James Dondero Welcomes Trey Parker To The Executive Team

September 27th, 2017 by admin
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Highland Capital Management is proud to welcome one of their most outstanding advisors from the credit research division to the executive board to join the committee’s headed by co-founders James Dondero and Mark Okada. The new executive is Trey Parker who will now become co-Chief Investment Officer, a shared responsibility with Okada who is delighted with this promotion. Dondero has said that what Parker has accomplished thus far as an advisor and research analyst has been integral to Highland’s growth and that the promotion has been “well-earned” by Parker. In his new position, Parker will also join Dondero and Okada in the investment committee for Equity and Structured Products.

James Dondero has been famous for making big bets that have resulted in major turnarounds in some energy and healthcare corporations that even iconic investor Warren Buffet could not turn a profit on. A big part of Dondero and Highland Capital’s investments have come through collateralized loan obligations, a complex business loan that Dondero has mastered over the years. Highland Capital’s investment packages include fixed income funds, long and short equity, high-yield credit and distressed business situations. Several months ago, Dondero also led a partnership with South Korea-based Stonebridge Capital in the investment of pension funds.

Highland Capital was founded in 1993 when James Dondero and Mark Okada brought their skills in portfolio management and accounting to Protective Life to take on the growth of Protective Life GIC. Dondero had previously earned his certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst after graduating with beta sigma gamma honors from the McIntire School of Commerce. From there he had joined American Express where he had become an expert in credit and corporate bonds. In a very short time, he and Okada had turned Protective Life GIC into it’s own company with over $2 billion in managed assets, and in 5 years both men had complete ownership of the company. Dondero’s influence has reached beyond Highland Capital to partnering with Nexbank and NexPoint Advisors, an independent commercial and personal bank based in Dallas. Hee also serves as Chairman of the Highland Foundation.

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