Synetic Technologies’ Ron Helmer Honored as Idealist of the Year

As longtime supporters of City Year Kansas City’s mission to support the development, growth, and success of students in systemically under-resourced schools, we have the yearly honor of choosing someone from GRC to recognize as an Idealist of the Year during the organization’s annual Idealist Gala.

According to City Year Kansas City, an idealist is someone who has the passion, skills, and courage to change the world. For this local nonprofit, idealists are people who don’t just envision a better community. They’re the ones doing the work to make their communities better.

This sentiment perfectly describes this year’s honoree–Ron Helmer, CEO of Synetic Technologies–who embodies a spirit of idealism in his commitment to helping those around him flourish through mentorship.

2024 Idealist of the Year: Ron Helmer

Ron’s personal and professional life are a testament to his passion for mentorship and elevating the people in his care.

A native of Oregon, Ron’s career began in the U.S. Navy, where he spent 22 years serving in various engineering, global transportation and intelligence positions that gave him an opportunity to lead and develop junior enlisted sailors and junior commissioned officers.

In 2004, Ron’s career shifted, but his care for people remained central. As the CEO of Synetic Technologies, he’s spent the past two decades fostering a culture of employee empowerment and has been instrumental in providing his team with opportunities to grow and develop from entry-level positions to senior management and leadership roles.

Ron’s mentoring is visible outside the office, as well. A mentor with the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) since 2011, he teaches business, leadership, and management skills to aspiring Kansas City-area entrepreneurs, donating his time and expertise to their success. Ron’s also spent more than 14 years coaching women’s competitive FastPitch softball, where developing character goes hand-in-hand with coaching athletic skill.

Ron and his fellow Idealist honorees were recognized at the Idealist Gala on Wednesday. If you have any words of encouragement or congratulations to share with Ron, or if you’d like to learn more about how you can support City Year’s mission in Kansas City, we’d love to hear from you.

About City Year Kansas City
City Year Kansas City partners with Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) to support and accelerate the district’s overall Strategic Plan. City Year Americorps members serve as student success coaches who focus on the early warning indicators that place students at a greater risk of dropping out of school. These include low attendance, poor behavior, and/or course failure in English language arts and mathematics, and research shows that students with one or more of these indicators can have a 75% chance of not graduating high school. By improving graduation rates, City Year hopes to improve the lives of at-risk students now and in the future