systems, transaction practices and underwriting procedures. He is responsible for structuring one of the industry’s first arbitrage CLOs and has been instrumental in the development of Highland’s bank loan separate account and mutual fund platforms. Mr. Okada is a Director of NexBank, member of the Grow South Fund Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Common Grace Ministries, Inc., and member of the Board of Directors for Education is Freedom.