November 2-3, 2021
Chicago, IL

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Rashid Ghazi

President, Paragon Marketing Group

Rashid Ghazi is the President of Paragon Marketing Group. He joined the agency in 1998 and assumed the role of President in June, 2021. A thirty-three year industry veteran and entrepreneur, Rashid started his career in the Media Department at Leo Burnett and then worked at Intersport Television before ultimately joining Paragon as a founding partner.

Rashid is a pioneer in the creation and broadcast of live televised high school sports programming starting with Lebron James’ memorable game against Oak Hill Academy on ESPN2. Since that time, he has delivered over 700 live high school sports contests for broadcast across ESPN Networks providing a first glimpse of future NCAA, NBA and NFL stars such as Kevin Durant, Tim Tebow and Trevor Lawrence to a national television audience while they were still in high school. He also developed the first nationally sanctioned post-season event series in high school sports, and created @whonexths, a robust social media platform covering high school sports and college recruiting. Overall, Rashid has developed over 5,000 hours of live and taped television programming in his professional career with his programs featured on numerous cable and broadcast networks as well in syndication.

In addition to his content and event creation experience, Rashid is an expert consultant for corporations and brands looking to engage through corporate sponsorship marketing. He has negotiated and activated partnerships on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 clients with properties such as the PGA TOUR, United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA), NHL, Vail Resorts, NCAA, USA Hockey and the US Soccer Federation. 

Rashid also directed the documentary film FORDSON: Faith, Fasting, Football which received national distribution via AMC Theatres in 2011 and won numerous film festival awards including Best U.S. Documentary at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. He most recently invented and published AMPTHAT, a sports highlights editing APP currently available on Apple IOS operating system.

Rashid received his BA in Business and Sociology from the University of Redlands (CA)  and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He currently serves as Chairman of the IQRA Educational Foundation and as a Board Member at his alma mater, North Shore Country Day.  

Rashid lives in Glenview, Illinois with his wife Ruhma and their four children.