Jim Silke Jr. and Bill Ballowe launched Epic Marketing in 1988. Over the years the team has steadily added manufacturers and service categories. Today, Epic represents manufacturers of land mobile radio, wireless infrastructure, security equipment, interoperability platforms and related products.
We serve the West Coast from our offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and our headquarters in San Ramon, California. All product lines are available in California and Nevada, and most are also available in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.
Our customers include carriers, enterprise groups, professionals working in public safety, and security providers. Regardless of area of expertise, Epic customers rely on us for quality recommendations, access to a wide range of manufacturers and products, and top-level service.
Bill Ballowe leads Epic’s business operations and directs its LMR division. He founded the company in 1988 after a management career focused on electronics. Bill was Manager of EC Wenger Electronics for several years before co-founding Epic Instruments in 1978, a company that designed and manufactured digital logic analyzers and digital waveform recorders. As vice president he developed an international supply chain and distributorship and domestic sales force. He went on to serve as a manufacturer’s rep before partnering with Jim Silke, Jr. to launch Epic Marketing in 1988. Epic has grown to serve seven states and generate $100 million in annual sales for its manufacturers.
Bill married his wife Shannon in 1992. They have two children and live in Danville, California. When he’s not working at Epic, Bill enjoys spending time with his kids.
Jim Silke, Jr. leads the wireless infrastructure division at Epic Marketing. He founded Epic in 1988 after establishing himself as Motorola C&E’s lead sales representative, largely through his trademark focus on collaboration with customers and the development of innovative partnerships.
Jim hails from Oregon, where his family established a two-way wireless radio sales and service business. He learned the electronics and engineering of wireless communications at his father’s side, and absorbed the tenets of customer service from his mother. He earned his degree from Oregon State University and headed to California.
Jim and his wife Molly live in Danville, California and stay busy with their three sons. Spare time is rare, but when it can be carved out, Jim heads out in his plane. He also has a fondness for very fast cars.