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A leading environmental business research publication has honored Brilliant Environmental Services, a full-service environmental consulting and contracting firm in Jackson Township, with its 2020 Business Achievement Award for COVID Resilience – Rebuilding During Pandemic. 

The Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) awards usually recognize business performance using conventional metrics, such a revenue growth and technological achievement. However, EBJ expanded the various award categories in 2020 to include COVID Resilience and COVID Response, to shine a spotlight on noteworthy companies who adapted successfully to new COVID operating restrictions and changing client needs, said Grant Ferrier, president of Environmental Business International and editor of EBJ. 

 Brilliant Environmental Services will be honored by EBJ later this month at an online awards ceremony for the firm’s resilience in successfully navigating the challenges of both bankruptcy reorganization and COVID restrictions, only to emerge stronger with a yearend profit. 

When COVID struck in March 2020, Brilliant Environmental Services LLC was in the midst of recovering from filing Chapter 11 Reorganization in May 2019, rebuilding business and business relationships,” the magazine said 

With no financial resources other than billing, reporting to court monthly, and limited vendors, Brilliant established all staff in remote home offices and continued field work for clients while preparing a Reorganization Plan due to the Court in April 2020,” the magazine said.  

Owner Phil Brilliant, along with Office Manager Karen Markey, lobbied and relied on reputation to gain votes for passing the Plan, while maintaining business during the pandemic. The company succeeded in both, and bankruptcy was closed in December 2020,” the magazine said. Brilliant Environmental used the personal touch, including videos, telephone calls and Zoom meetings to maintain vendors, grow clientele, and increase business from 2019 by 3%. 

Brilliant, who is also the vice chairman of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, credited his company’s turnaround to “good old-fashioned hard work.” 

“We earned it. We survived. That’s resiliency!” Brilliant told EBJ magazine.