Jim Wong, CPA (Inactive)
Founder & Board Member
Jim Wong, Founder of Brilliant™, former CEO and now an active Board Member, 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.
Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has been recognized on many lists including No. 6 on Forbes 2017 America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms and No. 25 on Forbes 2017 America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms—not to mention, Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 for three straight years (No. 1 in 2015), Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms in the U.S. for three straight years (No. 2 in 2015), Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent for North America two years in a row, Inc. 5000 for three straight years, Best Places to Work South Florida, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® for four straight years, and others.
In September 2017, Jim was selected to join an unprecedented coalition of leaders to support the drive to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to the Chicago area.
In March 2016, Jim was recognized on the Staffing 100 List 2016 for North America as one of the most influential people in the industry.
In April 2016, Jim was selected today to serve on the Board of Directors for the newly formed, non-partisan Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC). The ILBEDC was created by Governor Rauner (IL-Rep.) to assist the Department of Commerce in executing economic development through a new approach, adjusting to the changing needs of businesses.
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.