BGV’s Development Team led by CEO, Mike Dudick, donated three parcels of developable land to Summit County Habitat for Humanity. According to Habitat’s Executive Director, April-Dawn Knudsen, the new homes will likely become higher density units for multiple families. All three lots are located within the town limits of Alma, Colorado, a bedroom community for Summit County’s workforce.
The decision to donate the land was a “no-brainer” according to Dudick who also stated, “Housing is the number one request we hear from our employees, and as the largest year-round employer in Summit County, we have to listen and take action. We hope that by donating this land it may inspire others who are in a position to do so, to consider this as well.” Dudick assures that BGV and his team are fervently searching for solutions in addressing the pervasive issue in the community around the affordable employee housing shortage.
Habitat for Humanity’s Homeownership Program is for local income-qualified families (<80% AMI) who can apply and be coached from the initial application process through to the loan qualification. Homeowners are selected by; 1) need for quality, safe housing, 2) ability to pay an affordable mortgage, 3) willingness to partner with Habitat. “With the increased scarcity of land and the price of real estate continually rising, ” stated Knudsen, “we don’t typically see land donations like this anymore.” Historically Summit Habitat has built single-family homes but as they have recognized the need to increase density are now exploring multi-family housing options. “We hope to be able to house more teachers, law enforcement, and first-responders – the very people who make our communities thrive.”
Programs like Habitat, which use a deed-restriction method, keep homes affordable for working families over time. “BGV sees this land donation as a faster route to placing families into homes,” says Dudick.
Summit Habitat for Humanity believes that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity; and when the broader community is engaged in addressing the urgent need for adequate, affordable housing, everyone becomes less vulnerable and more resilient. Knudsen shared, “We are grateful for Breckenridge Grand Vacations’s generous donation. BGV is a shining example of philanthropy and is so generous in supporting every aspect of our community, ultimately making so many lives better.”
To learn more about Summit County Habitat for Humanity or to be added to the list for upcoming housing notifications, please contact April at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.SummitHabitat.org to make a donation and join BGV in expanding local homeownership opportunities.
The Lead from the Bottom Award Honors the BGV non-Executive leader who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to our bottom-up vs. top-down leadership philosophy. “At BGV, leaders are not on a pedestal – they are the pedestal!”
Jazmin has been a rock in the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Housekeeping Department since she was first hired in 2016. Her compassionate leadership style is characterized by thoughtful organization and dedication. Once stand out situation includes how she developed and prepared her team, especially her assistant managers and RQs, to operate successfully and seamlessly during her maternity leave. Jazmin challenges her team appropriately as she strives to constantly develop those around her. She is always there to lend a helping hand, and her work ethic inspires others daily.
The Lead from the Bottom Award is presented to Jazmin Pimental.
The Superior Service Leader of the Year Award Honors the BGV non-Executive leader who led his or her team to deliver superior service, whether it be internally or externally and did an outstanding job of listening to customer feedback, identifying a recurring challenge, and taking meaningful steps to eliminate the problem. This is someone who knows that at BGV we do not send “bug letters.” We kill bugs!
Over the past year our Guest Services leadership team has been through a lot, however, they have proven time and time again that they were the best people to lead our properties through this unexpected storm. These leaders worked efficiently across departments to develop innovative protocols in response to ever-changing COVID restrictions to ensure safe and Grand vacations for our owners and guests. Some examples include developing a curbside check-in process at each property, utilizing a new CRM system to virtually communicate with on-property owners and guests and creating To Go Activities. These leaders managed the wide spectrum of owner and guests’ expectations with poise, grit, and patience on the frontlines. Their problem-solving and cooperation on a day-to-day basis has been nothing short of inspiring.
The Superior Service Leader of the Year Award is presented to Guest Services Leadership Team: Guest Services Leadership Team: Amie Yoder, Julianna Nopson, Jason Eaton, Janna Polger, Brit Listak, Emma Bollinger, and Lauren Garver.
