IRVINE, California, November 2, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, is pleased to announce the successful appointment of Patrick Walls as Chief Executive Officer with United Aqua Group (UAG), one of the nation’s largest organizations dedicated to the professional pool building and retail industry.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner, and Rob Gross, Associate Principal Consultant, at McDermott & Bull. According to Chris Bull, “We couldn’t be happier that we were able to identify Pat. His franchise operations experience will prove to be great for UAG.”

Mr. Walls is an impressive operations executive who began his career at Francorp as an Associate Counsel. Mr. Walls specialized in private placement circular’s and franchise agreements, and along the way developed very strong relationships with fortune 50 franchises as well as startup, “mom and pop” shops. In 1996, one of Pat’s clients, McAlister’s Corporation, asked Mr. Walls to join and execute on their franchise growth. Throughout his 12 years with the company, Mr. Walls earned increased responsibility within the legal, franchise and development organization. In July 2009, Mr. Walls joined Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop as their Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, where he implemented strategies and assembled a team to dramatically increase franchise growth. Mr. Walls was also instrumental in negotiating vendor contracts and national distribution. With deep experience working with franchise operations and vendor management coupled with a successful track record in growing companies, Mr. Walls is well equipped to step into the Chief Executive Officer role at United Aqua Group. Mr. Walls earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University.

About United Aqua Group

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, United Aqua Group is member-owned and is comprised of individually operated business owners that have been selectively qualified and are committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, quality and service in the industry. United Aqua Group manages and operates Aquatech, Aquacommercial and AquaValue, which remain the trusted brands for residential and commercial pool design and construction and retail pool products. Each brand is unique and focuses on a different market segment. Today, United Aqua Group is widely recognized as the most prestigious and comprehensive professional member organization in the pool building and retail industry. To learn more about United Aqua Group, please visit their website at

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 Brands, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Engineering & Construction / Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. 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, Chicken of the Sea, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, Union Bank, and portfolio companies owned by private equity firms including Riverside Company, Sun Capital Partners, ClearLight Partners, Swander Pace Capital, Chicago Growth Partners, and Riordan, Lewis & Hayden.