James Dondero, President and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management shows compassion to Dallas communities by committing to philanthropic efforts. He’s a long-term supporter of the initiatives in the city involving education, housing, healthcare, and family violence. On October 4th of this year, he announced the investment firm awarded $1 million in a challenge grant to help The Family Place Legacy Campaign raise $2.8 million. Mr. Dondero made the announcement during the 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon held in Dallas, TX at the Hilton Anatole.
The Family Place has successfully raised $13.7 million of the campaign’s goal of $16.5 million. James Dondero and Highland Capital is ensuring the non-profit raises the remaining balance of $2.8 million to complete the campaign challenge. Highland Dallas Foundation administers all of the firm’s financial contributions and obligations to many community focused organizations, including The Family Place. The foundation has already committed to donating $100,000 that match a $200,000 contribution provided by a donor. Highland Dallas is responsible for administering the $1 million grant and to match funds at 50 percent of each donation given between October 2016 and April of next year.
The $16.5 million is funding the construction and operations of the Ann Moody Place, which will include emergency bedrooms, counselling rooms, clinic, hotline center, and job training rooms. Its facility is expected to serve over 2,000 victims each year and contain an onsite child development center and animal shelter. The Family Place Campaign is thankful to have Highland Capital Management and Mr. Dondero support the new Central Dallas Counseling Center. Highland is overjoyed and enthusiastic about the great success of legacy campaign’s initiatives to help families rebuild their lives.
James Dondero has years of expertise as an investment advisor, a businessman, hedge fund manager, capitalist, and philanthropist. Highland Capital donates more than $3 million on an annual basis to multiple charitable organizations in Dallas communities through the Dallas Foundation. Highland Dallas Foundation Inc. was established while Mr. Dondero was working with Dallas Foundation’s CEO and President, Mary Jalonick. The official announcement of Highland Capital Management awarding the $1 million challenge grant was released in October 2016, in a PR Newswire press release.
The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University is one of the premiere business schools in America, and it welcomes a new board member in James Dondero. This article explains why James’ appointment the school’s board improves education for every student. He is a brilliant businessman committed to the Dallas area, and James wishes to share his expertise with as many young people as possible.
#1: What Does The School Offer?
SMU is a beautiful university with thousands of students who come there for a fine education in their chosen field. Nearly every college under the university’s umbrella is known around the country for its brilliance, and the business school is no exception. Joining the board of directors of the business school is an honor for James Dondero as it is for the school.
#2: What Does James Bring To The School?
James is a modern businessman running a modern company in an industry that will never go out of style. He understands the investment industry better than most, and his firm at Highland Capital Management manages billions of dollars in assets. He may offer students a look at what it means to operate in the 21st Century stock market, and he is quite progressive in his investment practices. Having a man like him on the board makes the university more appealing to savvy business students.
#3: James Wishes To Support The School As Much As Possible
James is known for his philanthropy in the Dallas area, and he give to the school when funds are needed. He may aid the school in more than one way with every new board meeting, write a check to help improve opportunities students and ensure the school raises money well for its business college. He is a versatile man who puts the students first in his role as a board member.
James Dondero’s appointment to the board of directors of the Cox School is an important step in the improvement of Southern Methodist University. He is a committed Dallas resident, hedge fund director and giver to a university dedicated to the enrichment of students.
Kenneth Goodgame has been a senior VP and chief marketing officer at the renowned True Value Hardware Company since 2013. Due to his wide experience in the marketing sector, Kenneth has stood out in the management of profit and loss. His vast knowledge in marketing and management saw him improve the company’s savings from 2 percent to over 10 percent annually by turning around the culture of laid back pace in the company. In addition, he replaced 40 percent of lowest performing buyers and built a high-energy team culture by embracing deep product professionalism.
