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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. 15 on the list of the nation's largest PR firms (2021 O'Dwyerâ's Ranking of Top U.S. PR Firms) and has been in the top 20 for nearly 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 20 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 operating divisions are: FWV Fetching, a pet and veterinary PR and marketing agency; AMP3 PR, a fashion, beauty, luxury and lifestyle PR firm based in New York City; CGPR, an active lifestyle, outdoor, ski, fashion, technology and travel PR and consumer brand marketing agency based in Greater Boston; and Prix Productions, the company's longform content feature and documentary film division, with offices in Raleigh and L.A. FWV employs more than 120 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 $380 million + network of global communication agencies, with 1,600 staff and 110 offices worldwide.

FWV maintained Top Five national rankings in three practice areas in the latest O'Dwyer's rankings, moving up one spot to No. 2 in Sports and holding the No. 3 position in both the Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle; as well as Entertainment categories. The agency also ranks in the Top 10 in Agriculture (No. 7); Automotive & Transportation (No. 9); and Travel, Hospitality & Economic Development (No. 10); followed by Top 15 rankings in eight categories: Environmental, Sustainability & Greentech (No. 12); Industrial (No. 12); Nonprofit (No. 12); Purpose & Corporate Social Responsibility (No. 12); Professional Services (No. 13); Real Estate Finance & Development (No. 13); Food & Beverage (No. 14); and Home Furnishings (No. 14).

FWV has amassed more than 1,100 PR, advertising and digital marketing awards on behalf of its blue-chip client roster. 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 Association
Atlantic British
California Innovation
Case Knives
City of Durham (NC)
Concord Hospitality Enterprises
Derma E
ECOS Paints
First Nation Group
Fossil Group
Healthy Pet
HR Florida
International Gemological Institute
Lenzing AG
Locus Biosciences
My True 10
NC Department of Transportation
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
NC SweetPotato Commission
New Hanover Community Foundation
Nite Ize
Northeast Veterinary Dermatology Specialists
Nutramax Laboratories Consumer Care, Inc.
PBS North Carolina (formerly UNC-TV)
Pendleton Whisky
QC Terme
Quest Diagnostics
Reborn Clothing Co.
Sherpa Collaborative
Softies by Paddi Murphy
Teen Cancer America
The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Town of Cary (NC)
Tree Top
Turnbridge Equities
Vermont Creamery
Vets Pets
Visit Greenville, NC
Volvo Group
Wilmington and Beaches CVB

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