By Laurie Vicente, CSMP | February 15, 2022

Christopher Rowan joins the Brilliant team to lead its recruitment and sales methodology initiatives

CHICAGO, Illinois (February 15, 2022)Brilliant®, an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting practice specializing in accounting, finance, audit, tax and technology, announced the hiring of Christopher Rowan, new Director of Training and Development.

Rowan joins the firm as Director of Training and Development to lead all onboarding, orientation, professional and leadership training, job board management and other recruitment and sales methodology strategies for the firm’s 50+ team members.

Rowan brings more than 20 years of experience building and growing teams from small to mid-size to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of instructional design, employee engagement, recruitment and sales strategies, and other process improvement measures.

Rowan will be a part of the Brilliant leadership team and will report to Brilliant CEO, Sheldon Schur.

Schur explains, “Chris is an example of the type of investment we are making to develop our team to be the best in our field and position Brilliant for the future.” Schur adds, “I am confident that Chris is the right person to coach and mentor our employees allowing them to accelerate their personal goals and achieve greater success.  I look forward to him sharing all of his expertise with our team.”

Most recently, Rowan was Director, Training & Development at Diversant, an IT consulting firm. Before that, he spent a decade at Manpower, a global consulting giant, where he led and trained orientation and onboarding, identified process improvements, helped prioritize opportunities and built a performance consulting model for hundreds of employees. Prior to that, he worked for an insuratech firm leading more professional development efforts.

Of his new role, Rowan says, “I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Brilliant team as Director of Training and Development and work with such a talented group of individuals.” He continues, “Throughout my career, I have always had a passion for helping teams who are eager to develop their skillset personally and professionally. I find the entire learning process so rewarding for both the individuals and for me. I cannot wait to hit the ground running.”

Brilliant is headquartered in downtown Chicago, Illinois, with additional offices in the Schaumburg and Downers Grove suburbs, as well as in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The firm also has remote colleagues throughout the U.S. from Minneapolis to Texas to North Carolina.

Rowan will alternate his work schedule between his home base in Milwaukee, WI, and the downtown Chicago and the Fort Lauderdale offices throughout the year.

Since Brilliant’s inception in 2009, the firm has seen massive success including being named the No. 1 fastest-growing company in 2015 by Crain’s Chicago Business, Forbes America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms and Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms in 2020, and ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client, Talent, and Employee in 2022.

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, technology and business solutions for the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. labor markets.

Our talent is brilliant as we represent some of the highest-quality professionals across the nation. We partner with businesses looking for consultative or permanent resources in the areas of accounting, finance, tax, audit, financial systems and technology. Together with our resources, we provide the business solutions needed to help our clients achieve their goals. Many of our team members are former accounting and finance experts from the Big 4 audit and accounting firms who know the market and industry like no other.

Since our inception in 2009, we have ranked on major lists including Forbes America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms (No. 2 in 2018), Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms, 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, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client, Inc. 5000, Best Places to Work South Florida, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, and others.

We strive to #bebrilliant and offer a safe, fun and equal-opportunity environment for our team. Our fast-paced culture is filled with innovation, passion and hard work. We are dedicated to our craft and strive to transform the accounting, finance and technology space while helping to navigate the goals of our clients and candidates


Media Contact:

Laurie Vicente, CSMP
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

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