James Dondero of Dallas Texas

With a Bachelor of Science degree for both accounting and finances from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, it did not take James Dondero long to land himself a successful position in the world of finance. Mr. Dondero found himself stepping into a job with JP Morgan Chase & Co where his work with their financial training program moved him to his dream position with American Express. James Dondero’s responsibility to American Express was to manage one billion dollars in fixed income funds, which he did successfully until transitioning to his position of Chief Investment Officer for Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary in 1989. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.

James Dondero decided in 1993 that it was time to build his investment firm, and created Highland Capital Management. Mr. Dondero’s firm holds their focus mainly on private equity accounts, various credit accounts, and more. James also sets aside three million dollars a year for Highland Capital Management to donate money to various philanthropic ventures. Through his success in the industry of finance, James came to know a few vital peers, such as Mary Jalonick, President, and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. The two philanthropists joined forces to assemble the Highland Dallas Foundation, an organization that keeps an eye out for non-profit establishments in Dallas and Northern Texas. One of the most recent examples of his more recent generosity is the one million dollar donation that James Dondero gifted to the Dallas Zoo for the reopening of their hippopotamus habitat. Back in 2001, the Dallas Zoo’s management team decided to close the habitat after their beloved hippo, Papa, died of old age. An outpouring of requests has flooded to the Zoo from visitors pleading with the park to please bring back the beloved animals.

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Now, after nearly two decades of waiting, the Dallas Zoo has recently reopened their two-acre hippopotamus habitat known as the Outpost. The Outpost also features the Highland Capital Lodge, a facility that overlooks the hippopotamus exhibit that guests can rent for a special occasion. Without the generosity of James Dondero and all other donations to the zoo, the hippo’s that reside in the zoo now might have never had a chance. Follow James on Linkedin.

Dr. Saad Saad; the Legacy of an Accomplished Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Saad Saad is an influential figure in healthcare, in particular, the pediatric department. His journey from a poor Palestinian refugee to a successful pediatric surgeon is proof that any dream can be achieved with persistence, hard work and determination.


He was born in Palestine in the late 1940’s. At a young age, Saad and his family were forcefully relocated from their home to the West Bank. They later moved to Kuwait where Saad spent most of his childhood.


What inspired the young Saad?


His career was inspired from an unusual circumstance. While at a construction site, Saad suffered a heat stroke that made him realize he wasn’t wired for outdoor labor. He discovered that the only place in the entire country, at the time, that had air conditioning was the operating room. His desire to work comfortably and his father’s advice to pursue high education inspired him to become a pediatric surgeon.


His medical career


Dr. Saad graduated with honors in medicine at Cairo University. He then enrolled for an internship program in England before relocating to United States of America where he became board certified for pediatric surgery. This opened an opportunity for him to work as a private surgeon for a South Arabian royal family. During his stay at King Specialist Hospital, doctor Saad successfully operated on a young child with aneurysm condition. During his career, he developed new procedures that minimized pain for his patients. An example is the elimination of a second incision that minimized cases of complications.


His Innovations


Besides developing new and improved procedures, Dr Saad has made two major inventions.


The first is an advanced endoscope which has a suction-irrigation device attached to it. The device sucks liquids produced by the body and clears fog on the lens. This has helped in saving time previously used in removing the endoscope to clear the view and suck the fluids.


His second invention is a catheter with an electromagnetic location device. The hand held device is run over the patient’s body and lights up when placed perpendicular to the catheter’s electromagnetic tip.


His drive and passion has helped improve the lives of thousands of children. Learn more: https://health.usnews.com/doctors/saad-saad-966528


Madison Street Capital the Selected Investment Firm of Choice by Napoleon Machine

In 2018, an international investment bank called Madison Street Capital played a major role in the arrangement of a credit facility for a company called Napoleon Machine. Napoleon Machine as the name suggests is a company that works to offer value addition to manufacturing services in different ways which include: metal fabrication customization, light assembly, precision machining, and any other service for medium-large steel structures.


Napoleon Machine was receiving the facility from Sterling Commercial Credit. Barry Peterson, Madison Street Capital Senior Managing Director, commented that the credit facility was going to provide great access to operating capital which was going to expand the capabilities of the company to meet the needs of its customers. The CEO of Madison Street Capital, Charles Botchway added that the credit facility was a tremendous asset to the growth of the company in the years to come.


The President of Napoleon Machine, Kevin Febrey praised Madison Street Capital for the time they took to understand what Napoleon Machine was looking for, and how it was planning to forge its future. Not only was this reason enough for Madison Street Capital to take charge of the process, but it understood the capital needed. Madison Street Capital also offered various options of financing which would allow Napoleon Machine to have the leisure of borrowing four times the required capital to fuel the company’s growth, something other conventional facilities were not offering.


Napoleon Machine was happy with the arrangement they had with Madison Street Capital, and this has created an opportunity for the company to work with Madison in the future.


Madison Street Capital (MSC)


Madison Street Capital is a leader in the finance industry; in 2016, it presented a hedge fund industry overview where it reported that 42 deals in the hedge fund market were announced in 2015, which was higher than the 32 deals made in 2014. Madison Street Capital in 2015 noticed that the industry assets of hedge funds were at a record high even though most hedge funds strategies performed poorly.


The investment firm is committed to excellence, leadership and in providing corporate advisory service on finance, M&A, and valuation services to all sorts of businesses. The services provided by the company allow companies to position themselves as drivers of their own industry. MSC is a global brand that has the trusts of companies across the world because of its dedication to professionalism.


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Guilherme Paulus: Investor Extraordinaire

Guilherme Paulus attended the fifth edition of the Top seller event. He was attending as part of the guest speaks who would help encourage the young entrepreneurs in attendance.

Guilherme Paulus has become a household name in the tourism sector in Brazil with investments that are now in the billions of dollars. His two companies GJP and CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. have become critical parts of the industry and continue to grow in value and importance. These levels of investments continue to grow his personal wealth and create employment opportunities for many more. His GJP network has assets valued at more than five hundred million dollars currently running around twenty hotels and resorts. Most of these hotels are strategically located and are relatively new since the GJP network was only founded in 2005.

The founding of GJP coincided with announcements of the potential mega sports events expected in the country. The FIFA world cup was coming to Brazil and would be followed by the summer Olympics two years later. To Guilherme Paulus this were investment opportunities and he embarked on getting the required approvals to build hotels near the country’s key airports that would be the major entry points for those visiting Brazil. These approvals were granted and the process of building hotels begun.

In 2007 Guilherme Paulus would be approached by a private equity firm who had an interest in acquiring a 63.6 percent stake at CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. with the vision of growing it to greater heights while having a controlling stake in it. The deal would cost the equity firm 420 million dollars, which would help Guilherme Paulus grow GJP. His focus at this time turned to GJP which was a young company and would require the same hand holding that was given to CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. in it’s formative years. This level of attention to details has seen GJP as achieve success almost similar to CVC and hopefully will surpass it in the near future. Brazilian businessman continues to remain committed to nurturing more entrepreneurs and help them attain success similar to his.

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