George James Ghiz has been a record industry executive, talent manager, booking agent, real estate developer and high-end broker. In his 30 years in the music industry, his acts have had five number one records, gathered over 20 gold and platinum records, and sold over 10 million units.
Ghiz started booking talent at age 16, and by the time he was 18, he was producing his own shows in Phoenix and Tucson with national acts Poco, Gordon Lightfoot and others.
His first job in Los Angeles was booking talent at Apogee Management, working with George Carlin, Steppenwolf, Kenny Rankin and Wolfman Jack. By 1977, he'd signed his first act to a major record label, with Bobby Colomby signing Pages, led by singer/songwriter Rich Page, to CBS/Epic. Pages recorded three albums before they reformed and named themselves Mr. Mister. The new band's second album, Welcome To The Real World, was a worldwide hit, selling over five million units, becoming the #1 album in the United States and 15 other countries, and yielding two #1 singles, Broken Wings and Kyrie.
Proving that Mr. Mister was no fluke, Ghiz guided The Rembrandts to world success in the early 1990s. They followed their hit, Just The Way It Is, Baby, with I'll Be There For You, which Ghiz sold to Warner Television to be used as the theme song of the series Friends. It was the number one radio song in the United States for eight weeks in 1995.
Other acts Ghiz managed include Jason Falkner, Marc Jordan, Danny Wilde, Talvin Singh, World Trade, Billy Sherwood of Yes, Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and rappers The Godfather and Hengee. He placed acts with the following labels: Columbia/Epic, RCA, Elektra, Polydor, Island, Atlantic, Capitol, Geffen and EMI America.
In 1995 Ghiz founded the Quango Music Group, a cutting-edge electronica record label distributed through Polygram Island Records. Quango released 28 CDs encompassing artists' projects, original film soundtracks and compilations. While CEO and President of Quango, Ghiz was a creative advisor to Island founder Chris Blackwell and brought him the independent film Gravesend, which Island Pictures distributed.
Ghiz has been a major stockholder and advisor to Paddock Pools Construction Company, a $70 million firm and the largest pool builder in Arizona. He is currently involved in real estate development in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and has built custom homes in Los Angeles.
He has been with Sotheby's International Realty working in the Brentwood office for six years as a broker of luxury properties throughout Los Angeles. Ghiz has lived on the west side for 25 years and is knowledgeable about and loves art and architecture. Through his projects, he has a great understanding of construction and of land values. He understands the emotional component of buying or selling a home and as a lifelong dealmaker, he brings the experience necessary to get a client into escrow and to get the escrow closed.