Ronald Fowlkes – Bigger Than Life

Ronald Fowlkes is a bigger-than-life personality who combines excellent leadership with old school work ethics. Being a veteran of the USMC as well as law enforcement has assisted him exponentially as Director of Business Development and Co-Owner at FirstSpear, providing tactical equipment for top military and law enforcement units.


In a recent interview with Inspirery, Ronald talks about his total belief in the products made by FirstSpear. He should know since he initially used their gear while serving his country and later while leading SWAT teams for the St Louis Police Department. He knows first hand what is needed by elite military and law enforcement professionals. When it comes to business development, he claims the products speak for themselves and word of mouth from current users is their best advertisement for new business.


Ronald Fowlkes fully relates the need for lightweight products to be essential of gear for this group of professionals. The lighter the better without compromising functionality. He brings his own past experience to the development of new products and improvement of existing products. He has over twenty years’ practice in the design, development, and delivery of mission necessary equipment for security personnel. He calls FirstSpear’s products the “Ferrari of the tactical world” and supports that claim through his own use. Now that he is a part owner, he feels his work now encompasses more responsibility for the company’s success. This is a new challenge that Ronald is happily embracing.


When not working, Ronald indulges his second passion by coaching his children’s hockey league, a win-win for both his children and himself. In his recent blog post, he reflects on the reason that fighting is not as large a part of hockey in recent years. His opinion is surprisingly simple and insightful, the players are better! With the improvement in skill level, teams are scoring more points. They cannot afford to lose their best players to penalties for fighting when they are needed on the ice to make more goals! Even with the reduction in fights, his personal opinion is still that hockey is “the most exciting professional sport in the world”.

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