Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan

October 31, 2019

James Dondero Chooses Good Causes For The Highland Capital Management Foundation

The Highland Capital Management Foundation has been working for many years to build a philanthropic legacy that will last for many years to come. The Highland Capital Management Foundation has been built by James Dondero to focus the majority of its financial muscle on the Dallas, Texas area of the U.S. where the company has its headquarters. As Highland Capital Management has built its success for the future with more than $17 billion in assets under management, the company and Chairperson James Dondero has become leading figures in the local community.

James Dondero has become an important figure for the people of Dallas because of his commitment to the people of the city he now calls home. James Dondero and his business partner, Mark Okada moved to Dallas in 1993 to take advantage of the innovative business climate in the city. Establishing Highland Capital Management in Dallas allowed the pair to become successful in less than a quarter of a century.

Jim Dondero was not content with solely being a business success but felt he had to work in the philanthropic sector to extend his impact on the Dallas community. Like many wealthy philanthropists, James Dondero believes in pushing on the cause of advancing the arts in a city where the oil and energy production sector has many of their most important businesses based. Dondero does not solely look to financially support the arts but has publicly backed the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Museum of Art. The Highland Capital Management Foundation has been important in providing donations and physical support to many groups fighting for social justice across Texas. James Dondero financially supports groups including the Family Place where the problem of domestic violence is tackled on a daily basis with support given to those who are affected by this ongoing problem in the Dallas region.

October 24, 2019

3 ways Alejandro Lopez is the Best Face of Energy

Historically based in Venezuela, Alejandro Betancourt Lopez has influenced entrepreneurs and businesses around the world. Despite his global reach, he remains committed to delivering advanced technology and supplying the energy needs of Latin American communities.

Lopez Background

Alejandro Betancourt Lopez was born in 1980 in Caracas, set in the valley of a coastal mountain range in Venezuela. He received degrees in Business Administration as well as Economics from the Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Lopez began his career at the ICC-OEOC, a company whose priority is energy and specifically oil. As part of the UK branch, Betancourt became the Business Manager for Latin America. Shortly after that, Alejandro Betancourt Lopez joined the executive team of the Guruceaga Group, a law firm involved with international trade in finance and farming, among other commodities.


In a neverending drive to supply the energy demands of Venezuelan residents, Alejandro Betancourt López and Pedro TrebbauLópez cofounded Derwick Associates in 2007. With its innovative approach to thermoelectricity, the company supplies electricity to nearly 725,000 households. Lopez presides as CEO of Derwick Associates and has helped it expand its services outside of Venezuela.

Moreover, Alejandro Betancourt Lopez leads the O’Hara administration, which controls almost 20% of the shares in Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation as of 2015. Previously known as Pacific Rubiales Energy, Pacific Exploration & Production changed its name to reflect its increasing Latin American scope.

Finally, Lopez is the president of Hawkers, a company that sells sunglasses online. After the O’Hara administration helped Tuenti Technologies fund Hawkers with a much-needed cash infusion in 2016, the Spanish company named Lopez its new president.

Community Projects

Alejandro Betancourt Lopez has shown evidence of his dedication to improving technology and education in Latin American communities through several endeavors. His efforts contributed to the new wing of the Carmen Salles School in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. Derwick has supported energy-based postgraduate programs such as exist at Simón Bolívar University.

Lopez has also involved himself with environmental concerns, participating in national movements such as World Beach Rescue Day to promote cleanup along the Venezuelan shoreline.