About Us

Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co., P.C. (EHTC) was established in 1977 by Dennis M. Echelbarger, CPA/CFF/CGMA. His passion for public accounting and community outreach has made EHTC what it is today. His ambition was to know people on a more personal level. His drive was the everyday challenge of resolving issues for individuals, non-profit organizations, and businesses, while building long term relationships. Dennis found his abilities to help others reach their full potential very rewarding.

Since then, EHTC has grown and evolved to become one of the most successful local multi-service accounting firms in the Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The firm is a recognized leader in the business community, as well as a participant in professional organizations and volunteerism.

That success is based upon being large enough to serve a wide diversity of customers, but small enough to maintain personalized attention. Additionally, the firm values each employee, creates a congenial working atmosphere, and is known as a gratifying place of employment.

EHTC professionals also take pride in giving back to the community. Each year, EHTC hosts the Chipping for Charity golf outing in September that raises money for a local organization; over $250,000 has been donated from this annual event! EHTC employees are also volunteering, indivudually and as a team, and adopts a family each year during the holidays. For a more detailed list of what EHTC is doing in the community, visit our  http://www.ehtc.com/about/community.

The secret to EHTC’s success relies strongly on giving back to the community and the firm’s core values: Work/Life Balance and Family, Teamwork, Communication, Integrity and Trust, Innovation and Flexibility, Exceeding Clients Expectations, Relationships, Opportunity, Profitability, Accountability and Responsibility. EHTC shareholders motivate employees to reach their full potential through continuing education, working together as a team, experiencing life, and helping customers do the same. EHTC is not your typical accounting firm.

Shareholder History
Prior to EHTC, Dennis Echelbarger spent eleven years as an employee and partner in another local CPA firm, and two years as the Chief Financial Officer of a large distributor in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally, he planned to remain a sole practitioner. Dennis hired Diane L. Friar, CPA/ABV/CFF as his receptionist/secretary two weeks after opening his office. (Diane became the first staff person to rise to shareholder status in 1985. Diane retired from EHTC in 2013.)

The firm's first location was on 36th Street in Grand Rapids and Dennis' first partner was added in 1978. Subsequently, new partners replaced him and although the original partners are no longer with the firm, the EHTC name still thrives. Since inception, the firm has focused on the needs of mid-size businesses while offering tax planning and preparation, audit and accounting services, forensic accounting, business valuation, litigation support, and business consulting. The belief was to offer one-on-one customer services and concentrate on building winning relationships.
 

As the firm's clients became more successful, business grew and so did the number of team members. Robin M. Stoner, CPA/MST joined the firm as an administrative assistant in 1985. She became a shareholder in 2004 (the second person to rise to shareholder status in the firm).

David G. Echelbarger, CPA/CGMA joined the firm as a staff accountant in the Audit and Accounting Department in 1986. Dave was aware of clients' requirements and needs for technology skills and information. Following his father's entrepreneurial spirit, Dave founded EHTC's Technology Solutions Division in 1987. In 1994, a strategic decision was made to collaborate with a select group of software vendors, including Microsoft Corporation.

EHTC Technology Solutions was initially formed to support the sales and marketing of this software and related solutions. Since then, it has evolved into a business technology consulting practice. Efforts are no longer simply focused on the sales and support of specific software but include services such as data integration between systems, custom-developed software solutions, and in-depth expertise with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

EHTC moved to 5136 Cascade Rd in 2000. Dave Echelbarger, CPA became a shareholder in 2004.

In 2005 Robert E. Milanowski became the shareholder and Director of EHTC Technology Solutions. Bob had over 15 years of technology experience. His strength was the ability to work with business leaders identifying technology problems and implementing solutions. Bob resigned from EHTC in 2013.

2013 was a big year for EHTC

Shareholder Diane L. Friar, CPA/ABV/CFF retired after 36 years at EHTC and shareholder Robert E. Milanowski left EHTC to pursue another career path. EHTC promoted Curt A. Reppuhn, CPA to a shareholder position from the Audit and Accounting department and ran the EHTC office out of Gaylord, MI.

Erik C. Olson, CPA/CVA was recruited as a shareholder in 2013 as well. Erik's expertise in public accounting and tax covers a wide range of industries including manufacturing, professional service, real estate, and technology.

EHTC Technology Solutions joined a consortium of Microsoft Dynamics Partners and is operating under a Microsoft Gold Certified; Master VAR called SBS Group (www.sbsgroupusa.com). This allowed EHTC Technology Solutions to continue servicing their clients at the highest level possible. EHTC Technology Solutions changed its name to SBS Group Grand Rapids and David Echelbarger, CPA/CGMA is the managing Shareholder. 

In 2015, the firm moved locations once again to its current building located at 2301 East Paris Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

2017 showed change in the firm's leadership, with the departure of Curt A. Reppuhn, CPA and the addition of Jake J. Wolffis, CPA as a Partner in the Assurance department. Jake's experience in auditing, accounting, internal controls and financial statements are helping to move EHTC forward while expanding the client base services offered.

For questions about EHTC/SBS Group Grand Rapids or to find out ways our professionals can help you or your business, please click on the "Contact" page or call (616) 575-3482.