Rashid Ghazi founded North Shore Films to produce Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football-- a story which he began developing in 2003 with the basic belief that his fellow Americans were interested in what real-life American Muslims were really like. A lifelong football fan himself, Ghazi felt the story of the Fordson High School football team would make the kind of heart-warming, entertaining film that all Americans could relate to, while giving people a chance to learn more about the values, aspirations and opinions of Arab- American Muslims.
The award-winning film marks Ghazi's directorial debut. He, along with his wife Ruhma, solely funded the production, distribution and marketing of Fordson.
Ghazi has developed over 2,000 hours of television programming in his 21 year professional career. His programs have aired on ESPN, Fox Sports Net, CBS College Sports (CSTV), IN Demand HD, NBC and in national and local broadcast syndication.
Ghazi is a pioneer in the broadcasting and creation of national and local high school sporting events. He has delivered over 100 live high school sports contests for broadcast on the ESPN Networks and was the first person to showcase future NBA and NFL stars such as LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Tim Tebow on television while they were still in high school. He also served as co-creator and executive producer of the 65 episode documentary series Preps Chicago Hoops, which aired on Fox Sports Net in 2000.
Aside from his film work, Rashid is currently a full-time Partner at Paragon Marketing Group and brings with him over two decades of experience in corporate consulting, television/event development and sponsorship sales. Ghazi began his career at Leo Burnett where he worked in the Media Department, and then at Intersport Television before joining Paragon Marketing Group in 1998.
Paragon Marketing Group is a consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships, representing a number of Fortune 500 clients. Ghazi was part of a team that won the 2010 Promo & Activation Grand Prix and the PR Grand Prix Awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. He has negotiated numerous sponsorship agreements on behalf of his clients, regularly working with professional and amateur sports teams, leagues and governing bodies.
Ghazi graduated from the North Shore Country Day School in 1985 and completed his B.A. in Business and Sociology in 1989 from the University of Redlands where he also served as Student Body President. He received his MBA in June of 1999 from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
He is currently a Board Member of the IQRA International Educational Foundation as well as the North Shore Country Day School.
Ghazi resides in Glenview, Illinois with his wife, Ruhma, their daughter and two sons.