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Rick Heltne, Partner

How does your personal mission serve SIMA Partners clients?

Rick finds great joy in navigating transitions with organizations and individuals. When a significant fit to a role occurs as a result, then both the person and the organization are able to thrive in ways that bring a higher level of mission fulfillment. Developing a sense of partnership with clients is also a motivating factor in Rick’s work.








For the past eleven years, Heltne has been a leader in searches for churches and faith-based organizations, helping SIMA Partners establish itself as a pioneer in the field.

Rick has recently worked on senior and director level searches for such non-profit organizations as: CityTeam, World Vision, Youth Frontiers, Treehouse and Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. 

Prior to entering the retained executive search business, Rick was an Area Director with Young Life, a youth minister and Vice President of a nonprofit training organization.


Giving Back

  • Rick enjoys coaching and mentoring those in transitional stages of life, especially ‘emerging adults’ and those moving from careers in business to non-profit and ministry roles.

  • He is a member of Colonial Church where he has served as Chair of the Youth Ministry Committee, as mentor/coach for the Innove (a social entrepreneur initiative) and as a Confirmation leader.

  • Rick spent many years coaching youth hockey. 



  • Master of Arts Degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN 

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN



  • Rick is passionate about golf, enjoys following NHL, college and high school hockey and loves spending time at the family cabin in northern Minnesota. 



  • Rick and his wife Elaine (a Vice President in Human Resources with US Bank) have been married for 36 years and have two married sons, Brett and Erik and one grandson.




Email Rick | Phone: 612.384.0410

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