Kenneth Goodgame initiated an annual advertising investment program called ‘pay for play’ where the company raised over $8M in 2014 and $13M in the following year. This vendor supported strategy allowed suppliers to buy ad space while funding half of the company’s cost of national television program. This was True Value’s first appearance on national TV in 10 years. To this end, the company registered an increase of 8 percent in the number of their clients and marked improvement in retail comps and average ticket amount. In 2015, the company’s average basket ring increased by 9 percent. This was after Kenneth launched 250 SKU EDLP program to retailers where a full margin percent was delivered while prices on the most price sensitive SKUs were lowered.
Other accomplishments made at True Value are hiring POG/JDA management, category rules, full category full management team that included pricing, merchandising SKU investment and visual inventory productivity. The ‘New at True Value’ end cap program that Kenneth created was supported by more than 2800 stores. It became the most successful program based on store participation. Besides managing full P&L successfully, Goodgame oversaw various cross-functional teams create and implement corporate strategies for long-term growth. His role at the company involves marketing, category management, merchandising, pricing, print advertising, global sourcing and private label.
Kenneth Goodgame is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Previously, he worked for Newell Rubbermaid where he rose through the ranks to become the president and general manager of the company. He also assumed top leadership roles in different companies, including Ace Hardware Corporation, Oak Brook, Techtronic Industries North America, Anderson, and the Home Depot, Atlanta.
Jim Hunt, an investment expert from VTA publications, has come up with a business challenge to show how easy one can create wealth within a short time using a stock trading system idea. To show how practical the idea is, Jim aims to use his mother as a model in the business idea.
The central theme in Jim’s Stock Trading system is making his mother a tax free millionaire in ten steps. Jim will post a video on youtube, and on Twitter, to prove the credibility of this idea. The first phase of this challenge has already been posted for viewing on www.MakeMumAMillionaire.com.
At first, the mission may sound complicated, but it is not. Jim simplifies the idea further by setting a starting capital that is affordable to most individuals. Entrepreneurs should set a target of doubling the amount ten times while compounding the profits. This will translate to a sum of one million pounds.
Jim’s stock trading system idea earns the tremendous amount using a proprietary method. To get the amount accumulating, you should select stocks that are more profitable.
Jim testifies that the major obstacle that prevents people from being millionaires is the thought that business is hard. Jim aims to break this barrier using a stock trading system whose idea is supported by evidence on a video on his official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_8HMk0s_M9rk2KZWOOTrQQ
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All the ideas published by VTA are outlined in simple formats that are easy to understand. Additionally, the company organizes business workshops that are geared towards increasing their clients’ market awareness.
The company’s information can be accessed both digitally and physically. VTA is an active private limited company with its main office located in Norfolk, United Kingdom. It is owned by Mrs. Geraldine Roberts.
Mike Baur is on one of the individuals who were fascinated by particular subjects at tender ages and later pursued them in real. He had a fascination with the topic of Finance and Banking, which he undertook in his studies and later as his full-time career and as a profession. Mike holds an MBA from Rochester University in New York together with an executive MBA from the University of Bern. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and MBA from Harvard University.
Currently, Mike uses his extensive and professional experience in banking industry gained from Swiss banking sector to upgrade entrepreneurial skills in upcoming entrepreneurs. The start-up company he runs together with Max Meister and Walzer Oliver is one of a high profile in Switzerland and has an excellent rating as the leading private ICT accelerator. This program is sub-sectioned to capture entrepreneurs of all levels and potentials.
The first section entails offering support, training, and coaching to the entrepreneurs, and this stage is known as the pre-accelerator program. The next step is the accelerator phase where the entrepreneurs are given a three-month field exposure with a similar support to the one accorded to them at the pre-accelerator stage. The final step entails application and recruitment. Here, all the successful trainees from the private ICT accelerator program are put through witty and challenging trials and tests.
The success of the ICT accelerator program was improved through a recent partnership with Michael Hartweg. Martin who offers help with the selection to evaluation processes of the exercise. The last bridge of a merger or partnership was between Swiss start-up factory and fusion, a bid that was made to beef the gap between Swiss German parts of Switzerland and French.
