Mark Okada manages around $15 billion at Highland Capital Management, LP, which he co-founded and currently serves as CIO. He oversees Highland’s hedge funds, separate accounts, special situation private equity, collateralized loan obligations, mutual funds, and ETFs. Of these, his specialty is CLOs. In fact, he is seen as an industry pioneer putting together the very first one ever. He is also a pioneer in the development of the bank loan market. He also currently serves portfolio manager of the Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund. Visit jimdondero.com to know more about him.
Okada first entered the U.S. financial industry by earning a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In the years after graduation, he also earned the revered Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Today he a respected member of the board of directors of NexBank Capital, Inc. and is often a featured guest on televised news programs for commentary on financial matters.
In addition to his professional life, Okada also gives to philanthropic causes involving education, religious initiatives, and Japanese-American relations. To these philanthropic ends, he is a leading member of boards such as Education Is Freedom, an organization that provides college opportunities for underserved students; Common Grace Ministries, Inc., the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society, Dedman College Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University. He also serves as a member of the U.S.-Japan Council and is a trustee for the Japanese American National Museum. He was appointed to the three-year museum trustee role just last year, however people in this role can be reelected for it after that time has expired. He was seen as a tremendous acquisition by the leadership already on the board. Read more at Wikipedia about James Dondero.