Chicago’s Fastest-Growing Company in 2015 Remains on Crain’s Fast 50 for Three Years in a Row


CHICAGO, June 23, 2017 — Brilliant™, an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology, was ranked the No. 21 fastest-growing company on the 2017 Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50.

Since 2007, the annual Fast 50 recognizes Chicago-based businesses, both public and private, with remarkable revenue gains over a five-year period. For 2017, winners were required to have revenues of at least $15 million, revenue growth between 2015 and 2016, and no more than one year of declining revenue at any point between 2011 and 2016. Crain’s vetted 111 applications to find this year’s Fast 50.

In 2015, Brilliant was ranked the No. 1 fastest-growing company on Crain’s Fast 50. In 2016, Brilliant came in at No. 15 on the list. This year, Brilliant showed its sustained growth continues by coming in at No. 21 with revenue of $31.4 million in 2016 – and a five-year growth of 573.2 percent.

“A huge part of our success and growth is the caliber of people we hire,” says Jim Wong, CEO of Brilliant. “The needs of a business of five people versus 85 or 90 is very different. You have to have some structure and some infrastructure in the organization and adjust in a way that doesn’t lose that entrepreneurial spirit.” 

Brilliant sets itself apart from other recruiting firms by truly listening to the needs of its clients and focusing on identifying the right candidate for a job.

Wong adds, “We find that most businesses want flexibility in their workforces. Further, they want a provider that understands their needs and wants to partner with them. We fit the bill. We’re honored to be ranked on Crain’s Fast 50 for three consecutive years.”

Crain’s worked with the Chicago office of Plante & Moran to assist in verifying the financial documents provided by applicants.

To learn more about Brilliant, visit www.brilliantfs.com.

For the full list of 2017 Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 winners, visit http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/fast-50.

About Brilliant™ | Connecting People and Opportunities

Brilliant is an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology for the greater Chicago and south Florida labor markets. The firm represents high-quality accounting, finance and information technology talent and works closely with hiring companies within industries such as manufacturing, distribution, health care, professional services, retail, legal, technology, real estate, nonprofit organizations, software and hospitality. Many of Brilliant’s team members include former hiring managers, and accounting and finance professionals, from the Big 4 accounting firms, as well as other leading professionals in the industry. Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has been recognized on many prestigious lists including America’s Best Recruiting Firms by Forbes, the No. 1 Fastest-Growing Company by Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50, the No. 2 Fastest-Growing Staffing Firm in the United States by Staffing Industry Analysts—not to mention Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent for North America, Best Places to Work South Florida, Inc. 5000, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®—and more. For more information about Brilliant, visit www.brilliantfs.com, call 312.582.1800 or follow @BrilliantFS on social media.

Media Contact: Laurie Canning, Brilliant, Lcanning@brilliantfs.com or 312.582.1812

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