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What people say

  • Ben took the time to familiarize himself with the profile of our graduating class, and even mentioned a few of them by name during his speech. He personalized his message to his young audience, building on his athletic and other life experiences, his faith in God, and his love for family. We’re inviting him back for other opportunities to speak to both our student athletes and our general student population.

    Dr. Tom Ries President, Concordia University
  • Not only is Ben dynamic and engaging, his personal story resonates with others and increases awareness on the needs to support research to help brain injury patients, especially those with sports concussion. Ben was a natural choice to receive the 2014 Public Leadership in Neurology Award from the American Academy of Neurology and our foundation, the American Brain Foundation.

    Catherine M. Rydell CAE, Executive Director/CEO, American Academy of Neurology
  • Ben Utecht is a remarkable example of someone who has turned a tragedy into a life-affirming effort to educate the public, especially parents and young athletes, about the potential serious consequences of sports concussion and other head injuries.

    Timothy A. Pedley MD, FAAN, President, American Academy of Neurology
  • Ben genuinely aimed to make each person feel special.  Ben's keynote speech moved the audience from laughter to tears to standing ovation!  Afterwards men commented "he was one of the best speakers yet!" and "good luck topping that!".  Ben was so easy to work with and very accommodating.  His message was powerful and captivating and his passion for his family and brain health touches the heart of every listener.

    Rachel Amiot Event Planner, Tri-County Health Care
  • Ben emceed our annual gala and was simply awesome!  Our event is attended by nearly 1,300 of our donors and friends, it is our flagship event for the year.  Ben’s care and concern for our mission was evident in his preparation for the big night.  As we reviewed the scripting and order of events, Ben brought significant insight to the process.  The night of the event showcased Ben’s ability to engage the audience with his genuine warmth, humor and overall charisma.  He was the paramount professional in also keeping the event on time and focused.  We were blessed to work with Ben and would highly recommend him to others.

    Brian Molohon VP of Development, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities
  • Your evaluations were excellent and you received many wonderful comments such as… “Awesome…Wow…Excellent speaker and topic, Made me cry, Moving, Powerful, Great message, beautiful story, fun to listen to, and many thank you’s for sharing your story!” This was my last convention, as I retired after 31 years of planning workshops and conventions and I have to say my that meeting you and having you a part of my last convention was very special.

    Bev Herman Former Education Director, ND Long Term Care Association
  • Ben was amazing! It’s clear that Ben knows how to gear his talk to the audience. He was in a roomful of the best neuroscientists in the world (including a Nobel Laureate), and he clearly knew how to connect the science to the human perspective. It was such an inspiring way to start our session on memory loss; many attendees came up to me later to let me know how inspired and impressed they were by Ben.

    Eileen Maler Program Manager of Neuroscience, The McKnight Foundation
  • Ben did a fantastic job.  On our program evaluation from the participants,  he scored a 9.1 on a 10 point scale.  He scored higher than Dr. Omalu.  Our board chair said “he hit it out of the park”.  During our board meeting one of the CEOs said she will change the way her organization treats brain injury patients based on Ben’s comments.

    Cathy Morrow Senior Director, Vizient
  • Ben provided a great message to our group of financial representatives. He was engaging by providing humor alongside the seriousness of his story of  perseverance in working to overcome injuries that took him down a different path he never imagined. He was inspiring to all!  Ben received an average of 9 out of 10 on our post-event survey. During the planning process, Ben was great to work with. He took the time to get to know his audience and our organization and was able to weave in messages that were relevant to the group. I appreciated that Ben was very down to earth! I would definitely work with him again and would recommend him to others.

    Jessica Schuppe Field Operations Manager, E Minnesota/NW Wisconsin Region, Thrivent Financial
  • Ben recently spoke at an industry conference sponsored by our firm. By all accounts, our group was greatly impressed by Mr. Utecht’s powerful life story and the positive impact he is making by bringing greater awareness to the medico-legal issues of sports concussions and brain trauma. His presentation was passionate and inspirational. Ben provided an excellent testimonial for our attendees, and it is evident he is a man of great character and faith. On a personal note, Ben also did a nice job in talking with many people in our group (which was greatly appreciated), and even hung out with us well after his speaking engagement was over. Mr. Utecht received very high marks from our attendees (who can be a tough crowd) on the quality and content of his presentation. Well played Ben!

    Steve Underdal Managing Director/Head of Global Healthcare, Guy Carpenter
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