The St. Louis’ man turning the defense industry upside down: Ronald Fowlkes work experience

Ronald Fowlkes is the man of the hour in the tactical gear and law enforcement industry. He’s been involved in the industry as a customer or as a developer and seller for almost 30 years since he joined the Marine Corps in 1989. He’s a First Gulf War veteran and was honorably discharged from his duties in 1993. Then, he served in two of Missouri’s Police Departments: St. Louis County Police for 3 years and St. Louis’ Metropolitan Police Department for 10 years, where he spent 7 years as a HRT Squad leader. He also was a DOD contractor for the US Army in Iraq during his time at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). When he got back home, he knew he could do more for the law enforcement industry in the private sector. That’s why he started a career that has taken him to various positions like Military Products Sales and Business Development Manager at ITW, Manager of Business Development at Eagle Industries and currently as Director of Business Development and co-owner of FirstSpear.

 

In his post at Eagle Industries he was in charge of overseeing marketing and sales of the company’s products. His responsibilities varied from instructing more than 150 sales workers on the company’s products, their development and how to sell them, to choosing products to be considered for additional development and improvement. He also met and called potential and current clients around the United States to keep them actualized of all of the latest and innovative products the company developed. Now he proudly serves as FirstSpear’s Director of Business Development, which he likes to call the “Gucci or Ferrari of the tactical world”. He’s in control of the coordination of Law Enforcement and Military activities of the company to improve the marketing and sales of the top notch and innovative designs of FirstSpear. He usually attends trade shows and goes to regular marketing events where he presents the latest FirstSpear designs. He’s also in charge of maintaining continuous contact with clients who range from the DOD and NATO to local and State Law Enforcement departments. His combination of field experience in military and police forces and in the business gives him a unique set of skills that make him so successful in the industry.

 

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