o  Managed by a tenured, trusted team with an average of 25 years experience


o  An actively-managed approach designed to navigate complex and evolving markets


o  A track record with some of the world’s most distinguished institutional clients and financial institutions1


o  Privately owned and independent


Innovative ∙ Forward-Looking ∙ Alpha-Generating

A single question guides NexBank Wealth Advisors: What do clients really need? In a complex, uncertain world, we believe clients seek a proven investment approach and performance that isn’t eroded by excessive fees – not an industry behemoth with its own best interests at heart.

Seeking alpha through an active approach

Our Approach

We seek to deliver clients alpha through both active asset allocation (please see our white paper) and our unique ability to source alternative investments through the power and experience of our affiliates. We believe this approach is a truly unique wealth-management solution, and one well-equipped to deliver in complex times.

Additionally, by drawing on our network of affiliates, we can provide investors access to exciting institutional-quality co-investment opportunities. These are designed to complement clients’ core portfolio and to protect and grow your family’s wealth.

Our Leadership
Founder and Portfolio Manager
James Dondero, CFA, CPA, CMA is a member of the Investment Committee and Portfolio Manager for NexBank Wealth Advisors, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the alternative / affiliated portion of the portfolio. He is also Co-founder and Principal of Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based alternative investment firm, and the Founder and Principal of NexPoint, an investment group launched out of Highland that specializes in real estate. Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience investing across the alternative landscape. In that time, he established a number of integrated businesses to manage investments in credit, real estate, private equity, and other areas, building a global investment network. Mr. Dondero holds various leadership roles across the Highland Capital Management and NexPoint businesses; he serves as a portfolio manager for several funds on the Highland and NexPoint platforms and is an officer and director at NexPoint’s publicly traded REITs. Additionally, Mr. Dondero holds director positions at several companies within financial services, healthcare, and real estate, among other industries. He is the chairman of NexBank Capital, Inc. and a director of MGM Holdings, Inc. and Texmark Timber Treasury, L.P. A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Dondero actively contributes to initiatives in education, veterans’ affairs, and community and economic development, and has been instrumental in supporting a number of civic and cultural institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is a member of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Executive Board and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Executive Advisory Council. Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in accounting and finance. He has received certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Portfolio Manager
Mike Hurley, CMT is a member of the Investment Committee and Portfolio Manager for NexBank Wealth Advisors, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the liquid, ETF portion of the portfolio. He also serves as the Chief Market Strategist for Highland Capital Management, joining the firm in 2011 as a sub-advisor and prior to that served as a Portfolio Manager of the Fusion Global Long/Short Fund (FGLSX) from its inception in September 2007 to November 2008. That fund posted a positive return in 2008 and won the Lipper Performance Achievement Award in the Long/Short category (ranked #1 of 90). Prior to launching FGLSX he served as Chief Technical Strategist for several boutique research firms, including: M.S. Howells & Co., Sound View Technology Group and E*Offering (The Investment Bank of E*TRADE). From 1986 to 1994 he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, where he flew over 50 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm, earning two Air Medals. Mr. Hurley is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received B.A. degrees in both Business Economics and Chemistry. He is Series 7, 63 & 65 licensed and is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT).
Director of Operations
Svetlana Kouzmenko is a Director of Operations at NexBank Wealth Advisors. Prior to joining in July 2017, she was a Portfolio Analyst for five years at True North Advisors. In her role there, Ms. Kouzmenko was responsible for managing over $400MM in assets, improving the firm’s internal processes, and implementing the Envestnet Tamarac Platform, which enables efficient and nearly automated portfolio management. Previously at True North Advisors, she served as a Data and Financial Analyst, auditing key financial projects and improving the firm’s revenue collection process. Ms. Kouzmenko received a BBA in Finance, BS in Economics with Financial Applications, and MA in Applied Economics from Southern Methodist University.