James Dondero Puts a Smile on Hippo-Lovers’ Faces by Funding Their Come-Back to Dallas Zoo

After more than a decade of waiting, hippos have finally made their much-anticipated return to the Dallas Zoo. This comes following a year’s long construction and a four-year planning that finally hatched the $14 million worth, 2.1 Acres Simmons Hippos Post. This habitat features a 24*8 ft. magnificent window that allows guests to have a spectacular view of the crystal waters of the 120, 000-gallon waterhole. The conservation sanctuary serves as a facility for creating environmental awareness: Efforts that naturally speak on behalf of this 3rd largest, globally renowned mammal.

The two hippos, Adhama and his female counterpart, Biopelo were acquired from the Albuquerque Bio-Park. The return of this mammals received high reception, after the sole hippo fondly known as Okapi, died in 2001. The revival of the Dallas Zoo’s Simmons Hippo Outpost project-launch fund was donated by the Harold Simmons Foundation.

Additionally, Highland Capital Management Lp, headed by James Dondero, was another generous donor who contributed $1,000,000. The fund was mainly used in the development of a 4.485 ft. Squared Lodge, which is purposed for use for educational excursions and private occasions. This donation by HCM Lp. is but one of a litany of charitable deeds the organization has expended toward community development projects.

Other Donations

James Dondero’s organization spends more than $3 million every year on several charitable organizations. In addition to the Dallas Zoo contribution, the Highland Capital Management has contributed generously to institutions such as Perot Museum of Nature & Science, The George W. Bush Presidential Library, The American Heart Association and the Center for Brain Health.

There is more! The James Dondero-Administration at Highland also takes the unspoken role of inputting their knowledge and experience to offer guidance and direction to the institutions that they support, through leadership programs and other critical services. In fact, Mike Rawlings finds James Dondero philanthropic enterprises as nothing more or short of inspiring.

Why Dallas Zoo?

Rawlings highly regards the staff at Highland owed to their commitment and efforts towards the dispensation of worthy causes like environment conservation. “My firm is committed to investing in the Dallas Community by supporting organizations that serve Dallas through unique societal influence. Dallas Zoo is the sort of institution that Highland Capital is happy to help,” said James Dondero.

Chris Burch: An Exceptionally Visionary Entrepreneur

Throughout his lifetime, Chris Burch has been involved with a number of entrepreneurial enterprises. Mr. Burch studied Business at Ithaca College from 1972 to 1976. In 1976, while he was still a student, Chris Burch began his career as an entrepreneur by investing $2,000 in a startup apparel company known as Eagle’s Eye. The company subsequently grew to have a value of $165 million.


Since then, Chris Burch has contributed towards the creation of over 50 companies in industries such as fashion, technology, real estate, hospitality, retail and organic food. For the past 40 years, he has perfected his ability to insightfully and skillfully invest in successful entrepreneurial ventures. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Burch Creative Capital, which he founded in 2008. Burch is also a philanthropist and has been involved with several different charities such as Mt. Sinai Hospital and The Child Welfare League of China.


Chris Burch regularly shares his advice and perspective regarding investment and the future of entrepreneurship. For example, he recently discussed the co-evolution of the technology and fashion industries. He pointed out that fashion companies and startups ought to capitalize on the benefits of incorporating technology into their designs and that technology companies should strive to create aesthetically pleasing wearable technology.


He provided interesting examples of the hybridization of fashion and technology such as dresses that can make drinks or even paint themselves. Other advancements in wearable technology hold safety benefits. Designers have created gloves that provide wearers with the ability to communicate using hand signals and bicycle “airbags” that protect riders in case of an accident. Burch also discussed the creation of wearable technology that can be used to harness energy for powering the wearer’s electronic devices.


Chris Burch’s unique perspective allows him to provide key insights to others into a wide range of areas. He has thoroughly demonstrated his skills as an entrepreneur and investor, in addition to his ability to effectively share his thoughts on entrepreneurship and technological advancements with others. Chris Burch has established himself as a highly effective communicator and entrepreneur with visionary insights into the future.


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No Deal, No Problem on Shark Tank for Online Reputation Company

In 2010, Syracuse University students Patrick Ambron, Pete Kistler, and Evan Watson started BrandYourself, a reputation management company, to help others manage and optimize Google search results. The company was developed after Kistler found out that employers found a prisoner with the same name as him on Google search, saysAngela Barbuti on Heavy News, March 20, 2015. Kistler had a hard time being hired, so he asked Ambron for help because he knew that Ambron had Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experience.

Overall, the company’s mission is to provide clients with positive results when others search about them online, says Ambron to Barbuti. The software program that was developed eliminates any negativity against someone when others search online. And, the software product is free, says Ambron to Barbuti. However, the company’s package cost $100 a year, which allows clients to manage more than three of their sites online. Additionally, BrandYourself package allows clients to know what location people have Googled them from.


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BrandYourself is a search engine optimization company that first developed in Syracuse, NY, then relocated to NYC as it grew with a half of million users. People like the product and tell others, says Ambron to Barbuti.

It was season 6, episode 628, on March 20, 2015, of the TV series “Shark Tank” that Ambron presented their company and its services to the sharks on national television. In fact, before BrandYourself aired on “Shark Tank” and refused the offer of host Robert Herjavec, BrandYourself had over $2 million in revenue, says Angela Barbuti, July 31, 2015. The other hosts Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary had concerns about the future growth of BrandYourself.

Since the “Shark Tank,” Ambron says, we just about tripled our revenue and have hired more employees, said Barbuti.