American Academy of Neurology

“Ben captivated our audience of neurology professionals at our recent Awards Luncheon with his personal story of courage and hope. Not only is he 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 consussion.”

Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director/CEO


“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

Guy Carpenter

“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

Tri-County Health Care

“Ben’s keynote moved the audience from laughter to tears to a standing ovation! Afterwards men commented ‘he was one of the best speakers yet! and good luck topping that.’ We are pleased to have included Ben in one marque men’s event of the year and highly recommend Ben Utecht as a keynote speaker!”

Rachel Amiot, Event Planner

Thrivent Financial

“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

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

The McKnight Foundation

“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

Stevens Community Medical Center

“Ben Utecht was everything we had hoped for and more. Very inspiring and relatable to every age group. Ben took the time to make sure he knew the audience that he would be speaking to. After the event, he took as much time as was needed to speak to people, sign books, and take pictures. They were very accessible to communicate with and prompt with their responses. A+ for Ben. Our organization with be utilizing him for his leadership program as well. I would highly recommend Ben to speak at any event.”

Joan Spaeth, Community Outreach Coordinator

ND Long Term Care Association

“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 that meeting you and having you a part of my last convention was very special.”

Bev Herman, Former Education Director

American Heart Association – Minnesota

“Ben emceed our 2017 Twin Cities Heart & Stroke Gala. His positive energy, sincerity, well-known name and personal connection to our mission of improving brain health inspired our sponsors and donors, and elevated the tone and focus of our event. Ben was professional, open to brainstorming creative ways to combine his many talents into our program, and an overall delight to work with.”

Elizabeth Warmka, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications


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