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Rick French

Rick French

Chairman & CEO

Joined 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 both a National Trustee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland and is Executive Producer of Relativity Media’s upcoming “Not Without Hope” starring Dwayne Johnson.

David P. Gwyn

David P. Gwyn

President

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.

Natalie Best

Natalie Best

EVP & Director of Client Service

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 on the boards of the Alexander Family YMCA, NC Child and has served the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education and UNC Journalism Alumni & Friends.

Barrie Hancock

Barrie Hancock

Senior Vice President

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.

Jenny Pilewski

Jenny Pilewski

Senior Vice President

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.

Kristen Levine

Kristen Levine

Senior Vice President (FWV Fetching pet/vet practice)

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.

Melissa Timney

Melissa Timney

Vice President

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.

Jack Glasure

Jack Glasure

Sports & Entertainment Practice President

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.

Angie DeRusha

Angie DeRusha

Vice President of Advertising Services

Joined FWV: 2016 | Primary Responsibilities: Account strategic guidance, advertising operations and client relationship building and growth | Alma Mater: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA | Outside Interests: Fitness guru, road cyclist, skier and any other outdoor activities you can think of | What to know about Angie: Southern raised New England approved, Angie grew up in Richmond, VA but relocated to Raleigh from Queens, NY. A lover of the New England coastline, her appreciation for flat cycling terrain is growing as she logs mile after mile through North Carolina's countryside. Always helping her navigate is her partner in life Rick, their wheaten terrier Copper and her Garmin.

Leah Knepper

Leah Knepper

Vice President

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.

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

Associate Vice President

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.

Brad Grantham

Brad Grantham

Associate Vice President

Joined FWV: 2016 | Primary Responsibilities: Leads the technology, healthcare, crisis communications and media training practices | Alma Mater: Louisiana State University | Outside Interests: Family, music, current events and LSU football | What to know about Brad: Brad leads FWV’s Media Academy, a premier media training course. He has media trained global clients for interviews on the nation's top news programs, including “60 Minutes,” CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. He is a recipient of national, regional and local broadcast and public relations awards, including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.

Dean Logan

Dean Logan

Creative Director

Joined FWV: 2016 | Primary Responsibilities: Senior creative counsel, responsible for all agency creative content, team development | Alma Mater: Transylvania University, Lexington, KY| Outside Interests: Halloween enthusiast, wood sculpture creator, spending time with my family| What to know about Dean: Born and raised in Kentucky, regular speaker on the local marketing circuit, previously ran his own creative consultancy, loves building LEGOs with his kids, makes a great gin martini, has the best decorated Halloween house in all of Wake Forest – maybe even Raleigh.

Scott Palmer

Scott Palmer

Vice President Digital + Social Media

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.

Liz Lindley

Liz Lindley

Vice President

Joined FWV: 2017 from Fetching Communications | Primary Responsibilities: Account Management for Pet & Veterinary division, crisis strategist, litigation PR | Alma Mater: Emory Law School in Atlanta, GA; University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA after transferring from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY | Outside Interests: Reading memoirs, yoga, music, every sports the kids are doing, advocacy for Crohns awareness as well as children's food allergies. | What to know about Liz: She won a poetry contest at UVa,thought about teaching English Literature, but earned a JD and practiced divorce law for three years. Then moved into PR, at a global agency, a leading education company, with national law firms, and most recently, pet product manufacturers and specialty veterinary practices across the U.S. Loves her family's maltipoo Rosie.

Brandee Davis

Brandee Davis

Associate Creative Director

Joined FWV: 2016 | Primary Responsibilities: Creative direction for multi-channel campaigns| Alma Mater: UC Riverside, Riverside, CA| Outside Interests: Drawing, painting, gardening, dogs | What to know about Brandee: Brandee is a Southern California girl, alive and well in North Carolina. She is in love with her two dogs, Austin and Dudley. She thrives on tight deadlines and big campaigns.

Rich Griffis

Rich Griffis

Senior Art Director

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.

Raul Gonzalez

Raul Gonzalez

Hispanic Marketing Director

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.