Gary Russell - Partner / Principal
Gary Russell is the co-founder of Helium Tax with partner Howard Morin. He previously served as Director of Wealth Management at Conover Capital Management. He brings over 15 years of Wealth Management, Financial Planning, Tax Strategy, and Retirement Plan Consulting experience to our valued clients and trusted partners every day. As a recognized industry leader and frequent guest speaker on a variety of financial topics, he brings a unique approach to delivering innovation financial and tax solutions for clients. Gary is also a Multi-Year winner of the 5 Star Wealth Manager award by Seattle Magazine. A native of Bainbridge Island, he now calls the Kitsap Peninsula home.
Howard Morin - Partner / Principal
Howard Morin co-founded Helium Tax with partner Gary Russell in 2016. Howard has over 20 years of financial services and leadership experience. Most recently, he oversaw the Financial Services Group of Conover serving as CEO of both the Conover Securities Corporation and Conover Capital Management. Starting as a manager of the institutional trader business at TradeStation Group his success was recognized by the Intel Corporation who relocated him to the Pacific Northwest in 2000 where he was named Managing Director of Global Financial Services. At Intel, Howard was responsible for implementing technology at some of the largest financial firms in the world. After a career at Intel he returned to Wall Street, joining Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) as a private financial advisor. Howard is also a Multi-Year 5 Star Wealth Manager award winner by Seattle Magazine. Howard is passionate about advising clients on key decisions and working with employers to align their corporate retirement plans with their strategic goals. A native of South Florida, he splits his time between Washington State and Arizona, and calls Peoria home.
Denise Earl, CPA - Tax Lead
Denise has been with the firm since 2019. Originally from Wichita Kansas, Denise and her family moved to Washington during her childhood and settled in the Silver Lake area of Everett. She attended Silver Lake Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School, and is a graduate of Cascade High School. After graduation, Denise attended Everett Community College and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and business finance from Central Washington University. Denise achieved Accounting Graduate of the Year and attained Suma cum Laude honors. However, having accomplished those wonderful distinctions Denise was not quite finished. She decided to attend Western Washington University and earned her MBA in 1998. Since then, Denise has cultivated her skills and become an expert CPA with over 20 years of experience in tax and accounting. She enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, the outdoors, riding motorcycles, and getting to know new people.
Justin Dean - Associate / Business Specialist
Justin Dean is an associate with the firm and a business specialist who helps clients with their servicing needs. As an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the services industry he is skilled in business strategy, strategic partnerships, management, and creating solutions. Originally from South Florida, he and his family now call the West Coast home.
Nichcole Johnson - Office Manager / Accounting Lead
Nichcole has been with the firm since 2018 and provides bookkeeping and payroll services. She comes to us with a broad background in tax, accounting and payroll services. She is QuickBooks ProAdvisor certified in QuickBooks and is currently working on the QuickBooks Online and Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor certifications. Nichcole graduated college with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and minor in Human Resource Management. She enjoys playing roller derby and spending time with her family, friends and animals.
Stephanie Ridley - Client Service Associate
Stephanie Ridley joined Helium Tax in 2019 as Client Service Associate. She has 20 years of customer service experience, which includes 10 years of management experience. Stephanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She loves building solid relationships with her clients. In her free time Stephanie enjoys spending time with her two kids and traveling the world with her family. Stephanie grew up in Oregon and now calls Snohomish home.