Ronald Fowlkes is the Director of Business Development and co-owner of FirstSpear. Since working with the Marines, he has known that FirstSpear is special, and he is honored to have been appointed to this position. At FirstSpear, Fowlkes oversees the production and sale of military equipment, a similar role to the position he held at Eagle Industries Unlimited, which he worked at for around a decade, with hands-on experience such as training sales teams. Fowlkes is dedicated to justice and ensuring that his community and country remains safe, as shown by his large amount of experience in both the police force and military, and his dedication to providing equipment to those who protect our country.
Fowlkes worked at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for ten years, protecting and serving the St. Louis community, and at the St. Louis County Police Department for three. In his last seven years employed at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Fowlkes served on the St. Louis Metropolitans HRT team, becoming a team leader which has helped him hone his leadership skills. The HRT team was responsible for High-Risk Entries in the police database, which there were over 250 of per year, along with barricaded subjects and hostage incidents. His team had many responsibilities, also including investigations into gang activity, illegal gun possession and trafficking of illegal narcotics, and acting as the WMD Response Team and Civil Disobedience Team.
Prior to his career with the police department, Fowlkes served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993 after attending the Marine Corps School of Infantry. During his time in the Marines, Fowlkes conducted small unit parachute operations including reconnaissance, air, and naval gunfire missions. Fowlkes is proud to be a veteran of the First Gulf War and to have been promoted meritoriously twice.
More recently, Fowlkes has worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Iraq, specifically the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. As a member of this department, he ran infantry operations and trained soldiers, specializing in hostage situations and interrogation of detainees. Eventually, he realized he could make more of an impact developing products for law enforcement officers for better success and safety on the job, and moved to Eagle Industries in order to do this. As a Business Development Manager of Law Enforcement at Eagle Industries, Fowlkes gave back to the law enforcement community he had served in for so long.
In his spare time, Fowlkes is an avid hockey fan, calling it “the most exciting professional sport in the world” and even coaching his own league – specifically, his son’s hockey team! You can read more about his interests on his Medium blog.