Chris Bull serves as a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of McDermott & Bull, based in Irvine, California. In addition to leading a team of executive search consultants, Chris has successfully built his own executive search practice catering to a variety of successful clients, such as Experian, First American Financial, Fluidmaster, Kelley Blue Book, SC Fuels, Thomas James Capital Homes, Trojan Battery, Union Bank and Vizio, just to name a few.
His long-standing relationships in the community and his vast experience as a former executive have contributed in making McDermott & Bull the leading retained executive search firm in Southern California. He is also called upon to serve as an expert legal witness in the area of executive search. Previously, Chris was an Executive Vice President in the Orange County office of DHR International, the nation’s 6th largest executive search firm.
Earlier in his career, Chris spent six years operating the company he founded, American Liberty Capital Corporation. American Liberty combined cutting edge technology with the standards of commercial and residential mortgage banking retail services to become one of the largest privately held consumer finance companies based in Southern California. The 130-person American Liberty staff operated in 32 states and underwrote more than $300 million in loans in 1997-98.
Previously, Chris served as a Vice President for two real estate investment banking firms – Lomas Financial Corporation and Mason McDuffie Financial Corporation. His clients ranged from national real estate developers to local investors, averaging an investment size of $6 million. Chris was a top producer with Mason McDuffie Financial in their Newport Beach office during his tenure.
Chris has served on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Association for Corporate Growth (“ACG”) and currently serves on the Ambassadors Board of Talk About Curing Autism (“TACA”). He resides in Coto de Caza, California, with his wife and four children. Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.