The partnership goes a long way in aiding the start up with little tech which will be essential in the various steps of the process. The founder of Fusion, Dubray Guillaume in his words said that the digital transformation is everywhere. According to Dubray, Switzerland is a leader in innovation, and it provides excellent conditions for new and existing entrepreneurs to thrive. He added that “With our new partner, the Swiss Startup Factory, our vision is to foster collaboration between the strongest businesses.” To which Mike added that “”due to the linguistic diversity and the cantonal and regional separation, Switzerland often lacks adequate efforts to concentrate these very strengths and resources.
There is a reason people will spend hours on the road, past many other restaurants to that one restaurant that they can’t get enough of – for its cuisine. Taste buds never lie and can never be short—changed. Once one has tasted the cuisine from this one restaurant, nothing stands in the way. They will travel miles away to that one restaurant.
This is the kind of injustice that Patrick Ponsaty does at Bellamy. The much-acclaimed chef – A Frenchman and native of Toulouse has some charm that can make you dive all the way. And what’s even better, he looks to ship in his art into The Ranch and Bandy Canyon to transform the event space into a dining destination reminiscent of the gites of France. Learn more about Brian Bonar: https://about.me/brianbonar and http://www.whitepages.com/name/Brian-Bonar
His masterly, refined and lyrical cooking hasn’t passed unnoticed. Under his many accolades include the extremely prestigious title Meilleurs Ouvrier de France in 2012. And not many people have been able to be crowned with this distinction: He is one of the only two so far in San Diego.
As things take shape to re-design the Bellamy’s at The Ranch, the menu is already impeccable. There are all forms of delicacy ranging from duck sausage, wild boar and Spanish hare appearing as the seasons turn; A quenelle of magenta-hued Suzie’s a disk of goat cheese and Farm beet sorbet with filaments of watercress; bacon-wrapped monkfish with morels; sea scallops and local mushrooms in a lightly truffle-scented carpaccio; cherry-spiked gâteau Basque and tendercanelés from Bordeaux—a pastry head and shoulders above frilly macarons—on the dessert menu to name but just a few. In his description of his style of cuisine, he simply calls it French. Brian Bonar is the proud owner of Bellamy Restaurant.
The Scottish entrepreneur has overtime built a strong foundation for the restaurant to produce what matters in the restaurant business circles. Expectations ran wild in San Diego when he brought in Ponsaty, largely revered as a Master Chef of France in Escondido. And for real, Ponsaty has lived to the peoples’ expectations: producing the finest French cuisine. Read more: Brian Bonar Trains His Employees In Exceptional Customer Service and The New Frontier
With Ponsaty leading the battle from the front, Brian Bonar can dare dream of building a restaurant in Canyon Ranch spreading out in a beautiful 144-acre lot. With Ponsaty, and a host of other five star chefs in its kitchen, Bellamy is known for making some of the best foods in San Diego. And the part of serving is not left out; good food is served by top notch staff in an environment that matches the food.
Debt has become a very reliable vehicle for earnings to COL Guru and Innovator, James Dondero. Argentina is now producing revenue and wealth for the clients of Highland Capital Management, founded and run by Dondero, with yields in the first quarter of 2016 of over 7% from over $11 Billion in bonds sold on the International Bond Market by the debt managers of Argentina’s economy. With maturities set to end their debt by 2033, debt consumers are lining up to buy, buy, buy.
“Our initial impression in 2014 was something had to give,” James Dondero recalls with anticipation and conviction. “It was a resource-rich country shrinking their production and running down their foreign reserves. The consequences of being a financial pariah, horrific tax policies, price manipulations and massive subsidies were reaching an inflection point. Our view, which I think was a good interpretation and ended up being correct,” (not unusual for Jim’s insights in the debt markets, with his 30 years of successful credit management experience) “was that there was an intermediate-term inevitability to settle with holdouts that would have the bonds trade higher.”
