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Staffing Firm Brilliant Ranked No. 21 Fastest-Growing Company on 2017 Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50

Staffing Firm Brilliant Ranked No. 21 Fastest-Growing Company on 2017 Crain's Chicago Business Fast 50

Crain’s Chicago Business has ranked Brilliant the No. 21 fastest-growing company on its Fast 50 list for 2017. Brilliant is an award-winning search, staffing, and management resources firm which specializes in accounting, finance, and information technology.

Since it began in 2007, the annual Fast 50 list has recognized businesses, both public and private, that are based in Chicago and have achieved remarkable revenue gains over a five-year period. This year, 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. In total, 111 applications were vetted by Crain’s to find this year’s Fast 50.

Brilliant has appeared on Crain’s Fast 50 list for three consecutive years. In 2015, it was ranked the No. 1 fastest-growing company on the list. In 2016, it came in at No. 15. And this year, it sustained rapid revenue growth to come in at No. 21 with revenue of $31.4 million in 2016 and a five-year growth of 573.2 percent.

Jim Wong, CEO of Brilliant, credited the company’s success and growth to the caliber of people it hired. “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,” Wong said. “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.”

To see what other businesses made the 2017 Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 list, click here.

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