Ronald Fowlkes, who is popularly known as Ronnie Fowlkes, is a former team member of St. Louis police department SWAT team, and a former US Marine Corps. After high school, when he was 17, Ronald joined the Marine after several turndowns due to his young age, and he went on to graduate from the famed Army Jump School. He is the current director of business development and co-owner of First Spear Product Development Group. Before joining First Spear, Ronald Fowlkes was a business development manager at Eagle Industries. He worked at IWT Group as the military product sales & business development manager.
At First Spear, Ronald Fowlkes has worked tirelessly and actively for 20 years in designing, developing and delivery of high-quality equipment and gear enlisted with the armed forces for security firm officers. He is mandated to coordinate professional users from different departments, mostly military and law enforcement departments. His task is vital for First Spear since he has to demonstrate his business development and operational experience as a marketing plan for innovative designs.
He was led to First Spear following continued exposure during his time at the Corps. His interest more aroused when he found First Spear gears when he later joined the police and the SWAT team. While at the SWAT team, he was quick to learn the good design and durability of First Spear gears that happened to be made in his hometown, St. Louis. His journey through the Corps, SWAT, and IWT helped to build a unique experience making him the right candidate with the understanding of unique mission requirements that First Spear needs to adapt to keep up and set industry needs.
Ronald Fowlkes desire is to continue with the reputation and reliability of First Spear. This has made marketing of their products much easy as satisfied customers including NATO who handle 30% of their business recommend and refer other clients. They also attend trade shows and mostly do conduct their business in the field working with local and state law enforcers and in the DOD. Their focus on quality products ensures that they get repeat business as they keep their customers happy.
To bring ideas into top quality gears, Ronald Fowlkes believes in teamwork where developers work closely with clients to determine what their requirements are. Mostly they get ideas from the end users, and from the field, where First Spear builds an RFI after which the company internal R&D teams start working to meet the expected goals.
He says that to keep them in business and protect their products from counterfeits, they patent them. This includes the laser cutting and tube technology which has eased their workload by 40%.