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2015_btpw_dallasbuisnessjouHighland Capital Management Named by the Dallas Business Journal as One of the Best Places to Work in 2015

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dallas-based investment management firm Highland Capital Management, L.P. (together with its affiliates “Highland”), is honored to be named as one of the best places to work by the Dallas Business Journal. Highland was ranked among the top places to work for companies with between 50 and 249 employees.


“Cultivating the highest quality workforce and aligning interests with our clients have been our highest priorities since we moved to Dallas twenty years ago,” said James Dondero, President and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management. “We are truly honored to be recognized as one of Dallas’ best places to work.”

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James Dondero and Mark Okada co-founded Highland Capital Management, L.P.  in 1993.

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Dallas Donations

James Dondero and Highland

James Dondero, co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., has donated millions in proceeds to Dallas-area non-profits and charities. Jim Dondero’s commitment to improving educational opportunities for those living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has resulted in a growing list of partnerships and donations (see below)  that continues to enrich the lives of Dallas residents.

The Family Place
James Dondero Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant from Highland Capital Management to Finish The Family Place’s $16.5 Million Capital Campaign.

Dallas Zoo
Highland Capital Management LP’s $1 million donation built the 4,485-square-foot Highland Hippo Hut for special educational displays and private events at the Dallas Zoo.

SMU’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Program
Highland Capital Management’s $2 million donation to Southern Methodist University provides outstanding undergraduate students with exposure to public policymaking, opportunities for study-abroad initiatives, access to key global leaders and meaningful senior-year internships. The first student applications were accepted in the fall of 2014 and admission is open to all majors and disciplines.

Education is Freedom
An organization that provides financial assistance for at-risk youth who are seeking a college degree. Education is Freedom also offers professional development, standardized test preparation, mentoring assistance and even internships at some of Dallas’ most respected corporations and non-profits.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute
The Bush Library and Museum promotes an understanding of President George W. Bush’s presidency (2001-2009) through historical records and artifacts. The Bush Institute is a nonpartisan policy organization that seeks to develop current and future leaders through education that specifically addresses some of today’s most challenging problems.

Perot Museum of Natural Science
The Perot Museum allows children to better understand science, math and technology through hand’s-on activities and education. The museum is comprised of 11 permanent exhibit halls that promote themes that include engineering, innovation and energy. Previous traveling exhibits have also covered nature’s bioluminescence, animals built to survive and 2theXtreme MathAlive!

Snowball Express
Since 2006, Snowball Express has provided hope and happy experiences to the children of fallen military heroes who died while on active duty. Children are flown in from all over the world for a four-day experience that encompasses sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more.

Uplift Education
Uplift’s mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential in college and the global marketplace. Each school provides free college preparatory education for student who face significant socio-economic headwinds.

Capital for Kids
Capital for Kids is a network of investment management professionals who volunteer to assist children in need. This network provides quality education programs for hundreds of low income families in the Dallas area.

Dallas Zoo
Highland Capital Management’s $1 million donation is helping bring hippos back to the Dallas Zoo. Highland’s donation will cover the costs of constructing Highland Capital Lodge, a roughly 5,000-square-foot center that will be used for special displays and private events.