Mark Okada is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Highland Capital Management, L.P, a Dallas-based investment advisor with $18 billion in assets under management. Highland is one of the largest and most experienced global alternative credit and equity managers and has been instrumental in providing alternative investment solutions for over 20 years. At Highland, Mark is responsible for overseeing the firm’s investment activities for its various strategies. He is also portfolio manager of the Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund, which has won the Lipper Fund Award for “Best Loan Participation Fund” in each of the last two years. With more than 30 years of credit and alternatives experience, Mark is widely regarded as a pioneer and leader in the development of bank loans from a niche market into a trillion dollar asset class including trading systems, transaction practices and underwriting procedures. He is responsible for structuring one of the industry’s first arbitrage CLOs and has been instrumental in the development of Highland’s bank loan separate account and mutual fund platforms. Additionally, Mark has been named CNBC “Squawk Master” and is regularly featured on CNBC Squawk Box, Fox Business Opening Bell and many other media outlets. He is a Director of NexBank, member of the Grow South Fund Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Common Grace Ministries, Inc., and member of the Board of Directors for Education is Freedom.