Ralph “Skip” Masters

Business Advisor

Government Contracting Small Business Development Center

As Business Advisor for the Government Contracting Small Business Development Center, Masters is responsible for identifying federal, state and city procurement opportunities, one-on-one counseling and classroom instruction.

Prior to joining the SBDC, Masters served as Business Development Manager with L-3 Communications, a defense contractor, where he successfully secured numerous multi-year and multi-million dollar contracts with the Department of Defense.

He began his career when establishing a state-supported self-employment training program throughout the state of Oklahoma. Success in this role earned Masters the role of Assistant Director for the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC). In this position, he strategically managed and oversaw day-to-day operations for a team of eleven business services providers who assisted small business owners with business plans, financing, procurement opportunities and expansion plans.
Additionally, Masters has extensive experience working in corporate America where he served as a small business and diversity business development manager for companies such as L-3 Communications, Bell Helicopter, Lucent Technologies and Northrop Grumman.

Masters holds an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University; an MBA in marketing from Oklahoma City University and a second MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas in Business Management.