FRENCH/WEST/VAUGHAN DOMINATES “STARS OF PR” AWARDS, WINS GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST PR AGENCY OF 2017

Raleigh-Based Firm Earns Seventh Agency-of-the-Year Award in Last 18 Months

RALEIGH (Oct. 17, 2017) – French/West/Vaughan (FWV) one of the nation’s largest independently-owned public relations, advertising and digital marketing agencies, continues to punctuate a remarkable 20th anniversary year by winning top honors in four major categories in the Bulldog Reporter’s 2017 Stars of PR Awards, including the competition’s most prestigious accolade, the Grand Prize for Best PR Agency of 2017.

Along with the Agency Grand Prize, FWV earned first-place Gold Awards for Business-to-Consumer PR Agency of the Year, Midsize Agency of the Year and Most Innovative Agency. In addition, FWV Chairman & CEO Rick French was honored with a Silver Award for Agency Leader of the Year.

The Stars of PR Awards were judged by an esteemed panel of journalists from organizations such as Forbes and The Washington Post, including one Pulitzer Prize winner.

FWV, the only N.C.-based public relations firm to ever earn Agency of the Year honors, has now captured 12 National Agency of the Year awards in its illustrious 20-year history, including seven in the past 18 months. The agency also earned a Top 10 ranking this year in the Holmes Report Global Creative Index, and made its debut among the country’s top 15 PR firms, ranked No. 14 nationally and No. 1 in the Southeast by industry trade journal, O’Dwyer’s. FWV is listed as the nation’s third largest Consumer-focused PR firm in the 2017 PR Week global rankings.

“As we celebrate two decades in business, we are honored and humbled by this recognition from Bulldog Reporter and their elite panel of judges,” said French. “Every accolade we receive is a reflection of the quality of our clients and the dedication of our account teams to deliver extraordinary results.”

Headquartered in Raleigh, FWV has offices in New York, Tampa and Los Angeles. Since its founding in 1997, FWV has amassed more than 800 PR, advertising and digital marketing awards on behalf of a blue-chip roster of iconic companies and brands.

About French West Vaughan

French West Vaughan (FWV) is one of the nation’s leading public relations, public affairs, advertising and digital media agencies, with offices in Raleigh, New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa. National, international and local clients represented by the agency include Wrangler, ABB, Hood River Distillers, Melitta, NATHAN, Fleet Feet, Concord Hospitality, Peter Millar, Paralyzed Veterans of America, International Gemological Institute (IGI) and Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants. FWV is a partner in IPREX, the $200 million network of communication agencies, with 1,500 staff members and 100 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fwv-us.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Instagram

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