Alan started guiding tours when he was a senior in high school. Since that time, he has traveled with hundreds of groups all over the world, including tours to England, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, China, and Thailand. His degree in history from Utah State University adds richness to the tours that he leads. He and his wife, Ida Mae, live in Ogden, Utah and are the proud parents of four sons. Alan’s love in life is to see the world with incredible people and to share his knowledge of travel with all of his groups. Come and become one of his “travel groupies” today.
Tours: April China – May France Tour & Seine River Cruise - June Blue Danube River Cruise – July LDS Church History 1 – July LDS Church History 2 – August South Africa – September Israel – September British Isles - October Private River Cruise Rhine River, Germany and France: Departure 1, Departure 2 – November Australia, New Zealand & Fiji
Larry Gelwix has been the coach of the Highland Rugby team since its founding in Salt Lake City in 1976. The movie Forever Strong (2008) was inspired by him and his team’s history. The Highland rugby team has compiled an unrivaled winning record since its founding in 1973.
Gelwix is best known in the Rocky Mountain area as the “Getaway Guru” and host of the syndicated “Travel Show” radio broadcast. Gelwix has been an on-air radio talk show host for more than 20 years (12 years at KSL and 8 years syndicated by Clear Channel Communications). Gelwix is also the feature on the “Getaway Guru” segment broadcast weekly on KUTV channel 2, the CBS network affiliate in UT, ID, and western WY. Gelwix serves as CEO of Columbus Travel.
Gelwix has received many awards, honors, and distinctions, including the “Best of State” award as the best high school coach in the state of Utah, the “Education Service Award” from the State of Utah Department of Corrections; and the BYU “Outstanding Service” Award.
Richard Paul Evans
Richard Paul Evans is an international bestselling author with more than 25 New York Times bestsellers. There are currently more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide, including the internationally popular The Walk and Michael Vey series for Young Adults. Evans has won the American Mothers book award, two first place Storytelling World awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance, three Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Award and nearly a dozen other regional and national writing awards. Four of Evans’s books have been produced as television movies. Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children.
Evans lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Keri, and their five children.
Tours: August China
Keri DiSera Evans (wife of national bestselling author Richard Paul Evans) began her love affair with Italy more than a decade ago when her father took her back to the old country to find their ancestral home. Shortly after her return Keri talked her husband, Richard, into moving to Italy with their 5 children where her passion for Italia inspired another of Richard’s bestselling novels, an Italian love story called The Last Promise. Since that time, Keri has traveled nearly every corner of Italy and considers herself “a displaced Italian”. She studies the language, culture and cooking and continues to help her friends find the best sites, shopping and food in the country. Keri’s dream is to help others discover the beauty of the Italy, whether it’s in the Chianti wine country, floating the canals of Venice or walking in reverent awe beneath Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel. From small hill towns to the bustling streets of Rome, you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget. With Buon Viaggio Italy, you’ll experience the culture not just as a tourist, but as a part of a remarkable culture of the one country everyone must see at least once in their lifetime.
With 30-plus years of travel and media experience, nationally renowned New York Times best-selling author, TV personality, and professional speaker Dian Thomas has now escorts tours to many international destinations. Her love for people and the excitement and enthusiasm she brings to the travel experience are a perfect fit, helping you enjoy the world in a fun-loving way. As a successful entrepreneur and author of 18 books, Dian knows firsthand how to entertain groups, create memorable moments, and help you gain the most from every excursion. For eight years she was a regular on NBC’s Today show, followed by six years on ABC’s Home Show . She was the subject of over 5,000 media interviews, including the Tonight show with Johnny Carson and ABC’s Good Morning America. Come have the time of your life and let Dian help you discover the lands and seas you have only dreamed about.
Barry often jokes that his mother would starve the family if it meant they could travel together. Always having a packed was a way of life at the Knight house. Traveling became the family’s way of growing together, and Barry decided at a young age that he wanted to prioritize his life around the adventure of traveling.
As a passionate travel professional for more than 30 years, Barry has had the privilege of traveling the world as a Tour Guide and looks forward to every tour as a new and exciting opportunity. Having escorted hundreds of tours, travelers always appreciate his conscientious attention to details, positive attitude, and genuine concern for all of the tour participants. He says the best part about his job is traveling to exciting places with great people, and making sure everyone has a memorable time fulfilling their travel dreams.
Barry and his wife call Cache Valley home and are proud parents of four amazing daughters. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer ~ so pack your bags and join Barry for a rich adventure.
With more than 40 years in the travel industry, Ted has directed groups in more than 60 countries worldwide. A geographer at heart, his favorite saying is by the Prophet Mohammed – “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me where you have traveled.” He is a Certified Travel Counselor and Life Member of the Travel Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He currently serves as a member of the board for the Utah Tour Guide Association and is one of its founding members. Ted’s friendliness, attention to detail and years of travel experience have made him a favorite among travelers. He and his wife JaNae now make their home in beautiful Torrey, Utah.
