By Laurie Vicente, CSMP | November 12, 2020

CHICAGO, Illinois (November 12, 2020)Brilliant®, an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting practice specializing in accounting, finance and technology, announced an addition to the executive leadership team this week.

Brilliant CEO Sheldon Schur

The firm, along with private-equity leader Silver Oak Services Partners, LLC (“Silver Oak”), hired staffing industry veteran Sheldon Schur as Chief Executive Officer.

Schur brings a successful track record of achieving high-revenue goals and transforming businesses through organic growth and acquisition.

Of his new appointment, Schur says, “It is with great excitement that I join Brilliant as CEO. I know what an amazing company this is and how much success they have had historically. I could not be happier walking into a culture so rich and dynamic.” Schur continues, “The team embodies what it is to be a true leader in the recruiting, staffing and consulting space. Together, I know we can have continued growth and success for many years to come.”

Prior to Brilliant, Schur was President at Gifted Healthcare, a nurse-owned staffing company focused on providing nurses in the acute care space, and the driving force behind their rapid expansion. Before that, Sheldon spent more than a decade at staffing and consulting giant ManpowerGroup where he was Vice President, General Manager, leading the international strategy and execution for some of the organization’s most significant global clients, the professional services business including finance and technology solutions, and Recruitment Process Outsourcing in North America.

Schur actively serves on the board of directors for the Hoffman Company and United Professionals and is a past board member of The Intensivist Group.

Brilliant President, Kathy Spearing, will report to Schur.

Spearing, adds, “I am so proud of what we have accomplished over the past 11 years. As we look ahead at achieving our vision, I know the best is yet to come. I could not be more pleased with the decision to bring Sheldon aboard to lead the charge of growing the business and taking it to the next level.” Spearing continues, “Now, more than ever, we can really make an impact in this market, and I look forward to what is ahead.”

Since 2009, the firm has seen massive success, including being named the No. 1 fastest-growing company in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2015, and most recently, one of America’s 2020 Best Professional Recruiting Firms and one of America’s 2020 Best Executive Recruiting Firms according to Forbes, and ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent in 2020.

In March 2018, Brilliant aligned with Silver Oak, along with management and co-investors, to head its recapitalization.

To learn more about Brilliant, visit the Brilliant website HERE.

About Brilliant®

Brilliant is an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting practice specializing in accounting, finance and technology for the Greater Chicago and South Florida labor markets. The firm represents high-quality accounting, finance and technology professionals and matches them with hiring companies throughout all industries looking to hire talent for their teams or projects. Many of Brilliant’s team members include former accounting and finance professionals from the Big 4 audit firms and IT experts who are industry leaders.

Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has ranked on various lists, including Forbes America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms four years in a row (No. 2 in 2018), Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms (2020 & 2017), Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 (No. 1 in 2015), Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing U.S. Staffing Firms (No. 2 in 2015), ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Talent five years in a row, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client, Inc. 5000, Best Places to Work South Florida (2019 & 2017), 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® six consecutive years, and others.

Brilliant is your trusted resource for all-things staffing, direct-hire and consulting-related in the accounting, finance and technology space. We want you to work with us! To learn more about Brilliant, visit, call 312.582.1800 or follow @BrilliantFS on social media.


Media Contact:

Laurie Vicente
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
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