About Joel

Joel M. DeVries, CPA — Partner

Phone: 616.855.8236  Fax: 616.855.0236  Emailjm.devries@helmholdt.com

Joel joined Helmholdt+Company in 1994, after a merger with another local firm, and became a Partner in 2003.  He enjoys working with business owners to provide tax and business management solutions that add value to their businesses.  He is responsible for a variety of business and individual client services including tax planning, attest services, and tax return preparation.  In addition, Joel provides accounting and consulting services to many family-owned and closely-held businesses and individuals across a variety of industries.  Joel has developed long-term relationships with clients over his many years of service and enjoys implementing strategies to minimize taxes and improve overall business operations.

Joel and his wife, Michele, are long-time Grand Rapids residents and have five children, with whom they enjoy spending time and being involved in their many athletic, school, and career activities.  Joel enjoys playing golf, pickleball, hiking, watching sports, the occasional pheasant hunt, and spending time with family and friends. He has also served as treasurer and/or board member of various charitable and non-charitable organizations, and has been a coach on a variety of his children’s athletic teams.


  • Calvin College, 1990: BS, Accountancy

Accreditations & Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (1992), State of Michigan Board of Accountancy


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)