Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon

James Dondero who is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., recently announced that the company had offered a $1 million challenge grant in aid of The Family Place. The Family Place is a Dallas-based organization that supports victims of family violence. The announcement came during the Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon held at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas.

The grant is administered through the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc., which is a philanthropic branch of Highland Capital Management and matched 50% of the funds raised from the campaign up to $ 1 million by April 2017. Learn more about James Dandero:

The Family Place Legacy Campaign aids the construction of a new Counseling Center at Central Dallas to help family violence victims and the building named “Ann Moody Place.” The center includes a medical and dental clinic, 13 emergency shelter bedrooms, a centralized hotline/call center, multipurpose spaces for job training, multiple counseling rooms for individuals and groups, and counseling rooms for adults and children.

About James Dondero

James Dondero is a Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. He co-founded the company alongside Mark Okada in 1993 to be among the largest and most experienced alternative credit management companies globally. Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with top honors in Commerce and dual majors in Finance and Accounting.

James began his career in 1984 under the Morgan Guarantee training program and has now gained over 30 years experience in credit and equity markets, focusing mainly on high-yields and distressed investing. Since inception, Highland Capital has pioneered the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and established credit-oriented solutions for retail and institutional investors across the world.

Mr. Dondero also the Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, Nexbank, and CCS Medical. He also serves as a board member of MGM Studios and American Banknote. Dondero is an active philanthropist supporting different initiatives in veterans’ affairs, education, and public policy. Before HCM, Mr. Dondero worked as a Chief Investment Officer at Protective life between 1989 and 1993. Between 1985 and 1989, he was the Corporate Bond Analyst and later Portfolio Manager, at American Express.

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If you want to get the measure for a value of a business than look at how many people line up to buy it when it goes for sale. Bruce Levenson had been the owner of the NBA franchise Atlanta Hawks for over a decade when he decided to step away from the company, putting it up for sale. The NBA has never been more alive, at least in terms of top heavy rivalries, and that made the decision to sell the Hawks a great financial move. Levenson quickly found that offers were coming to the table in record speed. Leading the way was a fund manager by the name of Antony Ressler.

Antony Ressler isn’t just another suit with a deep pocketbook, there’s more to him than that. Ressler is a minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers of the MLB but he had been trying to buy his way into an NBA team for the past couple of years. Ressler had approached Steve Ballmer when the Clippers were for sale but he flinched at the more than $2 billion selling price. The Clippers are a top tier franchise but not worth that kind of money at least in Ressler’s mind. Then a short year later the Hawks went up fro sale for $850 million. The price was right.

For as different in perception the Hawks and Clippers are, their output over the past several seasons has been almost identical. Both teams according to ESPN, are filled with talented players that seem to top out before their respective Conference Finals. If Ressler could get the Hawks for half of the price, why wouldn’t he? Ressler approached UCG owner Bruce Levenson in order to buy the team but he didn’t do it alone. Ressler had former NBA star Grant Hill at his back along with a host of other people interested in the purchase.


Recently, M&A Advisor announced that Madison Street Capital had made it to the finals of the awaited 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards.

In the financial industry, the awards are held in high esteem. They symbolize achievement, identify excellence in financing, deal making and restructuring besides celebrating the achievements and contributions made by leading professionals and firms. The Chicago based firm was nominated for the industrial Deal of the Year and Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year -international. The former recognizes Madison Street Capital’s pivotal role in making it possible for Dowco to acquire Acuna & Asociados S.A. This transaction was undertaken under the leadership of Karl D’Cunha, the investment bank’s senior managing director.

The founder and CEO of Madison Street Capital, Charles Botchway, could not hide his joy after assisting the company’s longstanding client, Dowco, with its acquisition process. He posited that they were happy to be nominated for the Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year- International. He went ahead to posit that the company’s deal makers put more efforts in connecting clients with the emerging and growing businesses. To this end, clients’ diverse needs are addressed.

Karl contended that the acquisition process was intricate given that it was characterized by many moving parts. He concluded by asserting that Madison Street Capital would strive to provide its clients with innovative services. The award ceremony shall be held on November 9, at the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala in the New York Athletic Club.

In the past 18 years, the M&A has recognized and established a solid financial industry and professionals. The entity continues to connect leading industry performers across the world. This information was originally mentioned on

About Madison Street Capital

Madison Street Capital is a renowned investment bank that is committed to delivering corporate financial services to private and public companies. The company’s employees embrace integrity, leadership and excellence in undertaking their day-to-day duties. By virtue of being in business for long, Madison Street Capital is sensitive to issues of corporate finance. This way, it has managed to respond quickly to opportunities. The employees have extensive knowledge and experience on how to match buyers and sellers. In addition, they can match financing and enhance capitalization structures to the unique situation of each client. Since its inception, Madison Street Capital has helped many clients achieve their goals.

