James Dondero Provides $1 Million Dollar Grant

The co founder of Highland Capital Management James Dondero recently announced that he will give $1 million to a local Dallas charity known as The Family Place. This organization helps support victims of family violence. With the $1 million grant offered by James, The Family Place will be able to come up with a considerable portion of the $2.8 million it needs to fund its annual Legacy Campaign. Dondero’s announcement of providing the grant came when he attended the 21st annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. By providing this $1 million grant, James Dondero will be in position to continue making a difference in his community.

James Dondero co founded Highland Capital Management in the year 1993. He started this firm after a long career in the finance industry. When starting up Highland Capital Management, James Dondero looked to continue working with large institutional investors by managing their capital. James had his firm offer a number of ways to manage large amounts of capital by taking advantage of hedge funds, equity securities and collateralized loan obligations. Over the years, James and his firm have helped a number of investors more easily and efficiently manage their capital on a regular basis. With this success, James decided to expand his firm to other parts of the world in countries such as the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Korea.

Prior to starting up his own finance firm, James Dondero worked in the finance field as a credit investor and a chief investment officer. At the beginning of his career, James was working as a trainee in which he would analyze and invest in credit securities. He experienced a considerable amount of success at this position as well as gaining some valuable experience. After a number of years, Dondero would advance to higher level positions such as chief investment officer. When working at this position, James would manage billions of dollars in assets for major corporations such as American Express. Before James started his career, he went to the University of Virginia where he attained degrees in accounting and finance. In his spare time he engages in philanthropic activities for causes such as education, healthcare and veterans affairs.

Mike Baur Spurring Business Growth Through the Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur is a venture capitalist and an experienced businessman. He holds previous experience in the Swiss banking sector, so he is working to extend his support to young entrepreneurs with tenable business ideas. He launched the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 to help young professionals, and the company has to date supported hundreds by nurturing their ideas.

 

The Swiss Startup Factory is an incubation program that seeks to support entrepreneurs with ideas based on digital products. Those who prove able are picked and taken through a series of sessions and given resources to help them understand their journey in entrepreneurship better.

 

Accelerator

In just three months, one is able to move from a simple idea to the market. The accelerator program catalyses the process of implementing one’s ideas and developing a product that is targeted at elevating the business to a higher level in the market. There are several expert input sessions and 101 mentor sessions that are handled collaboratively by mentors.

 

This program works with a network of investors and entrepreneurs who are successful and among the best in the market. The acceleration steps include the selection stage, then for three months the entrants are taken through sessions meant to build, learn and measure their capabilities. The final stage entails a demo meant to reinforce what they have learnt along the way.

 

Digital transformation

Each company appreciates the need for automation and digitization. More than 72 percent of companies in Switzerland believe that embracing digital transformation will help them perform better. The Swiss Startup Factory is helping entrants to the program to understand how to digitize for maximum productivity. The company works with experts, who help entrants to the program in their digital transformation journey through analyses and the formation of products and business models.

 

The challenger looks into the business model and challenges some concepts to test for viability. This helps to identify hidden potential that could inspire success in the business, or any elements that should be eliminated for the business to become successful.

 

CEO & Founder, Mike Baur

Mike Baur is a banker by profession and he has served in the Swiss Private Banking sector for about 20 years. He has held executive positions in major financial institutions and upon his exit from the industry, he ventured into supporting young entrepreneurs. At 39 years of age, he launched the Swiss Startup Factory, an ICT Startup Accelerator serving Switzerland. He has invested a lot of money and time into the company and is optimistic it will work with more entrepreneurs.

Brian Bonar Now Making Startup Restaurants A Big Investment On His Part

Some notable restaurants have taken over the picturesque Escondido town, just north of the main hub of San Diego, and one of those restaurants is Bellamy’s, a grand cuisine featuring some exquisite dishes prepared by Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty.

The founder of this restaurant is Brian Bonar, a San Diego based businessman who has undertaken a project to build fine restaurants in the Escondido and San Marcos area, including the signature Ranch at Bandy Canyon tourist area.

Bonar formerly did scouting for HR experts in the companies he’s founded over the years, and now he’s become a talent seeker in the culinary arts world. He certainly did no wrong in hiring Ponsaty, who has won the prestigious Master Chef of France honor, and has been named to the “Chef’s Hall of Fame” in San Diego’s Home & Garden magazine.

Prior to taking over Bellamy’s and other restaurants of San Diego County, Bonar founded companies that focused on Human Resource management and new technologies for accounting and payroll management.

He got his education completed at the universities of Strathclyde and Staffordshire in the UK, and has even earned the honor of Lord Bonar of Wilcrick, a Welsh noble honor granted to him for his work. Bonar has served on and managed so many companies, some of which include Rastek Corp., QMS Management, Bezier Systems, and IBM U.K. Ltd. For over 20 years, Bonar has been with the Dalrada Financial Group in San Diego, and during that time he’s founded several professional employer organizations (PEOs).

According to his LinkedIn profile, Brian Bonar’s PEO companies have helped small to mid-sized businesses save money on operations by outsourcing tasks to them. Basically, businesses go hire a PEO to manage human resources, accounting, payroll services, taxes, employee benefits, hiring and recruiting.

Businesses still control the day-to-day tasks and can terminate the partnership at any time for any reason. But the PEO can take care of all the regulatory and compliance issues without the parent company having to hire extra accountants or auditors.

Bonar has also changed some tech manufacturing companies into full IT service businesses. Imaging Technologies Corporation, a San Diego printer, copier, and imaging software company has built a full-scale administrative support system that helps clients install and troubleshoot network printers, photocopiers and fax systems.

In addition, Imaging Technologies partnered up with PEO SourceOne Group to streamline business infrastructure into an all-in-one employer and IT group. In addition to his business activities, he’s also on the board of The Boys and Girls Club of San Diego.