Monthly Archives: June 2017

A Dive Into Jim Dondero and His Way to Investment Success

Barron’s takes an in-depth approach to talking about the leadership of Highland Capital Management and specifically focuses on James Dondero, a co-founder and President of this company. It posits that Mr. Dondero offers a disciplined, disciplined and bold leadership to this firm. These qualities have enabled him to be able to steer the firm to its successful status that it has held for several years now.The leadership qualities of Mr. Dondero are highlighted in this article. He has a wide experience in the alternative asset management, and he is one of the best in the world. MR. Dondero is disciplined in that he constantly works to improve the proprietary investments systems and processes of this company. And finally, he is bold in that he aligns interests by means of co-investment developing solutions and not products.

About James Dondero

Mr. James David Dondero doubles as the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer of Highland Acquisition Corporation. From April 25, 2016, Mr. Dondero has served as both the Secretary and the President of Highland Acquisition Corporation. He has been the President and the Managing Director of Highland Capital Management, L.P. since 1993. He is among the founders of Highland Capital Management which was conceived in 1993 and has been managing the private equity business since then.His educational background speaks for itself. Mr. Dondero received the highest honors from the University of Virginia. He also graduated with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from McIntire School of Commerce.

Other educational achievements of Mr. Dondero include Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).Mr. Dondero today boasts of more than 30 years of experience in credit and equity market. Some of his portfolio management experiences encompass investment grade corporations, mortgage-backed securities, emerging market debt, common stocks, preferred stocks, high-yield bonds, and derivatives. To add onto his experience, Mr. Dondero has also been serving as the President of Prospect Street Income Shares Inc. all the way from July 2001 and also had at some point held the position of Chief Executive Officer here. Visit : to learn more about him

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Point To Duterte Death Squads

Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte has been tightening his controversial fight against local and international drug traffickers, leading to thousands dead, and human rights violations continue to grow. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin of the Frontera Fund say the majority of the victims have been petty criminals, instead of the drug masterminds they claim to be after.

President Duterte has admitted that security forces kill people in the name of the fight against drug-related crime, and nearly 400 local suspected drug dealers have been murdered. Larkin and Lacey question if these security forces have turned into death squads. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

Organizations such as Amnesty International have accused President Duterte and his security forces of massive human rights violations, but Duterte says he will not allow the U.S. and European Union to intimidate him. 72-year old Duterte says, “I am old and do not fear going to jail or going to hell; I will cut off the heads of any opponents.” Larkin and Lacey both warn of the erosion of human rights, and point out that rationale is seriously threatened.

Dutertes sharpest critics include the European Union, which threatened among other things, a stop of duty-free imports from the Philippines. According to recent data from the Philippine government, the European Union is the largest and fastest growing exporter of the Philippines since the first quarter of 2017. Currently two-thirds of Philippine categories of EU import duties are exempt.

The EU and China both have offered aid to help with programs to hinder international drug trades, but Duterte turned down any support. The Philippine Finance Ministry has recommended not to accept any other financial assistance in the future if the aid is contingent on to the interference. Michael and Larkin say Duterte is steamrolling any human right protections the Philippine citizens may have.

Eradicating drug dealers was part of Dutertes campaign promises, among other things, and he was elected by a large majority. These are the harsh realities the Frontera Fund fights against. The fund distributes grants to organizations that help strengthen communities that fight to end abuse. Four years ago, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded the Frontera Fund.

After winning a $3.7 million dollar settlement, against Maricopa County, Arizona, Larkin and Lacey allocated the money for the Hispanic community, focusing on their civil rights issues. Today, the Frontera Fund helps various organizations mobilize public opinion, and fight against human and civil right abuses


Stock-Based Loans at Equities First- Affordable Source of Business Capital

Equities First is a commonly known source of optional lending services, particularly from the beginning of the economic world crisis. As it gets a bit harder to borrow loans from traditional lenders, Equities First services have turned into hot zones where small businesses and potential investors seek their capital. The company is recognized and respected for its good reputation worldwide by offering special products at a time when most borrowers are getting turned down by banks. Al Christy is the Chief Executive Officer and CEO of the company and recently confirmed the increase in the number of borrowers seeking for stock-based loans and margin advances. Equities First is taking services closer to customers at a time when banks and other conventional companies have tightened their loaning criteria.

