Highland Capital Management CEO James Dondero Gives Toward Education

Co-founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero, is one of the most successful hedge fund and credit market analyst in the industry. With over 30 years of distressed investing experience, Dondero has served as both pioneer in developing collateralized loan obligations (CLO) and leader in credit-oriented solutions.

The success of Highland Capital can be attributed to the wide range of product offerings such as private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs and EFTs. The company now boasts nearly $15 million in assets. Associations extend to Nexpoint Residential Trust, Nexbank Capital and Cornerstone Healthcare Group.

Dondero’s path into finance began at the University of Virginia where he majored in accounting and finance. After graduating with honors, he went to work for Morgan Guaranty. He later joined American Express and became portfolio manager before leaving in 1989.

Two years before starting Highland, Dondero became CIO of Protective Life. Through Dondero’s leadership, the company’s assets grew to $2 billion. Dondero also holds several certifications including certified public accountant, chartered financial analyst and certified managerial accountant. He also sits on many boards including American Banknote, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and CCS Medical.

Dondero is well-known throughout the community as a person who gives back. Highland Capital has funded a number of local charities and initiatives for the betterment of the community. Among his growing list of partnerships is the Dallas Zoo, The Family Place, SMU’s Highland Capital Management Scholars Tower Program, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute and Perot Museum of Natural Science.

Cassio Audi: Meet the Viper Band Pioneer

Cassio Audi was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started his early life career in music. Even though he doesn’t practice music anymore, he was a very influential instrumentalist and drummer in the 1980s while with Viper band which comprised of teenagers of 13 and 14 years of age. The members of the band then included Cassio Audi, Yves Passarell, Andre Machado, Pit Passarel and Felipe Machado. The band was founded in 1985 and played music genres such as alternative rock, thrash metal, and power metal.

As stated in the article, “Cassio Audi, Ivan Busic and Jean Dolabella: Brazil’s Heavy Metal Drummers”, Viper band members of the time were a highly talented team of teenagers influenced by the upcoming British heavy metal and Iron Maiden. The band’s first demo album was recorded in 1985. The album was known as The Killera Sword where Cassio played the drums. The album’s tracks were; Signs of the Night, Killera Princess from Hell and Nightmare.

In 1987, the band recorded its official album known as Soldiers of Sunrise with tracks such as; Nightmares, the Knights of Destruction and Signs of the Night and the title song, Soldiers of Sunrise. The album was a great hit as most people were amazed by the band’s raw talent and it gained an outstanding popularity in the Brazilian music industry.

The album was highly rated by prominent magazines such as; Kerrang, Metal Hammer, and Metal Forces. As a result of this success, the Viper band was invited to play in the opening of Motorhead show in Brazil. Ever since the band has had success recordings both locally and internationally.

However, Cassio’s career music was short-lived as he left the band in 1989 to pursue other career interests. He joined Sao Paulo University where he pursued a different career in Business Administration. He is currently a very successful businessman with various business ventures. Despite the shift from a music career, Cassio Audi still loves music and always finds spare time to enjoy music.

For more information follow Cassio Audi on Facebook.

 

Can Social Media Really Affect an Athletes Reputation?

Source: onlinereputationreviews.com, indystar.com

Well, it’s true. Social media can affect almost everything and everyone. Athletes are affected far more than the average American though. Ever since technology advanced, people have been posting on social media and, more often than not, some people ‘over-share’ on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
‘Over-sharing’ is kind of a new phenomenon. Sometimes people share the little details of their life like what they had for lunch or dinner. Some people post what they’re doing throughout their day even. It depends on each person though.
Certain athletes had been banned from social media before; at least during the season, but now, some are beginning to be a bit more flexible with it.
One thing anybody has to remember is that their reputation is always on the line. This is especially important for anybody though, including anyone who is anyone. Athletes have to be extremely careful about what they do. Anyone with a phone that is capable of recording video or snapping pictures can be a reporter. It really makes you think when just a comment can hit social media and then people take the comment the wrong way. Then you get criticized and people think less of you as a whole. That has to be a little hard, but probably easy to adapt to thinking before you speak. It’s a good lesson though for anyone, watch what is said and post or speak accordingly. That by itself might make the world a better place.