Tom Ferguson

Tom Ferguson is the founder and CEO of Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken and Your Birding Story. Ferguson is a serial entrepreneur with an ability to see and bring people together for a common goal. Rise is a fast growing franchise known for innovative, chef-inspired twists on favorite breakfast and lunch items, tight operating procedures and a corporate culture that promotes love and respect at all levels. The concept has grown from a single restaurant to 16 Rise locations now open in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Kansas, Georgia and Tennessee with over 100 units in development. Visit for more information.

Your Birding Story is a community that helps you get started in birding, connect. with other birders and share your birding stories. Ferguson speaks publicly about the impact birding has had on his life and is passionate about sharing this story. and impacting the lives of others.

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Earlier in his career, Ferguson was a pioneer in the North Carolina food truck. scene with Only Burger and one of the area’s premier caterers as chef-owner of Durham Catering for 16 years. Tom is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran Army Airborne Ranger. He lives in Durham, NC.

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