Keynote Speaker Bio/Sketch


Late one beautiful summer night in June 2009, Vince Ulstad was heading home to  Fargo after an all-day business trip. He was on the interstate in central North Dakota when his vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle going the wrong direction, driven by a drunk driver.  The crash resulted in life-threatening injuries to him and the death of the other driver. Vince was rescued alive and rushed to an emergency room, but was not expected to live. His body suffered significant damage, including broken bones, multiple skull fractures, mangled muscles and nerves, and major blood loss.  Unknown was the extent of brain injury or other non-visible effects. After multiple surgeries and five weeks in a coma, Vince awoke to a new life of permanent and total blindness and the need to learn to walk again. Nearly six months later, after stays in hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers, he returned home from that business trip.

Unable to return to work as an agronomist for a global ag company and with physical therapy and instruction on daily skills as a blind person, Vince began a journey through life which he never thought would be necessary or even possible.  With the love and encouragement of family, friends, caregivers, and teachers, he discovered that life was, and could be, once again, good. Now, in his 61st year, he is eager to share with interested groups his story and the life lessons he has experienced.  His story has key messages for many types of audiences, whether business groups, civic organizations, high schools, colleges, churches and charitable organizations, or teams. Whether talking about encountering and overcoming adversity in life, the dangers of impaired driving, the value of friendship and encouragement, or the ultimate value of a person, he draws out specific lessons for each unique audience.  He may make you laugh and cry in the same sitting.

His lifelong interests & hobbies include camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, boating, fishing, ballroom dancing, bicycling, landscaping & gardening, farming, pheasant hunting, woodworking, & reading; all of which he loves to do with his sons Brent and Kyle.

For more information on Vince's story, contact him at:


Vince Ulstad

701.238.4251 (Cell)


Skype:  ulstad57vl