IRVINE, California, January 7, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced the successful appointment of Elliott Resnik as the Chief Executive Officer of Luminara Worldwide, LLC. Luminara is the premier manufacturer of “flame-effect” flameless candles. The company’s patented flame-effect technology uses a combination of electromagnetics and LED lights to replicate a burning flame. Through a tireless product development process spanning more than three years, Luminara has created a flameless candle that is virtually indistinguishable from traditional candles. Luminara’s candles are made of the highest quality candle wax giving the scent and feel of a traditional candle, coupled with premium quality electrical components enabling the product to combine the best of nature and technology.

McDermott & Bull’s robust search process identified over 150 candidates across the nation, presenting multiple, very strong consumer products and home decor candidates to Luminara Managing Members, Mike O’Shaunessy and Dale Dykema. “Elliott’s deep experience in the home décor and gift space, as well as his international sourcing and manufacturing experience, positions him extremely well to build the Luminara brand leveraging a great product offering, with an eye towards product portfolio expansion and eventually creating a best-in-class décor brand,” commented Rod McDermott, Managing Partner of McDermott & Bull and co-lead on the search assignment with Brandon Biegenzahn, Partner of McDermott & Bull.

Mr. Resnick spent 18 years as the CEO of GIFTCO, a home décor and giftware business where he diversified the company’s product offering and increased revenues by more than 300% during his tenure. He will leverage his deep relationships in both the retail channel as well as with international contract manufacturers to execute on Luminara’s aggressive growth plan.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Aerospace & Defense, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Engineering & Construction / Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rod McDermott and Chris Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Kaiser Aluminum, Maxwell Technologies, Kraco Enterprises, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, and the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans.