As a graduate of the Army Jump School, Ronald Fowlkes was eager to serve his country when he joined the Marines. During his service, he was able to easily distinguish excellent equipment from poor equipment. A pattern that he saw quickly emerging was that the equipment supplied by FirstSpear always seemed to last longer–something quite important for the wear and tear a Marine’s gun goes through. He would later see the same company provide high-quality equipment when he served as a police officer and as a leader in the St. Louis SWAT team.
Fowlkes didn’t just join FirstSpear because they liked that he liked their equipment, however. Besides the experience he had gained as a user as a Marine, he also worked as a Military Products Sales and Business Development Manager at ITW. At Eagle Industries, he also worked as a Manager of Business Development. It was when Ronald Fowlkes kept noticing that the best gear continued to come from FirstSpear, that he knew he needed to attach himself to the business.
Since then, he’s seen only success. With his unique blend of a satisfied customer and business education, he’s recently been made part-owner of FirstSpear, an accomplishment he is both proud of and excited about. He attributes the success at FirstSpear just through their quality products, as a lot of their business arises from word of mouth.
Fowlkes isn’t just a businessman though. He’s highly devoted to his family, ensuring that they’re taken care of–especially his three children–before he can turn to work. Because his job often requires for him to speak to clients outside of the United States–such as NATO–this balance between work and his personal life can sometimes be difficult. A method that he has developed is by using old-fashioned pen and paper, something that he took from his time as a Marine when he was pushed to keep a journal. It has helped him to stay focused and remain productive.
Besides being a busy and devoted father and a successful businessman, Ronald Fowlkes loves hockey. Whether he’s watching the NHL or keeping up with the scores during the Olympics, he’s eager to root his team to a win. This only adds to the persona that he states others don’t believe he has. A self-confessed teddy bear, Fowlkes believes that many see him as big, tough-and-rough guy, but once they spend enough time with him, they’ll see that he’s nothing but a big teddy bear.
From Marine to part-owner of one of the most successful security equipment businesses in the world, Ronald Fowlkes believes that a lot of his success stems from the belief that he doesn’t see failure as an option. Success is the only option.