Ronald Fowlkes served in the Marine and also graduated from the Army Jump School well before becoming a team leader of the St. Louis Police Department SWAT group. He has more than twenty years of experience in the design, development, and delivery of top quality gear for officers. Before he joins FirstSpear, he already had experience under his belt. Fowlkes’s earned vast knowledge of military products sales, business development, and management at Illinois Tool Works Inc, ITW. In addition to his time as a Manager of Business Development at Eagle Industries, he was more than ready for his tenure at FirstSpear.
What led him to a position at the company was not only his time in the Marine Corp but also in his time in SWAT where he found they used a lot of FirstSpear gear. He observed that their equipment was put together well and came from his hometown. As director of Business Development at FirstSpear, Fowlkes can put all of his years of experience to work to innovate in ways that have made the company very successful. People at FirstSpear like to say that they build the Ferrari of the tactical world, which has undoubtedly helped in their success as well, the high-quality equipment that is.
In his role, Ronald Fowlkes is headed with the coordination of their professional users, law enforcement, and military communities and demonstrate their innovative designs. By doing so, he is putting into practice his operational and business development experience to make FirstSpear a mainstay in the industry. Even though Fowlkes did not start FirstSpear, the build quality of their product eventually brought him to them. He was only 17 when he joined the Marines, and this, Ronnie Fowkles says, is something he has never regretted.
In a typical day, Ronnie has to maintain a balance between his personal life and his office job. With international customers, after dropping his kids off at school and then heading straight to work, he is typical on calls very early in the morning. In addition to responding to emails, Fowlkes also is meeting with his team to get updates on open issues and activities concerning the company and any large orders Fowlkes wants to make sure remain on track. He believes significantly in his R&D team, which works with clients to determine requirements for new equipment.
On his blog, it is also clear Fowlkes is a big ice hockey fan. In one of his latest posts, he questions whether fighting is on its way out as in the 2017-18 NHL season, less than 20% of the game showcased fighting. This figure, he argues, is the lowest number since the NHL started tracking fights in games in 2000.