Opened FWV: 1997 | Primary Responsibilities: Senior counsel and chief promise keeper to clients | Alma Mater: Oakland University, Rochester, MI| Outside Interests: Live music, sports, travel | What to know about Rick: He is a 2018 N.C. Media and Journalism Hall of Fame Inductee; a national trustee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum; co-owner of the Daytona Tortugas, the Advanced A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds;, and he is Managing Partner of Prix Productions, a feature film and documentary production company.
Joined FWV: 1999 | Primary Responsibilities: Senior counselor, client and associate relationship manager, new ideas | Alma Mater: Wake Forest University – Babcock Graduate School of Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Outside Interests: Anything near a beach, live music and sports, golf, raising good kids, arriving in a new city with no plans and just "letting it happen" | What to know about David: He has more song lyrics in his head than you could ever imagine... and he uses them every day.
Joined FWV: 2002 | Primary Responsibilities: Account service head, manager, strategist, marketer. Whatever challenge the day holds. | Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Outside Interests: Running, spinning, travel, golf (getting better at it!), and learning every day about how to be a parent | What to know about Natalie: She serves her community! She is currently on the board of directors of Wake Tech Foundation and has served on the boards of the Alexander Family YMCA, NC Child, Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education and UNC Journalism Alumni & Friends. She is a co-founder of the 9th annual Raleigh Giving Party. She was named by the Triangle Business Journal as a "40 Under 40" business leadership award winner, by Business Leader Magazine as a “Mover & Shaker,” and was recognized nationally by PR News as one of the “2017 Top Women in PR.”
Joined FWV: 2000 | Primary Responsibilities: Management oversight for a wide variety of agency clients within the consumer marketing practice area. | Alma Mater: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT | Outside Interests: Tennis, reading, obsessively following UConn basketball | What to know about Barrie: An old school grammar purist, she's a N.Y.-born, Conn.-raised, happily acclimated Southern transplant striving for that perfect work/life balance.
Joined FWV: 2004 | Primary Responsibilities: Trainer of happy employees and cultivator of satisfied clients | Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Outside Interests: At the moment? All things “baby.” In my dreams? Decorating houses, going for a jog, listening to music, going to a movie, watching the game | What to know about Jenny: She is a new mother, lover of laughter, total neat freak, committed to mastering an attitude of gratitude.
Joined FWV: 2017 (Originally founded Fetching Communications in 2003) | Primary Responsibilities: Leadership of pet and veterinary accounts and development of pet strategies for corporate clients and consumer brands | Alma Mater: St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fla. | Outside Interests: Ballroom dancing, music, fashion and football. Kristen is a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader! | What to know about Kristen: Nationally-known speaker, media personality, author, blogger and influencer, reaching passionate pet lovers across the country through her popular website, Kristen Levine Pet Living.
Joined FWV: 2012 | Primary Responsibilities: Strategic advisor and relationship builder | Alma Mater: Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA| Outside Interests: Sports, fashion, travel | What to know about Melissa: She is research driven, competes in numerous soccer leagues, and has a soft spot for dogs, especially shelter ones.
Joined FWV: 1997 |Primary Responsibilities: Connecting the dots for brands to reach the fans and friends of athletes, artists and entertainers. | Alma Mater: Saint Leo University, Tampa, FL | Outside Interests: Hiking, travel, photography | What to know about Jack: Was the first associate of FWV (formerly Richard French & Associates) when the agency was founded in 1997 & has managed the Tampa office since 1999.
Joined FWV: 2012 | Primary Responsibilities: Oversees FWV’s Travel & Tourism practice | Alma Mater: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC | Outside Interests: Travel, health/fitness, dogs | What to know about Leah: She has marketed destinations including Delray Beach, Fla., Fayetteville, N.C., and Wilmington, N.C. She currently serves as a volunteer for AnimalKind, a non-profit based in Raleigh.
Joined FWV: 2007 | Primary Responsibilities: Account management spanning PR, branding, collateral, events and social media | Alma Mater: NC State University, Raleigh, NC | Outside Interests: Volunteering at SPCA of Wake Country, traveling (favorite cities are Paris, NYC, Istanbul, and Kyoto), running | What to know about Katie: She has extensive experience in PR and social media marketing within the western and fashion industries, winning awards on behalf of clients Wrangler Western and Tony Lama Boots, among others.
Joined FWV: 2010 | Primary Responsibilities: Strategy and execution of digital and social campaigns | Alma Mater: Elon University, Elon, NC | Outside Interests: Running and the Washington Nationals | What to know about Scott P: He is a believer in life, liberty and the pursuit of beautiful online marketing.
Joined FWV: 2018 | Primary Responsibilities: Guides all creative and production | Alma Mater: North Carolina State University | Outside Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, running and exploring the ever growing craft beer scene. | What to know about John: The son of an art teacher and an architect (turned professional sand sculptor), John has never lacked for creative inspiration. It runs deep in his native Raleigh roots. In fact, in 1945 his grandfather opened the very first advertising agency in Raleigh, NC.
Joined FWV: 2017 | Primary Responsibilities: Media strategy and planning, new business, client relations | Alma Mater: State University College at Oneonta | Outside Interests: Spending time w my beagle Zola, traveling, yoga, music, trying out new restaurants, gardening | What to know about Nothailah: She relocated to Raleigh from New York and is enjoying all the South has to offer. Nothailah has worked on accounts across a variety of categories including Banking, Energy, Healthcare, Higher Ed, and Transportation. Nothailah brings deep knowledge working on integrated campaigns and assisting clients in making the shift towards digital integration. She is a strong negotiator and relationship builder with many established media contacts.
Joined FWV: 2018 | Primary Responsibilities: Social media strategy and execution, influencer relationship management | Outside Interests: Travel, cooking, Pilates and rescue pugs. Not necessarily in that order | What to know about Shea: Her career in social media started more than 10 years when her (now defunct) entertainment blog scored the first exclusive interview with Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag from MTV’s The Hills. Instagram Story cooking demonstrations are her therapy. Advocating for children in foster care is her passion.
Joined FWV: 2012 | Primary Responsibilities: Art direction and graphic design | Alma Mater: East Carolina University, Greenville, NC | Outside Interests: Photography, spirituality, fitness | What to know about Rich: A member of the Raleigh chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), he served as board member for student programming for a number of years. Outside the design world, Rich runs and operates Stone•Hinge — a Raleigh-based jewelry and wrist-wear business.
Joined FWV: 2015 | Primary Responsibilities: Hispanic Marketing & PR | Alma Mater: Suffolk University, Boston, MA | Outside Interests: Playing music, guitars, soccer, skateboarding, dogs, and cultures | What to know about Raul: Born and raised in Mexico City, Raul moved to Boston for college with his rock band at the time, following the footsteps of his favorite artist group, The Pixies, before emerging in a career in Hispanic marketing. You can still find him making music, playing shows and producing live music events when he’s not working on his favorite soccer and Hispanic PR campaigns.