Highland Capital Awards The Family Place a $1 Million Grant Challenge in Support of the Legacy Campaign

James Dondero announced a $1 million grant challenge from his company, Highland Capital Management, towards The Family Place’s Legacy Campaign created to raise $16.5 million. The money raised will fund the construction of Ann Moody Place, a support center for family violence victims in Dallas, Texas.

The challenge grant from Highland Capital will boost The Family Place’s fundraiser efforts as the latter seeks to raise the remaining $2.8 million in its Legacy Campaign. Dondero made the announcement during a luncheon event organized by The Family Place in celebration of its 21st Annual Trailblazer Awards held at Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The challenge grant will be administered through the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation of Highland Capital. The company will match any money raised towards the Legacy Campaign by 50 percent from October 4, 2016, to April 4, 2017. Already, $200,000 has been raised in support of the Legacy campaign; therefore, Highland Capital will donate $100,000 as per its challenge grant.

James Dondero said that Highland Capital was proud of the civic responsibility and the work done by the Family Place in helping the local Dallas community. The Ann Moody Center will shelter over 2,000 family violence victims every year upon its completion.

James Dondero

James “Jim” Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1993 together with Mark Okada, his business partner. He has accumulated an impressive 30 years in the financial industry working in credit markets with a particular focus on distressed investing, equity, and high-yield investments.

Dondero has been instrumental in heading and growing Highland Capital for the last 23 years. The company pioneered the market for Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) and developed successful credit-oriented solutions for both retail and institutional investors globally.

Dondero is highly philanthropic and supports causes like education, public policy, and veteran’s affairs. He sits on several company boards like MGM Studios, NexBank, American Banknote, CCS Medical, and Cornerstone Healthcare.

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The Career Journey of John Goullet

Mr. Goullet’s career began as an IT consultant before his way up as an IT staffing expert. Later on, in 1994, he started his own IT staffing firm, Info Technologies. At Info Technologies, Mr. Goullet strived to understand the corporate IT staffing industry while addressing specific IT problems experienced by his customers. He matched his personality, commitment, and skills to meet customers’ needs.

Under his helm, Info Technologies grew to an internationally recognized organization, having featured twice on the list of the fastest growing enterprises nationwide. With clear understanding of market trends, Mr. Goullet would provide IT staffing services to Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Within five years, Info Technologies was valued at $30 million, earning it a top ten position on the list of the fastest growing startups in America. Nonetheless, John Goullet’s, Info Technologies merged with Gene Waddy’s DIVERSANT Inc., to form DIVERSANT LLC.

DIVERSANT LLC is the US’ largest African-American held IT staffing firm. The company reflects Goullet’s professional expertise, personality, and commitment to providing quality services to address diverse, complex IT staffing challenges. DIVERSANT LLC has built an excellent reputation as a responsive IT staffing firm among Fortune 500 companies. In fact, the firm continues to experience drastic growth, even during the economic depression.

Recently, DIVERSANT has formed an advisory board to guide and advise the company’s management. The board comprises of senior executives such as business experts and industry leaders not involved in the routine operations of the company. The board council’s the company’s management regarding commercial development and strategic planning.

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Mr. Goullet has been in business for over 22 years. The idea came after realizing that IT staffing was a low-barriers-to-entry venture. Mr. Goullet brings his ideas to light by concentrating on what is happening in the labor markets. As such, he founded Info Technologies after realizing that there was a shortage of IT professionals in the United States.

Michael Zomber Turns Lemons Into Lemonaid

Michael Zomber has had many ups and downs over the last few years. He was exonerated from federal prison in 2011. While incarcerated, Zomber used the experience to do some real soul searching. Not only did he do many things inside to help other prisoners such as researching court cases and helping them attain GEDs, he also did what he does best: write.

Zomber is the author of several highly-acclaimed novels. He is also one of the world’s foremost authorities on antique weaponry. His 40 years of experience is featured on the History Channel show: Tales of the Gun.

Several of Zomber’s novels are to the back drop of war and chaos. He is a storyteller that loves to draw the reader into the realities of war and how it tears families apart.

Zomber was born to the parents of two German immigrants and raised in Pennsylvania. He received a BA from the University of Illinois and a MA from UCLA. He embarked on a writing career shortly after having left college.

Zomber and his wife own a production company that has produced a number of films. He is a huge philanthropist and has given thousands of dollars to many organizations like UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and Operation Smile.

Zomber lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.