gus newbury, president

Gus Newbury moved to Traverse City after retiring in 2017 as the Vice President of Engineering for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In addition to serving as the President of the BTC’s Board of Directors, he also is a member of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Gus grew up in Ann Arbor and attended the University of Michigan. He and his wife Susan have two grown sons, two grandsons and three dogs — two English Setters and a miniature, long-haired dachshund. Gus’ hobbies include fly-fishing, upland bird hunting and snowmobiling. 

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MARC Mckellar ii, vice president

Marc McKellar II, an attorney who practices in Traverse City, is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He is a member of the Kingsley Downtown Development Authority and also serves on the board of directors of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Marc’s outdoor passions are hunting waterfowl and fishing for trout, particularly Michigan’s state fish, the brook trout. He believes that the wild brook trout population in the Boardman River should be granted special consideration by the Michigan DNR.


ANDREW ADAMS, treasurer

Andrew Adams is an avid fly fisherman who hails from the U.K. He chairs the BTC’s Outreach, Fundraising and Membership Committee and is on the board of directors of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Andrew moved to Traverse City in 2017 after retiring from a job in IT security. “We have a responsibility to protect and nurture the wild trout for future generations,” he says. “This includes stopping the ill-conceived plan to introduce invasive steelhead to the watershed. It will be the death knell for the brook trout here.”


dr. tHOMAS white, director

Dr. Thomas White is a retired OB/GYN physician who practiced medicine in Kalamazoo before moving to Traverse City. He is a longtime member of Trout Unlimited and is the former president of the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of TU.

Tom enjoys fishing for brook trout and has been fly fishing on the Boardman River and its tributaries since 1974. He is the chairman of the BTC’s Research Committee.

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GARY MAREK, director

Gary Marek has been involved in river and wild trout conservation for most of his adult life. He is the founder of the Pine River Area Chapter of Trout Unlimited and he served on the Michigan Council of Trout Unlimited for many years, including as Regional Director, Communications Coordinator, Vice Chairman and Chairman. Gary’s professional careers have included 10 years of teaching English at Elk Rapids High School and 18 years managing the Learning Lab adult-education program for the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.  He then spent four years working as a free-lance writer for a variety of national magazines, including Audubon, Trout, and Gray’s Sporting Journal.  He continues work on The Third Point of Balance, a novel about the magic in rivers, the people who threaten and defend them, and corrosive commercialism. 


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ted wendling, secretary

Ted Wendling moved to Traverse City from Columbus in 2017. He enjoys fishing and hiking and has volunteered for several local environmental and community organizations, including Friends of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Goodwill/Food Rescue and Boardman River Clean Sweep. He chairs the BTC’s Communications Committee.

Prior to his retirement, Ted worked in state government in Ohio as an investigator and investigative supervisor. He also had a 28-year career as a reporter and editor, primarily at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


bob garvey, director

Bob Garvey moved to Traverse City in 2012 after retiring from a career as a certified public accountant in Annapolis, Md. He has been fishing since age 10, catching striped bass using an 8 weight rod in his formative years and now fishing on the Boardman River with a 3 weight rod at least three times a week.

Bob also serves on the board of directors of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited.