Howard Morin co-founded Helium Advisors with partner Gary Russell in 2016. Howard has over 20 years of financial services and organizational 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 institutions 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 2013 & 2014 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 plan with their strategic goals. A native of South Florida, he now resides in Snoqualmie.
A cornerstone of financial planning is the recognition that everyone's economic and life situation is unique. Personalized service is essential when matching clients with the right financial products and services.
A commitment to professionalism and the cooperative development of unique, personal goals forms the foundation of any strong financial plan.
A financial plan must reflect the stage of life its owner is in: whether purchasing a first home, financing a child’s college education or planning for retirement. A plan must reflect its owner’s personal or business situation, and highlight those financial products that best fit it. A custom-tailored financial plan must also be continually reviewed to measure its achievements against stated aims, and ensure the owner is comfortable everything is moving forward according to plan.
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Founder / Partner
Founder / Partner
Gary Russell is the co-founder of Helium Advisors 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, 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 solutions for clients. Gary is also a 5 Year winner of the 5 Star Wealth Manager award by Seattle Magazine. A native of Bainbridge Island, Gary now calls Sammamish home.
Kristina “Tina” Houser joined Helium Advisors in 2016 as Operations Manager. She has previously served key financial roles in her career most recently as Chief Financial Officer and Financial Principal for Conover Securities Corporation. Kristina has extensive experience in accounting as well as financial and regulatory reporting at both the FINRA and SEC level. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Washington. She enjoys working with clients and helping them develop and reach their long term financial goals. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Kristina is a native of Edmonds and now calls Woodinville home.
Mike’s dedication to his clients comes from a genuine interest in people and a quickness to form relationships and see people he cares about succeed and thrive. He understands that each person has their own story and individual needs. With a deep love for learning and a gift for analysis, Mike brings balance, objectivity and creativity to his relationship with clients. His appreciation of “differences” is fed by extensive travel across 4 continents, but if you asked him where would he most like to go, he would tell you “anywhere I can be with family or friends”. Mike's community involvement includes activities ranging from working with youth to serving on the board of directors of a top-100 credit union. His hobbies include playing the guitar, backpacking and making little kids believe he is invisible. Mike received his BA in Business at the University of Washington and an MBA from the Thunderbird school of Global Management.
Tax Compliance Specialist
Ryan Simonson is an IRS Enrolled Agent and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Washington. Ryan serves as the Tax Compliance specialist for Helium Advisors. Ryan joined Helium Tax in 2016 as a Tax Associate working with a diverse set of tax matters for both individuals and businesses. He has previously served as a staff accountant at Conover Tax & Accounting and other local accounting practices. Ryan is also a current CPA candidate. A native of Spokane, Ryan now calls Bothell home.