Jim Ferguson has an extensive background in business with more than 38 years in the restaurant
industry. He has also served as City Manager of Bluefield and in his more youthful days had a short stint in Law Enforcement.
Ferguson began his involvement in Rotary in 2007 and has served as the District Chair for Polio and the Rotary Leadership Institute. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Bluefield and a Paul Harris Fellow. Then West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin recognized him for his community service and volunteerism. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 2009 by the Rotary Club of Bluefield, followed by an honorarium of a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010 and Service Above Self Award in 2011. In 2012, Jim received the Spirit of the District 7550 Award by DG Larry Nelson. Ferguson is a graduate of RLI, as well as faculty member, and served for four years as a District RLI Chair.
Along with the Bluefield and Princeton Rotary Clubs, Ferguson has been instrumental in bringing some of the first micro flush toilets (environmentally conscious facilities) to the United States. His service has expanded beyond West Virginia, in that he has traveled on a Polio NID (National Immunization Day) mission trip to India, on a clean water and sanitation trip to Ghana, and a humanitarian mission to Honduras. He is also involved in many other civic organizations in his community, including the We Can (Working to Support Child Abuse and Neglect) Program, Toys for Tots, MDA, and Special Olympics.
Jim cites family and faith, along with work and community service as his priorities, which he credits to his mother. Occasionally, his wife reminds him to act his age, but this proves difficult as he seems not to remember his birth year. Married to Sarah Ferguson (not the Duchess of York), they have two children, two granddaughters, and a grand-dog.