Founded in April 1997, the firm is led by Chairman & CEO Rick French, President David Gwyn and Chief Operating Officer Natalie Best.
Today, FWV employs 113 public relations, public affairs, social media, advertising and digital marketing experts between its Raleigh, N.C. headquarters and New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa offices. Among its operating divisions are: FWV Fetching, a pet and veterinary PR and marketing agency based in Tampa; AMP3 PR, a fashion, beauty, luxury and lifestyle PR firm based in New York City; and Prix Productions, the company’s longform content feature and documentary film division, with offices in Raleigh and L.A.
FWV is also a partner in IPREX, a $380 million + network of global communication agencies, with 1,600 staff and 110 offices worldwide.
In addition to ranking FWV 14th nationally in audited annual fee billings, O’Dwyer’s ranks FWV #1 in the Southeast, a position it has occupied for more than 15 years. Among the top agencies, FWV ranks second in both Beauty/Fashion and Sports Marketing, fourth in Entertainment Marketing and 11th in Travel/Tourism and Economic Development. The agency’s work in Agricultural, Food & Beverage, Home Furnishings, Professional Services, and Environmental/Public Affairs also earned category rankings in the top 20.
FWV has been recognized over 900 times with awards on behalf of clients such as Wrangler, Coca-Cola, Jack Daniels, Slim Jim, Justin Boots, Pendleton Whisky, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bassett Furniture, Saft, ABB, Teen Cancer America and countless other industry leading companies and brands.
It has also become one of the nation’s go-to agencies for issues management and crisis counseling work, having defended the reputation of dozens of high-profile individuals, institutions, companies and associations.