George Helms is the chairman and chief executive officer of Advance Engineering company, a position he has held since 1987. Advance Engineering is headquartered in Redford, Michigan, and offers metal stamping services for customers in the automotive, home hardware, medical, electronics and food product industries. Joyce Helms is the owner of Advance Design, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Mr. Helms moved to Michigan from North Carolina over 20 years ago for a business opportunity. The couple currently resides in Bloomfield Hills. George joined the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center Campaign Council and the UMHS Campaign Council in the fall of 2013. The couple has provided generous support to the Melvyn Rubenfire Professorship in Preventive Cardiology, and have supported the Medical School in other areas in addition to U-M Athletics.