“Des is well respected by the loft owners in the UK-Halsey group,” said Butch Ullmer. “He will be key in getting the this group of independent business owners working together closer, which will help our customers around the world. Des has proved to be a smart businessman, a scientific sailmaker, and he is a good listener with a great sense of humor — all qualities that will help him run UK-Halsey International.”
Butch continues to be the sole owner of UK-Halsey International, the parent company of UK-Halsey Sailmakers, but Des will be running the company, which will give Butch more time to devote to the UK-Halsey New York loft. Des’s loft is in Cork, Ireland in its 40th year and is well respected in the Irish and English markets.
Des McWilliam has already been instrumental in getting a new loft to the join the group. Sam Haines’ loft in Melbourne, Australia joined the group a week after Des started working as the president of UKHI. Along with recruiting new lofts, Des plans to make the group stronger by getting the lofts of work closer together yet.