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Based in Raleigh, N.C., French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is the largest independently-held PR agency in the Southeast and the 14th largest in the country.

Clients that we have the privilege of representing include Wrangler, ABB, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Saft, the Certified Angus Beef Council, Bassett Furniture, Red Bull, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Concord Hospitality, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Volvo Trucks, N.A. and the International Gemological Institute (IGI), just to name a few.

FWV is the only NC -based public relations firm to capture National Agency of the Year honors, something we’ve now done a dozen times, including seven in the past 18 months. The honors are a testament to the trust our clients place in us to find breakthrough creative solutions that enhance their reputation and drive customer engagement and product sales.



Rick French. Chairman & CEO
Natalie Best, Chief Operating Officer

Rick is a leading expert in consumer marketing and crisis management and has co-authored a book on PR best practices. Originally a journalist, he worked in senior positions with large PR firms, an international chemical company and a national bank holding company before founding FWV in 1997

Previously with the National Basketball Association and two NBA teams, Natalie has been at FWV for over 15 years, creating and executing marketing and PR programs for clients including Coca-Cola, RBC Bank, Wrangler, AstroTurf, Melitta coffee, Peter Millar, and many, many others

Contact: Rick French. Chairman & CEO
Mobile: +1 919 345 4531
Contact: Natalie Best, Chief Operating Officer
Mobile: +1 919 606 6015


112 E Hargett Street
Tel: +1 919 832 6300


  • Consumer
  • Food & Beverage
  • Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

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