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French | West | Vaughan French | West | Vaughan
112 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Founded: 1997.

Agency Statement: French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is the Southeast’s leading public relations, public affairs and brand communications agency. The firm celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, a milestone that comes as the company makes its debut among the country’s top 15 PR firms (2017 O’Dwyer’s Ranking of Top U.S. PR Firms). FWV is also the winner of The Holmes Report 2016 Consumer Agency of the Year and the Bulldog Reporter Consumer, Midsize and North American Communications Agency of the Year.

Founded in April 1997, the firm is led by Chairman & CEO Rick French. Today, FWV employs 103 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. FWV is a partner in IPREX, a $200 million + network of global communication agencies, with 1,500 staff and 100 offices worldwide.

In addition to ranking FWV No. 14 nationally, O’Dwyer’s placed FWV No. 1 in the Southeast, a position it has occupied for nearly 15 years. Among the top agencies, FWV ranks second in both Beauty/Fashion and Sports Marketing, sixth in Entertainment Marketing and ninth 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 holds the distinction as the only N.C.-based integrated marketing firm to earn Agency of the Year accolades in the public relations industry – something it has accomplished on 12 different occasions. In addition to four separate AOY honors in 2017, FWV was a finalist for 2016 Global Consumer Agency of the Year (Holmes Report) and was ranked in the Top 10 of the 2016 Global Creative Index. The agency also captured a North American Innovation SABRE Award on behalf of long-time client Wrangler in the Digital Brand Platform category.

Over two decades, FWV has represented iconic brands like Wrangler, Coca-Cola, Jack Daniels, Slim Jim, Justin Boots, Pendleton Whisky and many others, as well as the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bassett Furniture, Saft, ABB, Teen Cancer America and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Rick French, chmn. & CEO; David Gwyn, pres./prin.; Natalie Best, exec. VP/dir., client svcs./prin.

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Bassett Furniture
Concord Hospitality Group
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Louisiana Film & Entertainment Assn.
Moe's Southwest Grill
NC Dept. of Transportation
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Pendleton Whisky
Peter Millar
Public Service Credit Union
Teen Cancer America