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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, advertising and digital media agency, a distinction it has held since 2001. FWV is ranked No. 17 on the list of the nation's largest PR firms (2022 O'Dwyer's Ranking of Top U.S. PR Firms) and has been in the top 20 for more than two decades. FWV is the only N.C.-based public relations firm to capture National Agency of the Year honors, something it has now done 23 times since its founding in 1997.

The firm is led by Chairman & CEO Rick French, President David Gwyn and Chief Operating Officer Natalie Best. Among its partners and affiliates are: FWV Fetching, a pet and animal health PR and marketing agency; AMP3 PR, a fashion, beauty, luxury and lifestyle PR firm (New York City); CGPR, an active lifestyle, outdoor, ski, fashion, technology and travel PR and consumer brand marketing agency (Greater Boston); Big Picture PR, a lifestyle, consumer technology and influencer marketing agency (San Francisco) and Prix Productions, the company's longform content feature and documentary film division, with offices in Raleigh and L.A. FWV employs more than 130 public relations, public affairs, social media, advertising and digital marketing experts between its Raleigh, N.C., headquarters and offices around the country.

FWV is also a partner in IPREX, a $420 million+ network of global communication agencies, with 1,600 staff and 110 offices worldwide.

FWV maintained Top Five national rankings in three key practice areas in the latest O'Dwyer's rankings: Entertainment (No. 3); Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle (No. 4); and Sports (No. 4). The agency also ranks in the Top 10 in six additional areas: Agriculture (No. 7); Energy (No. 8); Automotive & Transportation (No. 10); Purpose & Corporate Social Responsibility (No. 10); Real Estate Finance & Development (No. 10); and Travel, Hospitality & Economic Development (No. 10).

FWV has amassed more than 1,400 PR, advertising and digital marketing awards on behalf of its blue-chip client roster. It is the most-decorated agency in the history of the Southeastern U.S. 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.

Rick French, chairman & CEO; David Gwyn, president; Natalie Best, COO

Clients Include:

American Pet Products Assn.
Atlantic British
Bordallo Pinheiro
Bull City Summit
Case Knives
City of Durham (NC)
Coastal Conservation Assn. of NC
Concord Hospitality Enterprises
Derma E
First Nation Group
Healthy Pet
HR Florida
Kontoor Brands (Wrangler)
NC Coalition to End Homelessness
NC Dept. of Transportation
New Hanover Community Foundation
Nite Ize
Nutramax Laboratories Consumer Care, Inc.
Octapharma Plasma
PBS North Carolina (formerly UNC-TV)
Proximo (Pendleton Whisky)
Quest Diagnostics
Teen Cancer America
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Town of Cary (NC)
Turnbridge Equities
Urbn Leaf
Vermont Creamery
Visit Greenville, NC
Vista Alegre
Wilmington and Beaches CVB

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