David G. Echelbarger, CPA/CGMA is a Shareholder and the Managing Partner at Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm Co., P.C. (EHTC). Dave is responsible for the vision and direction of EHTC, focusing on strategic thinking, nurturing the culture for the firm and keeping up-to-date with industry trends and topics. As a leader of the firm’s management team, Dave has a significant role in managing the operations and business development at EHTC. He specialized in the innovation and implementation of automated accounting and finance systems in the areas of distribution, manufacturing, construction, professional services and private equity groups. In addition to his extensive tax and accounting experience, Dave has over 24 years of experience in technology consulting and implementation, developing EHTC’s software division called Velosio of Grand Rapids.
Dave spearheaded the implementation of EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) at EHTC, which allows the firm to align and synchronize departments. As the Visionary for the firm, he inspires team members to live the EHTC core values both in and out of the office, and motivates team members and clients alike to achieve their full potential by leading training sessions on key business components. He promotes EHTC within the firm and in the West Michigan community by highlighting the attributes that make EHTC unique, which includes a team approach to proactive client services, a focus on people and culture, and a local firm presence with international resources.
Dave remains active both within the firm as well as in the community and industry. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) as well as Chair to the Executive Committee for the MICPA. Dave is also a member of the MICPA Awards Committee and Special Tax Task Force Committees. He is on the Board of Directors at First National Bank of Michigan and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).
Dave first joined EHTC in 1987 as a tax intern, where he worked in the Accounting and Auditing department. After graduating from Aquinas College with his Bachelors of Business Administration, Dave advanced his career within the company throughout the years. He earned two certifications during that time – one as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the other as a Charter Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Dave, along with the EHTC team, have been recognized by Accounting Today, Accounting Technology and Microsoft Corporation for their contributions to the industry. EHTC was most recently named one of the 2019 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For.