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Highland Capital: A local focus on Charities has been reinforced with Strategic Hire

Highland Capital recently decided to grow its already established philanthropic program. As a result they have enlisted a well know Dallas figure to help manage the program. Linda Owen is well known for her work at The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation and well as her involvement with the Crystal Charity Ball. She has been involved in the Dallas her entire life and will be a solid addition to an already strong program established by Highland Capital.

Highland Capital contributes over $3 million on an annual basis to charitable causes and that money is managed through The Dallas Foundation. Linda Owen will be working side by side with the foundation to help form and strengthen the firm’s philanthropic program. The Dallas Fund is a well know organization that has been around since 1929, focusing on improving the lives of the residents in the Dallas area through various grant . Both Owen and the Dallas Foundation have a long history in strategic planning for charitable giving.

In past years, Highland Capital has been known to contribute to many local Dallas Charities including: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Brain Health, the Dallas Zoo, Uplift Education, Snowball Express and the American Heart Association.

Highland Capital philanthropic program is not limited to its financial donations. The firms’ culture encourages its employees to also be engaged with the local causes and assist them with overcoming any challenges they face.

Much of Highland Capitals Philanthropic culture is created and driven by the Firm’s Founder and President James Dondero. James founded Highland Capital in 1993 and had always incorporated sense of giving in the firms culture. James is actively involved in many local charities especially causes involving veterans, education and public policy. Dondero often lends his expertise to local charities in an advisory position. Dondero focus on local charities is his belief that it is important to improve the lives of the people around you.

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160608006430/en/James-Dondero-Teams-Dallas-Civic-Leader-Linda

Additional Links:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/james-dondero-teams-dallas-civic-200400368.html

Meet James Dondero; the Highland Capital Management CO founder and President

Keith Mann’s Scholarship with Uncommon Schools

Keith Mann, the founder and chief executive officer of Dynamics Search Partners, has recently announced the Keith and Kelly Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement that will be provided to a high school graduate each year that attends one of Uncommon Schools high schools in Brooklyn, Ny., award which will help hard working students of low-income to attend and graduate from college.

Uncommon Schools is an institution that manages over 40 urban charter public schools across the United States. The mission of Uncommon Schools is to close the achievement gap and to be able to prepare its pupils for four year universities so they can succeed professionally. Uncommon Schools also provides to its students with an unconventional and elite education, which even out competes private schools.

Each year one graduating senior of Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn will be nominated for the award, and students are required to write an essay of approximately 1,000 words. In the essay, they have to explain how obtaining a degree will helped them personally and professionally. Keith Mann, someone who dedicates his time in pairing executives with leading industry talent, is an advocate of education and wants to help Uncommon Schools’ students, the future leaders in the world of business. The scholarship is worth $5,000.

He has over a decade of experience in the executive recruitment industry and has sourced talented professionals across the world in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The mission of Dynamics Search Partners is to pair employers with talented professionals and to establish genuine and strong relationships with both clients and candidates. Currently, Dynamics Search Partners has served thousands of mandates, and it is also one of the leading firms in alternative investments and hedge funds in the world.

Additional Links:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/keith-mann-and-dynamics-search-partners-raise-over-22k-for-uncommon-schools-of-new-york-300044729.html

http://metro.co.uk/2016/05/10/a-pilot-broke-all-the-rules-to-fly-trapped-animals-out-of-fort-mcmurray-as-wildfire-advanced-5872590/

Eric Pulier Is Ahead of His Time

Many people have started successful companies in the tech industry. However, nobody has been able to do this as consistently as a man named Eric Pulier. He has carved out a sensational career that has seen him launch one successful tech company after another. His methods have been studied by other top entrepreneurs in the hopes of replicating his success. However, nobody to this point has shown the ability to create tech startups quite like Eric Pulier.

Eric did not have any aspirations of making a name for himself in the technology field when he was a young kid growing up in New Jersey. He was consistently one of the greatest students in his school as he was growing up. This academic excellence allowed him to have his pick of colleges to attend. He was offered entry into Harvard. He accepted Harvard’s offer and eventually completed a degree in English literature. It was originally Eric’s goal to become an English literature professor. However, his career path changed dramatically upon his graduation. It was at that point that he realized all of the opportunities that were waiting for him in the tech industry. He decided that creating a tech startup was what he wanted to do.

It was not long before Eric realized that he had made the right decision. He had a knack for assembling talented teams and figuring out a way to raise capital for his various tech ventures. His success made investors come to him. They wanted to get in on the ground floor of any project that Eric was working on because they realized the tremendous amount of money that could be made.

Eric’s reputation started to spread like wildfire throughout the entire tech world. This opened up another lucrative opportunity for him. He began to get offers to speak at various conferences. He started to command high fees for these speaking engagements where he would answer questions about his career and offer advice to entrepreneurs to help them get their own startups off the ground. Eric has continued to be a top draw for all of the speeches that he gives.

Additional Links:

http://hackronym.com/the-impressive-track-record-of-eric-pulier-venture-capitalist-and-philanthropist/

http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=235882&privcapId=104763179

Squaw Valley Expanding Resort to Improve Profits and Increase Jobs

In a recent op ed in Auburn Journal,Squaw Valley’s new plans to attract tourists year round were examined. Squaw Valley is well known for its natural beauty, but visitation to Lake Tahoe slows in the spring. Mountain retreats have become a competitive market and Squaw Valley is looking to make changes to draw more visitors.  Learn more about Andy Wirth:  http://www.sierrasun.com/news/business/17254546-113/squaw-valleys-andy-wirth-appointed-chair-of-reno and https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport

Squaw Valley’s hope is to implement a plan that still conserves nature, while attracting more tourists and bringing jobs. Their goal is to invest in the community. The plan has been developed with input from the community, making it a truly collaborative effort. Due to the suggestions from the community, they have made alterations to the plan. The finalized plan will come before the Placer County board of supervisors for approval – Read more: Andy Wirth – About.me.

This plan will help to generation 25 million in tax revenue, which will go back into improving the community. Some of the community areas it will help are road improvements, snow removal, and environmental services. In addition to tax revenue, this expansion will bring 1400 new jobs to the community, reducing unemployment rates.

Protecting the environment is a priority during this project. The expansion will take place on 82 acres of parking lot to help conserve the natural beauty.

Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley, and he is veteran of 25 years in the mountain and hotel industry (You can also click this link to read more: Andy Wirth – President & CEO @Squaw Valley Ski Resort). Wirth has received several professional and community awards, including Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award, Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award and earned a spot on the HSMAI Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list.

In 2013, Andy Wirth‘s right arm was ripped off but was surgically reattached, showing his resiliency. He is truly an accomplished business man in the mountain resort industry.