Ronald Fowlkes says that he first started started trying to get into the US Marine Corps when he was just 10 years old. They would send back letters telling him he was too young and to apply once he was closer to 18 years old. He kept this up until he was finally accepted into the Marines after he completed high school. He is a graduate of the Army Jump School and after doing his duty he was honorably discharged. He then worked as a SWAT group team leader for the St. Louis police department.
After a number of years Ronald Fowlkes started to work in the industry that supplies military personnel and police officers with the gear they need to do their jobs. He has managed business development every since he joined the industry. He first worked for Eagle Industries and then for ITW. He is now one of the owners of First Spears Product Development Group. This company has a great reputation as one of the best gear makers in the business. He says he knew about this company from his days in the Marines and SWAT because he really liked their equipment.
Because he works with international clients such as NATO Ronald Fowlkes says he doesn’t have a typical 9-5 jobs. Once he drops his children off at school early in the morning he heads directly to his office so he can start making phone calls and getting emails and voice messages. Each day his team has a meeting where they discuss what’s going on at First Spears and what open issues there are he needs to be aware of. He also keeps track of their big orders so that he can be assured they are on track for delivery.
He says that as an entrepreneur one habit of his that helps to keep him highly productive is to write everything down. Ronald Fowlkes says he uses either a small booklet he can fit in a pocket or some flash cards to take notes on. He got into the habit of writing a journal when he was in the Marines and it became a lifetime habit for him. He says this practice helps him keep track of everything and if any to-do is left over at the end of the day he makes it his priority for the next day.
Ronald Fowlkes has always been a really big hockey fan and he follows all of the happenings on his blog. He recently wrote an article where he says that Brock Boeser of the NHL deserves a shot at winning the Calder Trophy. He says this rookie winger, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, has played really well and he has shown enormous potential.