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: September British Isles – October Private River Cruise Rhine River, Germany and France: Departure 1, Departure 2 – November Australia, New Zealand & Fiji – November/December Thailand & China – January South Africa – February Peru and Guatemala – March Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand – March Israel, Jordan & Egypt – April Amsterdam River Cruise – April China – May Norway & Baltic Cruise – June South Africa Safari
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.
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.
Barry often jokes that his mother would starve the family if it meant they could travel together. Always having a packed suitcase 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.
Jackie Poulsen was raised in Smithfield, Utah and is a graduate of Utah State University. She and her husband, David, have been blessed with three tremendous children and five darling grandchildren. She has studied Hebrew and Jewish Culture at the University of Utah. She loves the Holy Land and its people. She feels that it is always a precious experience to visit this place of eternal significance. Of this place she says: “The land of Israel breathes passion. It speaks to one’s heart. You can sense centuries of sacredness, turmoil and sacrifice as you set foot on its soil. Every site bears the hand print of God. Seeing these places brings much context and enlightenment to the stories in Holy Writ that we know and love.”
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: September Peru
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.
Tours: November Israel
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: Coming Soon!