The Dallas Foundation, which administers the charitable functions of Highland Capital Management, is growing fast. According to the President of Highland Capital, James Dondero, it is an informed decision that current charity funds are not enough. He further says that, due to this, the Company has increased its charitable funds. There was a desire to have a strategy director to consolidate and provide advice on the process. The foundation will be headed now by the newly appointed and former Dallas civic leader, Linda Owen.
Linda Owen has a proven track record. She is experienced and combines what Mr. Dondero said was a perfect combination of private and public practice. She was the President of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation and The Real Estate Council (TREC) before her role. She is a lawyer by profession from the University of Texas. She has also practiced law under the Wald, Harkrader & Ross LLC.
Highland Capital decision to inject more funds and commit a proven leader was expected. The company has increased its reach, though still in the Dallas region, the company now supports various initiatives in education, veteran affairs, and social welfare, health and animal welfare all under the Dallas Foundation.
Linda Owen will join James Dondero on this journey to further an exciting career experience.
In his part, Dondero is an accomplished top dog both as an academic performer and a manager. He scored the highest distinguishing honors at the University of Virginia. He has various professional qualifications that he has acquired and used over his 30 years in management. He is, more importantly, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Certified Public Accountant and also holds a professional qualification in management accounting.
He is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management, a hedge fund based in Dallas. Highland Capital has grown by leaps and bounds under the tutelage of James from a small company to a firm managing over $17b in assets. It is not the only success that Mr. Dondero can boast, his prior record in management is quite impressive. He managed Protective Life from a start-up subsidiary to a multi-billion management company.
It is understood that Mr. Dondero was critical in bringing Linda Owens since their excellent career profiles show profound similarities both in track record and in prolifically. Linda is expected to replicate her success elsewhere through guidance and management. It is a position that she was enthusiastic about when she took over.