Tom Ferguson is a CEO, chef, entrepreneur, and birder (not necessarily in that order).

After a self diagnosed nervous breakdown, Tom went to a doctor looking for a pill to help him deal with life. He had been self medicating for years and had hit a wall. The doctor told Tom what he really needed was a hobby. He had been thinking about taking up birdwatching for years and decided to make the jump. This site tells his story – how birds have helped him recover, grow, and strive in life. He will share his adventures through pictures, videos, podcasts, and stories with the hope that someone else out there won’t have to make the same mistakes he did. For Tom — birds just might have saved him.

About TomTom Ferguson is the CEO of Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken — a fast growing franchise known for innovative, chef-inspired twists on favorite breakfast and lunch items and a corporate culture that promotes love and respect at all levels.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Tom spent years honing his craft at some of the best restaurants in the South including the Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas, TX and Magnolia Grill in Durham, NC. He was at the forefront of the national food truck scene when he launched the Only Burger truck in Durham in 2008. He was also one of the Durham area’s premier caterers as chef-owner of Durham Catering for 16 years before starting Rise in 2012. Tom is a veteran Army Airborne Ranger and lives in Durham, NC.

Listen to Tom tell one of his stories on The Monti Podcast.