By Ariana Handorf | March 11, 2024

Chicago, Illinois — Brilliant, a leading staffing solutions provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Clay Herron to its advisory board. With over 40 years of distinguished financial leadership experience, Herron’s addition strengthens Brilliant’s strategic vision and financial capabilities, propelling the company forward in its mission to revolutionize the staffing industry.

Throughout his extensive career, Herron has served as CFO for a diverse range of high-growth businesses across various sectors, including telecommunications, software, logistics, industrial services and healthcare. Notably, his tenure in private equity-sponsored companies saw him facilitating successful PE-to-PE sale transactions, delivering significant value to shareholders. Herron is renowned for his ability to build and nurture world-class finance and accounting teams, manage intricate M&A transactions, and seamlessly integrate new entities. His expertise, grounded in Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) and M&A roles, uniquely positions him to navigate the complexities of the financial landscape with finesse and insight.

“Joining Brilliant’s advisory board presents an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a forward-thinking team at the forefront of the staffing industry,” said Clay Herron. “I am eager to leverage my years of financial leadership experience to contribute to Brilliant’s continued success and growth.”

Keith Ordan, CEO of Brilliant, expressed his enthusiasm for Herron’s appointment, stating, “I’ve known Clay for over a decade and consider him to be one of the most accomplished and values-driven financial executives on the planet.  Clay is also one of the most knowledgeable, caring, loyal, and trustworthy people I know.  Clay’s extensive experience and track record of driving financial excellence make him an invaluable addition to Brilliant’s advisory board. His insights will be instrumental as we navigate strategic decisions and pursue ambitious goals in the staffing sector.”

About Brilliant®

Brilliant is an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting firm specializing in accounting, finance, audit, tax, technology and business solutions for the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. labor markets.

The firm represents top talent and engages businesses looking for consultative or permanent resources in the areas of accounting, finance, audit, tax, financial systems, data analytics, technology and more. Together with its resources, Brilliant provides the business solutions needed to help clients achieve their goals. Many of its team members are former accounting and finance experts from the Big 4 audit and accounting firms, and former technology professionals who know the fields and markets.

Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has ranked on major award 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, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Employee, Inc. 5000, Best Places to Work South Florida, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, and others.

To learn more about Brilliant, its business solutions and its team, visit or follow @Brilliantfs on social media.


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Ariana Handorf
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