As president and co-founder of Highland Capital, working with debt loans is something he was born to do with a knack that is second to none. Jim Dondero, after all, with the collaboration of the Highland Capital co=founder Okada, invented the CLO or the Collateralized Loan Obligation. Making the most adept maneuvers in this market is like being on cruise control for Dondero. He has been pursuing these types of gains since he started managing debt portfolios just after earning his CFA and CMA from the University of Virginia and the McIntire School of Business in 1984. He managed these types of portfolios for Morgan Guaranty, American Express and various large companies such as MGM Studios and other healthcare organizations. He always seemed to find the best moments to hold such debt loan instruments and then which ones needed to be sold and when to do it to earn great dividends for his investors.
With successful CLO portfolios for Highland Capital Management’s holdings of over $19 Billion, Dondero and his group are sitting very comfortably in the ready position to make gains in increments of five, ten and thirty year maturity points on the Argentina bond sales for his well oiled credit asset hedge fund earnings machinery. There is no other more astute engineer for the high yield future in the arena of CLO and credit asset management than Jim Dondero.
Dynamic Search Partners and Uncommon schools have been in a good working relationship since 2013. The main aim of the two institutions is to reduce the gap that is available among the students to enable them enter the market in a more professional way and dedicated manner. It offers right skills and mentoring to the low-income earners to graduate from college and enter the market with the right attitude.
Keith Mann founded and owned DSP, and it has been in the investment industry since 2005. He has worked in the hedge fund and private equity sector over 15 years and this proves the interest that he has in improving the entire society to achieve the best in the industry. He formerly worked for the Dynamic Executive Search firm as a managing director and he has diverse experience in providing hedge fund compensation, staffing and hiring strategy in the industry.
DSP is an enterprise that seeks and taps the right talents to be employed in the hedge funds and private equity market. He has been offering the best professionals in the market, and DSP is currently operating in the United States of America, Europe continent, and Asian companies where he has always managed to satisfy over 200 clients yearly. As the CEO of the firm he is involved in the day to running of the enterprise and he assists clients in hiring the right investment, internal strategists and marketing professionals for their businesses.
DSP and Uncommon Schools managed to raise over 22000 dollars for the running of the institution. These are some of the charity activities that Keith Mann is involved in offering through his firm. The raising of the funds was enabled by the various investments and financial across the country at the Standard Hotel Beer Garden. Through the resources donated to the school, low income earning students will be in a position of graduating from college and starting a better career out of the institution.
DIVERSANT ranks among the largest IT staffing and solutions firm that is African-American owned in the US. They specialize in supplying IT talent on a contingent, contract, and permanent basis. DIVERSANT has a strong commitment to offering the highest possible level of service to their partners, consultants, and mid-markets and Fortune 500 clients in some select industries.
DIVERSANT LLC services and products are based on transformational and original ideas geared towards meeting the client and associate needs, plus the communities they are serving. At the core of their IT staffing services are patented “Best-In-Class” methodologies designed to make sure that the outcomes are of the highest possible quality.
As a fully-certified US Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) supplier, DIVERSANT is dedicated to promoting diversity throughout the workplace as they believe it leads to greater opportunities and more innovative solutions.
It is composed of business experts and industry leaders who offer advice and counsel on matters pertaining to strategic planning and commercial development.
John is an entrepreneur who has pioneered the growth of several highly successful IT sector ventures. He started his professional career first working as a consultant in IT prior to moving into IT staffing in the year 1994. With a deep understanding of trends in emerging market, John founded Info Technologies. This was an IT staffing company focusing on offering solutions to Fortune 500 companies across the nation.
Within 5 years, Info Technologies had grown to $30 M, achieving Inc. Magazine’s list number 8 spot among the 500 fastest-growing US privately-held firms. In the year 2010, Gene and John Goullet merged DIVERSANT Inc. and Info Technologies to form DIVERSANT LLC. As the Principal Executive at DIVERSANT, John is still following his passion for devising innovative ways that meet the challenges that face the ever-changing IT market sector.