Alf Gunn is an expert on travel to Brazil with incredible first-hand knowledge of the customs, culture, and Brazilian lifestyle. Fluency in Portuguese and Spanish afforded him a 30-year FBI career followed by security consulting in Latin America. Now a veteran of eight specialty tours to Brazil, Alf maintains email newsletter correspondence with over 2,000 Americans who have lived in Brazil. He admits he loves to meet people and his trips go beyond sightseeing to provide unique people-to–people experiences on international cruises and in-country tours. He and Marcia call the Pacific Northwest their home, where most of their 12 grandkids live and where he bicycles and sea kayaks year-round.
Christopher Balmer – Owner of Perfect Light Camera & Supply, Photographer, Instructor and Member of Professional Photographers of America
Christopher is a nationally known Northwest wildlife and nature photographer. He has also become a very well respected photography instructor throughout the country. He has extended knowledge and expertise in Wildlife, Landscape, Portraiture, Commercial, Product, Flash and Macro photography. His technical knowledge of all cameras and camera equipment is unsurpassed. He has taught over four thousand students over the last four years. Students travel to his courses from all over the country and even a few from overseas. His passion and excitement for photography is very contagious and he has always had the goal to teach people how to take the picture right in the first place and to not rely on Photoshop and other editing programs to “fix” the photo. Come and see why so many people have sought out his expertise and photography educational courses.
Tours: Coming soon!
Dick has been in the travel industry for over 25 years. He started a travel agency as a college student with some friends, and it has grown from there. Dick has been to more countries than states and is an expert in international travel. He loves setting up his own tour packages in countries around the globe so that he can offer the most affordable and exciting packages to travelers. Dick and his wife Greer have 3 children and are residents of Kaysville, Utah.
Tours: October Brazil
Ellen has lived in Davis County, Utah all of her life except for the four years she attended college at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and then promptly went to work at building and raising her family of four daughters. She has since added three sons-in- law and five grandchildren.
Ellen has been employed for 15 years at a religious institution. She began traveling at a young age when her parents would put her on the train every summer to visit her grandmother in California. She has since traveled all over the world and has hosted four trips to Israel and the Mediterranean for Dick Jensen & Alan McKay Tours. She loves travelling looks forward to sharing that experience with others.
Bill and Diana McGuire
Bill graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science and then went on to graduate with the second graduating class of the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was employed with the Davis County Attorney’s Office for 34 years where he worked as a prosecutor for 30 years and ended his career in the Civil Division of the office. Bill is an avid sports enthusiast whose main passion is golf. Diana is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science. She spent almost 30 years teaching in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Department at BYU, as both a Professor and the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program. Having recently retired, she now spends time on her other passions: piano, violin (just recently!), and being Nana. Bill and Diana have enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world and deem their five children and fifteen grandchildren to be their greatest accomplishments.
Tours: May Complete Europe Cruise
Larry and Cheryl Stamps
Larry and Cheryl traveled to Brazil on their own in 2003 and have returned 7 times since with Dick Jensen & Alan McKay Tours (including 2 transatlantic Italy to Brazil cruises). They have hosted a number of these and other trips. Larry lived in Brazil for two years from 1966-1968. With a love of Brazil, Larry has worked to keep his Portuguese active. After returning from Brazil, Larry married and served as a linguist in the Air Force for four years. He then received a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Travel Management, worked as a travel agent and in 2010 completed a 30 year career with Amtrak. Cheryl worked in elementary education and raised their children in Northern California. Larry and Cheryl lived in the Washington, DC area for a number of years and now come and go from a nest in Reno, NV, closer to their 3 children and 10 grandchildren. But, loving to travel, since retirement they are gone from their nest more than they are at home.
Their love of travel on their own is surpassed by their love of traveling with others and helping others enjoy the wonders of the world.
Tours: Coming Soon!
With over 40 years in Sales and Marketing, Ross learned fast the rewards of earning a “Client Sales Trip”. His love for traveling the world started early and has continued throughout his life. Ross has spent 30 years in the travel industry, not as a host, but as a world traveler. He and his wife Shauna (and Co-Host when available) have traveled to over 29 countries in 6 of the 7 continents of the world, including a European River Cruise and many more destinations yet to be visited. Ross’s favorite trip: The one he hasn’t been on yet!
Ross and Shauna love to travel and have been on several of Dick and Alan’s Tours. Hosting tours was a natural for them.
“A Dick Jensen and Alan McKay Tour allows you to discover the travel experience you were meant to see and feel while on your trip.” We always came home from each trip with an education from our professional guides and hosts, feeling we experienced the “Trip of a Lifetime”.
The majority of Ross’s successful career he enjoyed in broadcast media, selling television and radio with CBS, KSL-TV, KUTV2, FM-100 and working in the Mortgage Banking Industry.
Ross’s secret to success: “If you make a sale, you earn a commission, but if you make a friend, you earn a fortune” and Ross’s clients became his friends. His fortune has come from his wife, his family and all the friends that have touched his life over the many years. Ross has a passion for travel, photography, golf and people. Ross and Shauna have lived most of their lives in Salt Lake City and enjoy their 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Tours: Coming Soon!