James Dondero passionate about investing and philanthropy

James Dondero is one of Texas’ top philanthropists. James Dondero is the CEO and founder of investment management company Highland Capital Management L.P. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in equity and credit markets. Highland Capital was launched in 1993 and been a leader in the Collateralized Loan Obligation market and has created credit geared solutions for retail investors around the globe.


James Dondero began his career at the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. He later a corporate bond analyst at American Express between 1985 and 1989. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia and the McIntire School of Commerce with degrees in accounting and finance. James Dondero is a certified Management Accountant.


James Dondero is the acting chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank. He is also a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote. While not working in the investment world, he is helping Dallas philanthropically. James Dondero and Highland Capital Management have donated millions to local non-profits and charities in the Dallas area. Dondero is driven to improve educational opportunities for the less fortunate.


James Dondero and Highland Capital Management donated $2 million to Southern Methodist University, allowing them to offer more study-abroad opportunities and exposure to public policymaking, along with access to key world leaders and senior year internships. Dondero has also given to an organization called Education is Freedom. This organization with James Dondero’s support provides financial assistance for at-risk youth who are working to get a college degree. Dondero has also funded exhibits at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute as well as the Perot Museum of Natural Science.


Dondero is very passionate about education and has supported Uplift Education with creates public schools of excellence that get students to reach their fullest potential in college and the global workforce. Uplift Education provides free college prep education. HCM and Dondero gave $1 million donation to the Dallas Zoo to build a 5,000 square foot center that is used for private functions and special exhibits.

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Adam Milstein Decides To Run Video Competition With StandWithUs

Videos created by individuals often have the touch of creativity and a personal meaning that might not be found in those produced by big production companies, so that’s why Adam Milstein and his wife Gila have teamed up with StandWithUS and 12Tribe Films Foundation to host a video supporting Israel competition. This competition has a Grand Prize of $8,0000 to the winner, but others in the top 10 finalists will also be given cash prizes making the total prize amounts $20,000. The videos will be hosted on IsraelVideoNetwork.com and are open to the public to vote on which ones they like. Last year the winner was “Superman’s Got Nothing On Israel,” a video that became featured on the Jerusalem Post.


Most of Adam Milstein’s work has been with Hager Pacific Properties, a commercial and residential real estate broker firm. Milstein’s job as Managing Partner is financing the firm’s operations and overseeing property management. The firm owns billions in assets including luxury commercial properties in California, Texas and Illinois. Prior to cofounding Hager Pacific Properties, Adam Milstein primarily worked in building construction with his father while still living in Israel.


Adam Milstein is a second generation Jew whose parents were one of the first wave of people to arrive in the newly-declared state of Israel in 1948. Military service was one of his first known accomplishments following in his father’s footsteps as his father had served in the war of independence. Adam was in the Israeli army division that forced Egypt’s surrender in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He met his wife Gila during this service and later raised three daughters.


Adam Milstein got his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the Israeli Institute of Technology, or Technion as it’s commonly referred to. He later cofounded Hager Pacific Properties after getting his MBA at the University of Southern California. Adam and Gila started their family foundation in the year 2000 and also helped form the Israeli-American Council. Other Jewish foundations that they support through the foundation are Students Supporting Israel, Hasbara Fellowships, the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Division, AIPAC, StandWithUs, Hillel International and Jerusalem U.


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