This year, more than 50,000 employees from hundreds of companies across the state answered the survey, which is anonymous and measures several aspects of workplace culture and employee satisfaction. Companies are grouped by size: large (500 plus employees), mid-size (150-499 employees) and small (under 150 employees). BGV was #1 in 2018 and continues to rank high amongst its peers in the large company category. For the past eight years running,  Breckenridge Grand Vacations has been recognized as a Top Workplace, ranking above well-known past nominees such as Edward Jones, USAA, Progressive Insurance, T-Mobile US and others. And in 2021, for the very first time ever, BGV also received national recognition in the area of Culture and Innovation as one of the best workplaces in the United States! That’s the result of our commitment to “kaizen”, always looking to make improvements in everything we do.

“BGV has always strived to be the best place to work in Summit County,” said Breckenridge Grand Vacations developer and CEO, Mike Dudick. “We feel so fortunate to be recognized as a Top Workplace in the state and it gives us a tremendous feeling of accomplishment that we’re providing a meaningful and rewarding work environment while putting smiles on the faces of our owners, guests, employees and community. As part of our Triple Bottom Line approach which focuses on people, planet and prosperity, we’re proud that we’ve developed a culture of bottom-up leadership that develops and supports our employees and that they truly feel this support.”.

It was a Colorado bluebird day as more than 500 participants, volunteers, vendor festival representatives, employees, friends and family members walked, ran and enjoyed live entertainment and healthy food during The 7th Annual Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk (RAM Walk) on June 11th at Carter Park in Breckenridge. The event is organized by Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ (BGV) philanthropic program, BGV Gives, in honor of the late BGV owner/developer Rob Millisor. A committed philanthropist and community supporter, Rob passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in 2015 while on a humanitarian trip to Nepal following a devastating earthquake there that year.

The success of the event can be seen and felt in the outpouring of support from community partners such as The Summit Foundation, Breckenridge Restaurant Association, the Town of Breckenridge, BreckCreate and the Red, White and Blue Fire Department who come together to make this event fun for the entire family. Children’s activities, live entertainment, a 5K trail run and hike and a 1-mile walk around town not only provide the opportunity for some morning exercise, but also the chance to support the Rob Millisor Heart Health Fund at The Summit Foundation. One hundred percent of every dollar raised at the event goes to the Heart Health Fund because Mike Millisor and Mike Dudick, owner/developers of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, cover all the expenses every year.

In 2021, just the sixth year of the event, a landmark $1 million in total funds raised was achieved. The 2022 event added another $185,000 to the fund, the second largest amount generated since 2016 and the event’s inaugural year following Rob’s tragic death just eight months earlier. This year, 33 sponsors contributed $165,750 to the Walk. An additional four sponsors provided $7,000 in trade and in-kind services. Registration fees and donations from participants and supporters added to the final tally.

Grants and sponsorships awarded from the Heart Health Fund are used to support heart health programs, projects, research and equipment as well as nonprofit organizations who provide critical programs and services at the heart of our community. Grant funding is as unique and varied as the organizations that are supported. From purchasing and locating AED units throughout the community through Starting Hearts to supporting the Keystone Science School CATCH Afterschool Program to CPR/DEFIB education to start-up funding for the High Altitude Research Center, funds awarded and programs supported make a difference and save lives. To date, more than $900,000 has been distributed to these and other important community programs.

Minimizing our environmental impact is also important at BGV. The company strives to eliminate as much waste as possible going to our landfill. At this year’s RAM Walk, of the 1,198 pounds of waste generated at the event, only 250 pounds was taken to the landfill representing a 79% diversion rate.

Mark your calendars now and save the date for the 2023 Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk on Saturday, June 10. Donations to this year’s RAM Walk can still be made online at The Rob Millisor Heart Health Walk | BGV Gives.

In April, Pivot Energy announced the signing of a 4.9-megawatt community solar subscription with Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV). The contract is one of the largest community solar subscriptions in the history of the hospitality sector and a vital component of BGV’s sustainability initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.

For BGV, community solar offers a range of benefits. It boosts our bottom line by providing cost savings and hedging against rising electricity costs. Furthermore, participating in community solar represents meaningful action to address threats to normal operation posed by climate change. The impact of climate change at BGV particularly hits home as shorter snow seasons threaten to deter snow sports enthusiasts who flock to Breckenridge each winter for the legendary snow-capped mountains.

Emily Kimmel, Recycling and Sustainability Manager for Breckenridge Grand Vacations said, “Pivot Energy has been an ideal partner in our efforts to obtain a community solar subscription, both because of their extensive footprint in Colorado and for their commitment to shared values of community wellbeing and environmentalism. Sustainability is of the utmost importance to Breckenridge Grand Vacations, and we are very excited for the opportunity this community solar subscription presents to help us reach our sustainability goals. We look forward to working with Pivot in the months ahead to bring these endeavors to fruition.”

For Pivot, helping clients like BGV traverse their own sustainability journey, and thus bringing the benefits of solar to more communities, is an integral part of meeting their ambitious environment, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Matthew Brenn, Director of Business Development for Pivot Energy, said, “Pivot Energy is proud to be working with a partner like Breckenridge Grand Vacations that is so committed to renewable energy and sustainability. As a Colorado-based company, we have a deep appreciation for the beautiful environment here in our state and take seriously our role to combat climate change and preserve clean air and clean water. We are excited to facilitate a key part of BGV’s sustainability journey and are eager to see what the future holds for our partnership.”

The solar gardens associated with BGV’s subscription are currently under construction, with the first round of projects expected to come online in 2022 and the remaining capacity expected online by late 2023.

Far View Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation (FVHRR) is an all-volunteer, community-based, organization dedicated to providing shelter, care, rehabilitation, and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. FVHRR is committed to reducing the number of unwanted horses by providing community resources through equine education and interactive learning, providing a welcoming environment where equine and humans inspire and enrich each other.

Far View has rescued and rehabilitated more than 80 animals since its inception in 2010, 11 of those being within this past year alone. Creating opportunities for community involvement and education is a big part of the mission at Far View. Educational Clinics, Summer Rescue Camp & Horsemanship Fridays, and Read-To-A-Burro are just some of the programs available in Park and Summit Counties.

Far View Horse Rescue operates with four values at its core: rescue, rehabilitation, education, and placement. Their ultimate objective is to find adoptive and permanent loving homes for the horses. Each owner is carefully screened to ensure a healthy, mutually beneficial match is secured for both the horse and the owner. They seek long-term security and a positive experience for everyone involved in the adoption process.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) has been a long-time supporter of the Rescue, contributing both as a sponsor of several of the annual fundraisers as well as awarding grants for specific projects such as improved fencing, program support, and even organizing teams of BGV volunteers to help with hands-on daily chores and ongoing Rescue jobs. Supporters like BGV help ensure that this organization can provide high quality feed and supplementation, safe and adequate fencing, medical care, and more. Generous donors make it possible for the organization to do more in our communities; both in being able to take in more animals in need and expand educational offerings to the community.

Far View Horse Rescue offers a variety of events throughout the summer and welcomes volunteers to assist with all aspects of the organization. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation before starting.

More information about Far View Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation can be found on their website at Far View Horse Rescue-Home.