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FirstSpear Hires Ronnie Fowlkes

FirstSpear Expands Capabilities with Addition of Top Notch Equipment Developer and Professional User

St. Louis, MO, October 13, 2011 – Today, FirstSpear, an elite warfighter tactical equipment designer and manufacturer, has announced the addition of Ronnie Fowlkes to its leadership team. Fowlkes will serve as FirstSpear’s Director of Business Development, drawing on 20 years of industry and firsthand professional user experience to complement FirstSpear’s unique high speed, customer driven business model.

A former U.S. Marine and St. Louis PD SWAT/HRT team member, Fowlkes has been initmately involved for more than two decades in the development and delivery of top quality gear for our men and women in uniform. Prior to joining the FirstSpear team, Fowlkes served as Military Products Sales & Business Development Manager for ITW and as Manager of Business Devleopment at Eagle Industries. In his new capacity, Fowlkes will interface directly with Professional Users from both the Law Enforcement and Military communities, utilizing his operational and business development background to further evolve and market the innovative designs created by First Spear’s Product Development Team.

“Ronnie brings 20 years of unique industry experience working with operators that rely on the performance of their equipment every day. His addition will help FirstSpear continue to expand our portfolio of tactical warfighter equipment, with a total focus on solutions targeted to the professional user,” said FirstSpear President and founder Scott Carver. “I have worked personally with Ronnie in the load carriage and personal protective product space for many years and we are excited to have him as part of our team.”

“FirstSpear’s commitment to providing the professional user with products that offer enhanced performance with minimal weight, and their in-depth understanding of the unique mission needs of the warfighter makes FirstSpear a standout in this industry,” said new Director of Business Development Ronnie Fowlkes. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the FirstSpear team and am looking forward to continuing my work with the professional user community to develop and field the mission critical, high-quality gear that they need to be combat effective.”

FirstSpear designs are produced with direct input from the end user and by developers who take into account specific mission needs, resulting in innovative, capability-driven products. The FirstSpear production facility is located in Fenton, MO and this new venture has led to the creation of more than 80 skilled manufacturing jobs with plans to continue this growth in the near term.

About FirstSpear, LLC

FirstSpear, LLC is dedicated to rapidly delivering innovative individual equipment systems to professional users. To view FirstSpear’s product line visit www.first-spear.com.

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