Most capital management firms make it a priority to maximize high profits above everything else, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right leadership any firm can produce high gains while still taking the moral high ground outside the office.
A small, but mighty firm from Dallas, Texas has made mighty gains across the globe investing in the future of healthcare and brought some home for everybody. With only 100 employees in four offices across the globe Highland Capital still manages to keep it’s place as one of the largest bank loan managers in the world. Highland has a proven track record for finding success in real estate, health care, structured products, high yield credit, emerging markets, as well as extremely specialized structured turn-arounds. Most recently Highland Capital announced $147 million in capital commitments from the South Korean National Pension Service. The deal will further Highland’s presence in the healthcare sector and will work in China, Korea, and the US.
However, Highland Capital Management sets themselves apart from other capital management firms by putting forth the same strategic effort, planning, and execution into their philanthropic efforts as their business. Since 2005, Highland Capital has given $10 million to different charities all over the world. This excitement for philanthropy goes all the way to the top.
Highland’s President and co-founder James Dondero is no stranger to forging strategic partnerships, which is why in 2011 he began work with the Santa Barbara Foundation. Under his guidance he helped specifically target areas in need where their dollars could be felt the most. James wanted to bring his firm’s experience from working all over the globe and invest it back into the local community. Dondero’s work with the Santa Barbara Foundation (as well as the Dallas Foundation and Kansas City Foundation) has been able to invest in local communities in education, veteran assistance, and in an area that Highland knows well-healthcare.