The investment firm has succeeded in providing valuations, M&A and financial advisory services because of its experience in corporate governance and corporate finance. Madison Street Capital’s strength lies in four core areas of expertise. They are extensive network, investment banking, independent valuation services and professional depth. The company has comprehensive resources, litigation support and connections with high-level decision-makers. It has unrivaled expertise in mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring, capital raising and portfolio valuation. In addition, the entity observes the highest level of professional standards courtesy of unparalleled leadership and decades of experience.

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Dental Care

When it comes to sleep apnea, it is not something that Dr. Avi Weisfogel takes lying down or takes lightly. As a matter of fact, with any sort of condition, he is going to do whatever is possible to make sure his patients are comfortable and feel good. When he ran Operation Smile, that is how he operated. He knew that many people were suffering from issues with their teeth and were unhappy with their appearance from children to young adults. He set up a page to raise funds in order to get the ball rolling with that. He is not the kind of doctor that does his work at the office and just disappears when the job is done.

For Avi Weisfogel, the job is never done. He is always working as hard as possible and working overtime to fix any discomfort a patient has. When it comes to discomfort, pain, or anything involving sleep, it affects everything about a person’s life. If they are unable to sleep well or have sleeping issues, it can lead to more serious health issues. That is why Avi Weisfogel is so dedicated and committed to this. He does not want it to lead to that. He would rather nip it in the bud now as opposed to later. He knows by doing this, his patients can lead a happy and comfortable life.

He has taken it upon himself to start up Dental Sleep Masters and it is exactly what it sounds like. It is masters in the field of dentistry working around the clock to get the best results possible with state-of-the-art sleeping labs. It takes more than one person to fix this sort of issue. His hope is that this will help as many of those that suffer from this condition as possible. 90 percent of those who suffer, in fact, don’t even know they have it. It is more than just snoring and sleepless nights.

Avi is wise to reach out to other dentists and make it a team effort. He is working his tail off, but he needs others to join him in this fight.

For The Ladies

If you are a woman with dry hair, then you know how difficult it can be to get rid of. You may have tried many hair conditioners and treatments that claim to add moisture back into dry hair with little more than lack-luster results, if any. Don’t despair, because you can have that healthy head of shiny, lustrous hair and get rid of that dry, brittle hair for good when you follow these two tips.

  1. Stop Using Traditional Shampoos

If you are like most women, you may feel like you have to shampoo your hair at least several times each week, if not daily, to feel like it is clean. Unfortunately, traditional shampoos, even those labeled sulfate-free, strip your hair’s natural moisture away, no matter how gentle they claim to be.

You don’t have to skip cleansing your hair at all to eliminate dryness, but instead switch to a cleansing conditioner, like Wen by Chaz. You can apply it to your wet hair, massage it into your hair and scalp, and then rinse to get rid of any dirt and hair product build-up without stripping the your hair’s natural oils and rinsing them all down the drain.

  1. Embrace Leave-in Conditioners

You may not realize that you can condition your hair even further after you have cleansed and conditioned it with a rinse-off conditioner in the shower. Leave-in conditioning sprays can add even more moisture to dry, brittle hair, and they are an absolute must if you dry your hair with heat.

However, you have to be careful when choosing your leave-in conditioner, because some can weigh down your hair or even leave a layer of residue on your hair that makes it look dull and lifeless. One leave-in conditioner that won’t weigh your hair down and actually helps bring its natural luster back is Wen by Chaz’s feather-light replenishing treatment mist. Simply spray an even layer on your hair after cleansing, conditioning, and towel-drying your hair to provide it with even more moisture. Chaz Dean’s cleansing conditioners are available online through eBay, Amazon, Guthy-Renker and Sephora only.

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Technology is the cornerstone of the school environment. People in different countries around the world are embracing technology in a lot of different ways. There are SMART boards that are using in classrooms that allow children to interact. Teachers also have access to Talk Fusion technology that allows them to send video emails to parents. The virtual field trip is also popular. There is even an app like ClassDojo that is changing the way that teachers and parents communicate.

This is a ground-up change that gives the teacher the ability to bring portions of the classroom to parents through technology. This app is being used in schools around the world to motivate children to do better. When kids are aware that their parents are checking out what they are doing it will be much easier for them to stay focused. They are going to want to impress their parents in the videos that a teacher may send.

The Class Dojo app gives teachers a chance to create a community that involves both the parents and the students. In so many instances there is a parent and teacher discussion that leaves the child out. At other times there are teacher and student discusses that get lost in translation when kids relay the messages back to their parents. The communication gap is closed as teachers and parents use these apps along with their children to follow progress.

It is important for parents to know what their children are doing in school, but this can become a very complicated equation sometimes. Parents are often faced with the dilemma of trying to balance work and home life. Adding in homework and projects from school just add another level of work to a busy schedule. With the ClassDojo app parents get the chance to stay up to date on what their children are doing without totally getting caught off guard.

Teachers are able to send messages to parents with the ClassDojo. That means that parents never have to get surprised by the last minute project assignments that students should have started working on weeks ago. There is nothing worse than working with a child on a project the night before it is due. Something always goes wrong or there is always something else going on at the same time. With the ClassDojo app parents can communicate with teachers and prepare for things like this in advance.