By Laurie Vicente, CSMP | April 21, 2016

Jim Wong selected to help economic development and growth throughout the State of Illinois

CHICAGO, Illinois (April 21, 2016) — Jim Wong, Founder of Chicago-based Brilliant™, an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology, was selected today to serve on the Board of Directors for the newly formed Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC).

Jim Schultz, CEO of the ILBEDC, announced the inaugural Board of Directors will be made up of nine dedicated Illinois business leaders, including Wong.

The ILBEDC was created by Governor Bruce Rauner (IL-Rep.) to assist the Department of Commerce in executing economic development through a new approach, adjusting to the changing needs of businesses.

“I certainly believe in this non-partisan effort to attract, retain and grow businesses in the state of Illinois,” said Jim Wong, CPA (Inactive) CEO of Brilliant. “It is extremely important for me—as both a business owner and resident—that we stay focused on this endeavor with all of the challenges the state is currently facing. Because I am on the front lines of the labor market, I am in a unique position to talk to the benefits of businesses moving and developing their operations within our fine state.”

He continues, “I founded Brilliant in 2009 to help the residents of Illinois find jobs and help businesses find new employees to hire. Not only that, but we have been able to thrive which allows me the ability to share with other business executives just how prosperous other organizations can be here. This lends me to help in the best way that I can—and I feel everyone in the state of Illinois should feel a similar sense of responsibility. We can all work together to bring businesses to Illinois and restore the integrity of our state.”

Wong was recently recognized on the Staffing 100 List 2016 for North America as one of the most influential people in the industry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is an active member of the Illinois CPA Society, the NIU Department of Accountancy Board of Advisors, and was a board member of the Northern Illinois Executive Club.

Wong and his family reside in Clarendon Hills, Ill.

To learn more about Wong or Brilliant, visit To learn more about the ILBEDC, visit

About Brilliant
Brilliant is a search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and IT for the greater Chicago and south Florida markets. Brilliant was named Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing, No. 1 fastest-growing company on 2015 Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50; Chicago’s and Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® 2014, 2015; 1,165 on the 2015 Inc. 5000; No. 2 on 2015 Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms and on the Staffing 100 List 2016 for North America. To learn more about Brilliant, visit

The Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC), in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, focuses on the State of Illinois’ marketing and business development efforts, helping companies grow in and locate to the state. ILBEDC was established as a private entity with greater flexibility to actively pursue prospects and market the state to increase the capacity of the Illinois Department of Commerce’s efforts to grow Illinois’ economy. For more information about the ILBEDC, visit

Laurie Canning, Marketing Director, Brilliant

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