As indicated by Al Christy, stock-based loans come with multiple benefits. First, because they are affordable; secondly, borrowers enjoy higher loan to value rations, and thirdly, clients benefit from non-resource and non-purpose loan features that are not found in other companies. The firm’s services are also of extraordinary character and are customized to meet the best needs of their clients. Equities First stock loans are loved and well-known to establish a hedge during market instabilities, hence exposing investors to fewer risks. The non-recourse feature permits clients to walk away from any further loan reimbursements without being obligated to the lender while with non-purpose; investors can use their money as they wish.

Equity First dedicated firm providing technological lending services in different corners of the globe. The company started in 2005 and offers high-quality solutions to potential investors in need of non-purpose capital. The global leader in stock loans has working offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Perth, Bangkok, London, and South Africa. The firm is devoted to offering unique investment solutions while providing product establishment to offer borrowers affordable liquidity proportions via secure mechanisms.

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Duda Melzer: Championing for Family-owned Businesses

Family-owned businesses such as the Brazilian media conglomerate, Grupo RBS, are steeped in longstanding histories that are reflective of the family traditions and culture. Their strong culture background gives them an edge when it comes to leadership transition. However, strong culture and smooth leadership transition are not guarantees for success. Leaders of such entities such as Eduardo ‘Duda Mary’ Sirotsky Melzer have to make strategic decisions while drawing from their vast experience and academic background to steer such entities to financial and operational success. However, he first sharpened his skills in various companies where he held different management positions with significant success.

Career and Education History

In a report by Acaert, before taking over as the president and chairman of board of directors at Grupo RBS, Duda Melzer gained experience working as a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton in 2001 followed by a brief spell as a senior financial analyst at Delphi Corporation. He also worked at BoxTop Media before finally joining Grupo RBS in 2004 as its director general tasked with overseeing the company’s domestic market. Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer also has a strong background following his graduation from Harvard University with a Master of Business Administration degree. In 1988, he graduated from PUCRS with Business Administration degree.

Award-winning Entrepreneurship and Management

According to Globo, Duda Melzer’s meteoric rise through the ranks of Grupo RBS to become the company’s president and chairman has also coincided with his rise as a reputable entrepreneur. He founded e.Bricks Digital where he is currently serving as the chairman. He is also a partner Ventures and one of the investors in e.Bricks. His excellent entrepreneurial track record was feted in 2015 with an Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the family business category. The same year, he was awarded the Merit in Management Award in the private sector category. In 2015, he was included in the Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise.

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Doe Deere: A Rebel with a Cosmetic Cause

Doe Deere, founder and CEO of the cosmetic company Lime Crime, got her first taste of makeup at the budding age of nine while “conjuring spirits” with her friends at a slumber party.

“I pulled out a makeup bag and began piling dark pink eyeshadow, crooked winged liner and brown lip gloss (also crooked) on all of us,” said Deere in an interview with Galore online magazine.

“My friends probably thought I was nuts, but I didn’t care!”

That “no care” attitude, hard work and a deep entrepreneurial hunger has given growth to both Doe Deere and her company.

Today, the company has 174 employees and an estimated annual revenue of $2.5 million, according to an Owler company profile. The Lime Crime concept began back in 2004 as a simple Ebay store and officially launched itself into the highly competitive cosmetic industry in 2008, said Deere.

The Los Angeles-based company “revolutionizes makeup with some kick-ass products” for those who have no apologies for their love of bold, vibrant color. The brand is also socially conscious; all products are certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free by PETA and Leaping Bunny.

Deere represents her seemingly rebellious brand well. She is often seen publicly with bright pink, blue, peach or fuchsia hair, vivid lipstick and glittering eye shadow which adds highlights to her naturally beautiful eyes.

Born and raised in Russia, Deere moved to New York City at the age of 17. Her goal was to become a musician. She succeeded and performed with a band in Brooklyn for many years. But the entrepreneur within was always thinking of new ideas.

“When I was 13 years old, I sold temporary tattoos which was a novelty at the time,” said Deere in an interview on Guest of a Guest. She popularized the tattoos and sold them to her classmates.

Her idea for Lime Crime stems from what Deere saw as a need for bright colors in the world of cosmetics.

“I always gravitated towards bright and unusual colors but back in 2008 they were impossible to find,” said Deere. “I was so surprised to see just how many girls gravitated towards the same.”

She says by serving this largely untapped market, Lime Crime has been successful and profitable.

Lime Crime’s website is a shopping bonanza for color lovers and trendy trailblazers with Makeup for Unicorns, her M$LF velvetine collection, and her Unicorn chocolate cherry hair dye which actually sounds yummy.

“Always rebelling, never boring, Lime Crime’s here to shake things up” is part of their goal. Mission accomplished.

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