IRVINE, California, April 18, 2014 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced the successful appointment of Mr. Allan Dicks as Chief Financial Officer with Universal Services of America, located in Santa Ana, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner, at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Bull, “Allan is an ideal fit given his experience executing large company visions. He is a leader who has experience transitioning a company from growth strategy to a cost control strategy where everyone learns to do more with less.”

Mr. Dicks is a senior financial executive with twenty years of U.S. and International experience within both public and private companies, who has a proven ability to partner with senior executives to drive company strategy. He has a track record of building efficient and effective finance teams and of managing multiple departments in multiple locations.

Prior to his placement with Universal Services of America, Mr. Dicks worked for Moark, LLC, a subsidiary of Land O’ Lakes, Inc., as their Chief Financial officer.  Additional work experiences have included HD Supply, Inc., Dole Food Company, Inc., and PricewaterhousCoopers.

Mr. Dicks holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of the Witwaterstrand, South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant for South Africa and has a CPA with the State of California.

About Universal Services of America

Universal Services of America, Inc. ( provides security and janitorial services in the United States. It offers security solutions for various types of properties, including airports, corporate campuses, distribution/manufacturing facilities, educational facilities, government facilities, healthcare facilities, national, office buildings, petrochemical facilities, residential communities, and retail centers. The company also provides fire/life safety services; and security services through its security systems, including access control, closed circuit television, fire alarm management, intrusion detection, parking equipment, physical security, and visitor management systems.  In addition, it offers cleaning services, such as green cleaning programs, recycling programs, carpet care, elevator/escalator cleaning, metal and stone maintenance, onsite bio-hazard disposal, food industry cleaning, appliance cleaning, pressure washing, IT room cleaning, construction clean up, specialized floor care, special event cleaning, upholstery cleaning, inventory supply control, window and blind cleaning, emergency cleaning services, and specialized cleaning services. Universal Services of America, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is based in Santa Ana, California with additional offices in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. (  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 Technology, Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Science, Restaurants/Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher 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, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank and Union Bank.