Dallas Investment Firm Highland Capital Management Sponsors The Bush Center’s Engage Series of Lectures According to CEO Jim Dondero

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The city of Dallas is part of the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. And the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the second fastest growing area in the United States with a combined population of more than 7.2 million.

The Dallas airport is one of the busiest hubs in the U.S., and the Interstate Highway System in and around the city makes it a strong industrial center as well as one of the top financial center.

Twenty-two of the top Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Dallas, and the Art District in the city is home for venues like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Dallas has the largest zoo in Texas, and it is the home of Highland Capital Management, one of the top investment firms in the world. Highland Capital Management co-founders Jim Dondero and Mark Okada started Highland Capital in 1993, and at last count, the firm has more than $17 billion in assets under management, and the company has satellite offices in Seoul, Sao Paulo, New York, and Singapore.

Mr. Dondero heads the asset management sector of the business and Okada is the CFO, so the company has strong leadership and a noteworthy mission. The company’s mission is to invest in assets that produce income, but Highland Capital also supports the city by getting involved in several non-profits organizations. The Highland Capital Dallas Foundation helps non-profits like the Family Place and the Dallas Zoo make a difference in the community.

Highland Capital’s recent philanthropic endeavor is the $10 million endowment gift to the Bush Center. The Bush Center is on SMU’s campus. Highland Capital also supports that university. But the Bush Center endowment is different from some of the other Highland Capital gifts.

Jim Dondero and his team are sponsoring the Bush Center’s Engage Series of Lectures in 2018. The first lecture on February 5th was a sellout, thanks to the lecture by author Christopher Scalia, the son of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Mr. Scalia talked about his father’s most memorable lectures and some personal memories of the Supreme Court Justice were also in his lecture.

The second lecture on the same day was a group discussion. James Madison and the First Amendment were the focus of the discussion. The members of the group gave opinions about how Madison would view the current state of free speech in the nation.

Kenneth Hersh, the Bush Center CEO, asked Dondero to join the center’s Executive Advisory Council, and that honor confirms the six-year relationship between the Bush Center and Highland Capital. According to Mr. Dondero, the upcoming Engage Series Lectures sponsored by Highland Capital Management will feature newsmakers like Lorne Michaels, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Bill Browder, General Michael Hayden, Christopher Jackson, and Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Bush.

Former President George W. Bush paintings will also be on display along with the works of other artists. Highland Capital Management continues to support Dallas, and Dondero’s work is changing the social dynamics of the city.

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