Lakeland Boating Staff

Publisher
Walter “Bing” O’Meara

Walter “Bing” O’Meara

Publisher
312-276-0610 ext 12

As far back as he can remember, Bing has had a passion for boats. He started his marine industry career back in the early 1970s, when he accepted a sales position with Motor Boating & Sailing. From there, he moved on to Petersen Publishing's Marine Group in 1979. Finally, in 1983, Bing purchased Lakeland Boating from Petersen. This year, he celebrates his 30th year as owner and publisher.

Editorial Staff
Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson

Editorial Director
312-276-0610 ext. 15

A New England Native, Lindsey grew up in Connecticut on the shores of Long Island Sound aboard her family's ever-changing stable of powerboats and trawlers. A graduate of Syracuse University's prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Lindsey has worked as a professional journalist in the marine industry for 13 years. She took the helm of Lakeland Boating back in 2009.

Heather Steinberger

Heather Steinberger

Editor-at-Large
312-276-0610

Heather Steinberger grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and has been boating all her life. A professional marine journalist for more than 15 years, Heather loves writing about on-water adventures, exciting destinations, maritime history and the many colorful people who live and work in the Great Lakes. She has written for Lakeland Boating for nearly a decade.

Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Associate Editor
312-276-0610, ext. 23

Growing up near the western shores of Michigan, Kate spent her childhood tubing, fishing and adventuring to nearby ports on Lake Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University School of Journalism in 2013, she moved to Chicago with her fiancé. Kate has worked at several Michigan-based publications and is the newest crew member at Lakeland Boating.

Creative Staff
Christy Tuttle Bauhs

Christy Tuttle Bauhs

Art Director/Production Manager
312-276-0610 ext. 24

A graduate of Indiana University's School of Journalism, Christy joined the staff of American Printer in 1994, where she spearheaded redesigns in 1999 and 2001. She won several design awards before taking time off to take care of her family. Christy came to Lakeland Boating in 2010, where she oversaw a redesign in 2012. She enjoys spending summers in Pentwater, Michigan with her husband and two children.

Business Staff
Mark Conway

Mark Conway

National Sales Representative
312-276-0610 ext. 25

Mark grew up on Long Island Sound working as a beach boy in his youth. He then served in the U.S. Army at President Johnson's expressed request after completing his college education. Mark spent his entire professional career in the publishing industry and has been on board with Lakeland Boating since 2001. His passions include his wife, his daughter, history, and being on or near the water.

Patti McCleery

Patti McCleery

Regional/Classified Sales Manager
312-276-0610 ext. 21

Patti has worked at Lakeland Boating for nearly 20 years. Growing up in Ohio, Lake Erie holds special memories for her. Patti vacationed almost every year with her family at Catawba Island's Gem Beach Resort until she went off to Ohio State for college. After school, she moved to Chicago and continued to cruise and race sailboats on Lake Michigan.  

Linda O’Meara

Linda O’Meara

Marketing Director
312-276-0610 ext. 22

After many years spent cruising and living on or near the water, Linda joined the Lakeland Boating crew. With a passion for boating and a long career in marketing and banking, her skills have been put to good use at the magazine helping to sell advertising, manage accounts and generally keeping the place in ship-shape condition. She also keeps Captain Bing on course!