Jim Wong, CEO of Brilliant™, is a certified public accountant (Inactive) and possesses more than 20 years of experience in the accounting and staffing industries.
In 2009, Jim founded Brilliant, an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology. The firm represents high-quality professionals, and hiring companies, in the greater Chicago and south Florida markets including offices in Chicago, IL, Schaumburg, IL, and Fort Lauderdale, FL, and recently expanding into the Western suburbs of Illinois.
Brilliant’s team of business development and recruiting experts include former Big 4 CPAs, former hiring managers and other leading industry professionals.
Brilliant has received many accolades over the past two years including being named:
- Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing Talent Satisfaction
- No. 1 fastest-growing company on 2015 Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50
- One of the fastest-growing private companies in America on 2015 Inc. 5000
- No. 2 on 2015 Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms
- One of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2014 & 2015
- One of the National’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2014 and 2015
Most recently, Jim was recognized on the Staffing 100 List 2016 for North America as one of the most influential people in the industry.
Prior to founding Brilliant, Jim co-founded and led Chicago's largest, independently-owned finance and accounting staffing company, which was successfully sold to a NYSE staffing company in 2006. During his tenure, he directed search engagements that inspired client confidence, and set the standard of excellence for firm associates.
Jim graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. After passing the CPA exam, Jim joined Ernst & Young where he performed audits for client companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, real estate, financial services, and insurance.
He then joined one of the world's largest accounting and finance recruiting Firms, Robert Half International, becoming an award-winning recruiter and manager. As area branch manager of the Chicago branch, one of the company's largest offices, he managed day-to-day operations and a staff of more than 100.
Wong is an active member of the Illinois CPA Society, the NIU Department of Accountancy Board of Advisors, and a board member of the Northern Illinois Executive Club. He has authored numerous articles about the recruitment and retention of accounting professionals, and was named NIU 2003-2004 Outstanding Young Alumnus.