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French/West/Vaughan Tops Agency Rankings: Named Largest Agency in the Southeast for 12 Years Running


Capping off another year of double-digit growth, French/​West/​Vaughan (FWV) once again ranks as the most successful agency in the Southeast, following an in-depth review of audited financials by O’Dwyer’s, a leading publication for PR and marketing professionals.

This is the 12th straight year FWV has beat out all other contenders to land the lead spot, which is based on 2015 audited financial results and agency tax returns. The top five Southeast agencies include:

Agency Location 2015 Net Fees Employees
French/​West/​Vaughan Raleigh $21,166,208 96
Jackson Spalding Atlanta $18,172,771 122
Edelman Atlanta $18,138,796 117
G&S Business Communications Raleigh $14,146,603 67
Zimmerman Agency Tallahassee $13,300,000 48

FWV also ranks as the country’s 19th largest agency overall and was one of the leading gainers for the year, with just under 13 percent year-over-year growth. In addition, FWV continues to prove itself as an extremely well-rounded firm with seven practice areas among the top 20 nationwide:

Specialty Practice Area National Ranking
Beauty & Fashion 2
Sports 2
Agriculture 10
Travel & Economic Development 12
Entertainment 13
Home Furnishings 14
Food & Beverage 16

Our success comes from the inside out. It is the byproduct of nearly 100 professional staff working tirelessly to deliver incredible results,” said Rick French, FWV Chairman & CEO. This enables us to retain and grow existing client relationships, while also being able to attract new and exciting clients to our firm.”

FWV has amassed more than 750 national, regional and local awards. It is a 4x National Agency of the Year.

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, Justin Brands, ABB, Hood River Distillers, Melitta, 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 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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