Who is Glen Wakeman?
Glen Wakeman is a global entrepreneur who mentors new entrepreneurs in business and finance. His success has been attributed to the skills gained through his education as well incredible character traits of endurance, focus, and passion for business. He is also a renown investor and writer who desires to share knowledge related to entrepreneurship. Glen is an alumnus of the University of Scranton where he pursued a Bachelor of Science economics and finance in 1981 and later in 1993 enrolled in an MBA Program from the University of Chicago.
Glen Wakeman’s global perspective has seen him work in about thirty-two countries worldwide and lived in six of them as he worked there. This travels and staying in other countries has occurred during his over twenty years in the corporate world.
Upon his graduation, his career journey started by working in developmental positions as well as P&L worked at GE Corporation and later in Doral Financial Corporation. It is while in GE Company and Doral that he traveled the world a lot. After working several years at Doral Financial Corporation, Glen Wakeman was appointed as the chairman of the board of Doral Bank Corporation. His credibility, dedication, and commitment in his work saw him rise to higher positions. While working in organizations, his main activities have been merger and acquisitions, downsizing, new market entry, start-ups and exponential growth. Throughout his vocation, he has had an opportunity to work with high valued asset companies as high as $15 billion and even over seventeen thousand employees and ensured tremendous growth even then (Angel.co).
The Impact of LaunchPad Holdings in Business Start-ups
Glen Wakeman is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the Launchpad Holdings which was established in 2015. The company offers online support to new businesses through offering services related to business strategies and planning.
Also, Glen Wakeman is an active blogger who writes posts related to business transformation, emerging markets, global business affairs as well as good leadership skills (https://ideamensch.com/glen-wakeman/). Through this platform, Glen provides his clients with professional advice related to strategy, capital raising and various forms of financing. His mentorship program mostly targets C level managers.
Many who achieve great success enjoy said success without any thought for those who helped them get there or the environment that supports them, then there are those who as Martin Luther King, Jr said, “choose to walk in the light of creative altruism”. For those who fall in the ranks of the later the desire to give back can at times lead them to do remarkable things and exhibit great generality which is far in excess of the blessing which have been bestowed upon them in the first place. Such is the case with financial superstar James Dondero.
James Dondero started his highly successful life with humble beginnings. He didn’t attend the ivy league, instead, he opted to attend The University of Virginia, where he enrolled in the McIntire School of Commerce from which he received dual degrees in accounting and finance. Out of school, he was recruited into the Morgan Guaranty training program which he started in 1984. From here the success just started to snowball.
He soon found himself working for companies such as American express and GIC. The latter of which afforded him the opportunity to help organize the subsidiary Protective Life and see its growth from inception to an eventual valuation of over $2B between 1989 and 1993. At American Express he served in numerous roles, each more challenging than the previous and each offering him more opportunities to grow his skills and develop the connections he would use later when he started Highland Street Capital in 1993.
It is Highland Street Capital that is his crowning achievement. HSC is the origin of the most recent act of generosity for Mr. Dondero who announced on October 4, 2016, at a benefit luncheon for The Family Place. The Family Place is the leading provider of support services in the Dallas Metro Area for those who are affected by family-based violence. At the luncheon Mr. Dondero announces that HSC had issued a challenge grant which will match 50% of all donations toward the organization’s Legacy Campaign, which is a fund-raising initiative established for the purpose of raising $16.5M in capital funds for the construction of the Ann Moody Place, a new facility which will allow the organization to better serve those who it is charged with helping.
The grant will cap out at $1M and will match all funds raised up to that point from the date of the announcement to the end of the campaign on April 4, 2017. The Ann Moody Place will allow The Family Place to better serve its clients by providing emergency shelter space, medical and dental clinics, multipurpose facilities for programs and job training, counseling space, and more. The grant will be administered by the philanthropic arm of Highland Street Capital, the Highland Dallas Foundation. more about dondero in linkedin.com.