Troy Small is founder and President of Copperwater Consulting Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise based in Murrieta, California.

Troy is a seasoned thought leader in the Government Contracting community and regularly speaks at national conferences providing context around the nuances of government contracting. Troy has three decades of experience in federal government contracting and seven years’ experience as a business owner.

Troy specializes in providing training, education and professional development to government agencies, veterans and small business owners around the topics of government contracting and compliance, business start-up, expansion, and strategy development.

Troy began his career in contracting as a Purchasing and Contract Specialist in 1994. He served in several roles during his tenure with the Department of Defense, to include but not limited to, Contingency Contracting Officer, Chief of Contracting for Regional Contracting Center- Fallujah, Iraq, Assistant Program Manager for Contracting- Program Executive Office-C4I, Simplified Acquisition Branch Supervisor, and Procurement Chief.

Troy is passionate about helping others involved in government contracting and small business ownership. Troy’s professional mission is to use his knowledge and experience as a resource to government agencies and commercial organizations for the mutual benefit of improving Business to Government transactions and helping small business owners to start, grow and expand their business.

Troy is a retired U.S. Marine with 20 years of service. Troy is a two-time combat veteran, serving in Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in 1991; and in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Fallujah and Al-Asad, Iraq in 2008. Troy is a former USMC Drill Instructor (2001-2003, 2nd RTBN, Fox Co, MCRDSD) and student of the martial arts.

Troy is a Brown Sash in Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and a Purple Fringe in traditional Yang-style Tai Chi. Troy has formally trained in martial arts for 17 years, since 2007. Troy resides in Southern California.