Defining the Future of Fluorescent Pigments

Brilliant was founded to serve the needs of industrial users of fluorescent pigment around the globe.  We offer a world-class range of fluorescent pigments, soluble toners, and paint and ink concentrates

Our team is steeped in fluorescent pigment technology.  It's what our key members have been doing since the 1980's.  We know that these fluorescent colorants aren't like other dyes or pigments, so we're there to help our customers with formulating and use.

Our goal is to offer ‘best of breed’ fluorescent technology, provide local inventory and technical support through our international distribution network, all the while bringing exceptional value.

Our global headquarters, with corporate offices, R&D and manufacturing, is located in

the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, USA.



Darren Bianchi

Founder and CEO

Mr. Bianchi started working with fluorescents as an undergraduate student in chemistry. During his studies, he worked at Nalco Chemical, when it was the parent company to DayGlo. During this period, he worked on the development, scale-up and analysis of fluorescent emulsions. After finishing his undergraduate degree in chemistry, he joined Radiant Color in California in 1990. Starting as a chemist, he quickly progressed through roles of Environmental Manager, Technical Director, VP-Technology, Sr. VP and later became President of Radiant. During this period, he oversaw numerous successful product launches, from initial experimental design through manufacturing and on to commercialization. 

Following the sale of Radiant, Mr. Bianchi joined the Dane Group UK (SWADA, Sterling, Novaglo, Glowbug brands) in 2005 and ran sales in North America. Following the sale of Dane's color business, he founded Brilliant in early 2007.

Darren has a BS in Chemistry from Illinois State University, a MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of California-Berkeley, Haas School of Business. 


Ray Peria

Technical Manager

Mr. Peria has been working with fluorescents since he joined Radiant Color in 1982. The bulk of his early work focused on the development of lithographic printing ink bases for conventional printing. Over time, his work branched into fluorescents for other areas of printing, including flexo (water and solvent), gravure, and UV systems, as well as other pigment dispersions. Ray has been instrumental since the launch of Brilliant. He works tirelessly to support our customers and ensure that their needs are met for product quality and performance and provides technical support to our customers in the printing inks market. 

Ray has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Adamson University. 


Shaun Mihalick

Technical Service Manager

Mr. Mihalick joined Brilliant in 2015 following the move to our new manufacturing facility. He brings a host of experience in research & development, quality control, and technical service in the industrial finishes market. Previous to joining Brilliant, Shaun spent the previous seven years at Akzo Coatings. Shaun acts as the initial point of technical contact for our customers and provides support for applications including paints, coatings, dispersions and plastics.

Shaun has a BA degree in Chemistry from the University of Willamette.