Aziz Hashim is recognized as one of the world's leading experts in franchising, and a highly regarded executive in the United States and international franchise space. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of NRD Capital (NRD), a private equity firm headquartered in Atlanta. NRD Capital is the first business fund both sponsored and managed by a former multi-unit franchisee.
In 1996, prior to NRD Capital, Mr. Hashim founded NRD Holdings, a franchise development and holding company. After starting with just a single quick-service location in downtown Atlanta, NRD Holdings soon grew into one of the largest restaurant franchisee companies in the United States. At NRD Holdings, Mr. Hashim worked with leading global franchise brands, including Popeye's®, KFC®, Taco Bell® and Domino's Pizza®.
Found in 2014, NRD Capital now occupies a unique niche in franchise equity investments. NRD Capital invests in companies offering superior products/services and compelling unit-level economics, and technologies which improve margins for operators.
Deeply committed to community service and the growth of the industry, Mr. Hashim previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Franchise Association (IFA), representing the franchise industry and its $1.3 trillion annual economic output. He also served as past Chairman of the 2014 Multi-Unit Franchise Conference. Mr. Hashim currently serves on the Board of Advisors at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the BB&T Bank Regional Advisory Board. Furthering his commitment to the University, Mr. Hashim and his wife endowed a faculty position at the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University for the Study of Franchise Entrepreneurship in 2014.
As a result of Mr. Hashim's dynamic leadership, success, and innovation, he was named by Nation's Restaurant News as one of the 10 most influential leaders in the restaurant industry.
Mr. Hashim graduated with honors from the University of California at Irvine's prestigious electrical engineering program.