Dedicated father, hockey enthusiast and director of business development at Eagle Industries Unlimited and FirstSpear, two of the most respected tactical gear manufacturers on earth. Ronald Fowlkes is all of these and more.
Ronald Fowlkes’s love for hockey stems from his passion for teambuilding and commitment to protecting and helping one another. On his Medium-blog Ronald explains his interest in hockey and why certain elements of the game are changing for example, fighting in hockey has decreased substantially and is not as important as it used to be. However, Ronald goes on to explain how fighting will always be a part of the game, to protect your teammates from illegal hits and to develop camaraderie that only exists in team sports and combat.
Ronald Fowlkes has had team building experiences during the first Gulf War where he served for four years. He was meritoriously promoted twice during his tour of duty and as a marine he understands the value of protecting the man standing next to you. He took part in both, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
After leaving the military Ronald felt he needed to do more for his country and those he served with so, he joined the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Origination (JIEDDO). This organization eradicates enemy IED threats on the ground protecting friendly forces and their vehicles. Almost two-thirds of all American casualties came from IED’s during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ronald’s experience in the marines helped JIEDDO improve its detection capacity and reduce the number of casualties from IED and bomb threats.
After several years, Ronald returned to Missouri where he joined the St. Luis metropolitan police department and served as a law enforcement officer, SWAT instructor and Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) leader for thirteen years. Everywhere Ronald went he improved the tactics, leadership and management style. He increased the teamwork of the entire organization at JIEDDO and the St. Luis police department. As an HRT team leader he trained countless recruits and took part in over 250 high-risk entries every year.
Ronald brought down gangs and reduced the violence and narcotics distributions in his community making it a safer place for everyone. After taking his community back from gangs and violence he can couch his son’s hockey team on weekends with out fear or disruptions.
Today, Ronald works as the director of business development at both Eagle Industries Unlimited and FirstSpear. Both companies produce high-quality outdoor gear and tactical equipment. As director of business development Ronald oversees the training of over 150 Eagle Industries employees and improves and develops new technology and products that are more functional and robust. Ronald used FirstSpear products in the marines as well as during his law enforcement days. It is a fitting end to a relationship as Ronald is now a part owner of FirstSpear.