Mark Okada

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

With over 30 years of experience in the credit markets, Mr. Okada is widely regarded as an industry innovator in alternative credit investing and was responsible for structuring one of the first actively managed CLOs. He has been a regular speaker on CNBC, Bloomberg Television, and at industry conferences around the world.

Mr. Okada was previously Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Highland Capital Management, a multibillion-dollar global alternative investment firm. Mr. Okada oversaw Highland’s investment activities for institutional and retail activities, including CLOs, SMAs, hedge funds, private equity, listed funds and ETFs.

Prior to joining Highland Capital, Mr. Okada was a fixed income Portfolio Manager for Protective Life Insurance, where he shared responsibility for managing a $1 billion syndicated loan portfolio. Prior to joining Protective Life Insurance, He served as Vice President and Portfolio Analyst at Hibernia National Bank, where he sourced, analyzed, and managed assets for a multibillion-dollar portfolio of sub-investment grade syndicated loans.

Mr. Okada is devoted to a number of philanthropic and civic causes with a particular focus on education, health, faith-based service, and Japanese-American relations. He serves as board chairman for Education Is Freedom, the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society, and Karisopolis, LLC. He is also a trustee at the Japanese American National Museum, a board governor and strategy & governance committee member at The Dallas Foundation, a board member and investment committee member at the U.S.-Japan Council, and a member of the Education Reform Advisory Council at the George W. Bush Institute. Mr. Okada also serves as President of the Okada Family Foundation.

Mr. Okada earned a B.A. in both Economics and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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