The Stormy Seas Award Honors the BGV non-Executive leader who overcame a significant challenge in the past year. This is someone who knows “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”
The Marketing Guest Services Leadership Team, Brittany Holloman and Laurel Coffman, has shown tremendous resilience throughout the past year in their leadership of the MGS Department. This driven, passionate, and dedicated duo stayed positive through the challenges their team faced due to COVID-19 impacts on the department. With the support and guidance from their leaders, the MGS team carried out the fulfillment of several successful marketing initiatives which played a significant role in helping BGV recoup from the impacts of the pandemic. Brittany and Laurel work hard to improve and streamline inter-departmental processes and truly embody the OneBGV spirit.
The Stormy Seas Award goes to Brittany Holloman and Laurel Coffman as the MGS Leadership Team.
The Most Grandest Achievement Award Honors the BGV non-Executive leader who led her or his team to meet or exceed a significant goal or to achieve a significant accomplishment. “Achievement results from work realizing ambition.”
The ARM Leadership Team, Joseph Clark-Fulcher and Jonathan Moore, exemplify what it means to be team players. These leaders show incredible dedication to their team, helping their employees develop and grow both professionally and personally. Joe and Jonathan supported the department successfully implementing a deferral program, producing record setting mortgage delinquency numbers, surviving the HOA season, and becoming one of the most efficient departments in the company throughout the pandemic. This tenacious leadership pair leads by example, remaining level-headed and approachable through difficult customer interactions, pushing their team to follow in their footsteps, and be the best in customer service. Last year produced record setting numbers, reinforcing the Grand customer service and leadership of the ARM department.
The Most Grandest Achievement Award is presented to Joseph Clark-Fulcher and Jonathan Moore as the ARM Leadership Team.
The Rookie of the Year Award Honors the BGV non-Executive leader who has been in a BGV leadership position for less than 18 months, for demonstrating a strong commitment to BGV’s culture and core values.
Gama had huge shoes to fill when he stepped in as the Grand Timber Lodge Assistant Housekeeping Manager. It is an understatement to say that he filled them. Gama hit the ground running as he learned existing housekeeping processes, and quickly implemented new ones. Sometimes changing leadership can be scary and challenging, in this case, Gama seamlessly integrated into the GTL team. He has been at the forefront of developing and implementing new procedures and embracing the increased workload for housekeeping that came with the BGV Shines program and other COVID-19 impacts. Gama truly embraces the “coaching-up” culture of BGV and makes a noticeably positive impact on those around him.
The Rookie of the Year Award is presented to Gama Hernandez.
The Coach of the Year Award Honors the BGV non-Executive leader who has excelled in the past year at developing others. “Good leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders.
Two character-defining characteristics of Shaubie are compassionate and supportive. The Sales Team seeks her guidance daily as an experienced member of the team, they know she is always available and approachable. Shaubie is an incredible coach, patiently pushing every team member towards success.
She goes above and beyond in every interaction – whether it is a customer or member of the BGV family.
The Coach of the Year Award is presented to Shaubie Faia.
New this year is The Resilience Award. The Resilience Award honors the BGV leader who most effectively faced and overcame a professional of personal challenge.
Dan Roth has been an amazing force of stability during an incredibly turbulent time. His unending confidence and knowledge keep the Vacation Rentals Department moving forward, and his relentless pursuit of quality service is contagious among all his employees. Dan’s leadership is characterized by patience, compassion, and grit, which is reflected in the company’s increased occupancy rates across properties since re-opening last June. VRD works daily collaboratively across departments and properties and he is always willing to work hard and support others, no matter the challenges that may present themselves. Dan’s ability to bring out the best in others by example is a trademark of a Grand leader.
The Resilience Award is presented to Dan Roth.
You may have heard that Xcel, one of the biggest utility companies in the US, has committed to becoming 80% carbon-free by 2030 and 100% by 2050. Xcel is the first major utility company in the United States to make such a commitment!
In the most recent Sustainability Report from the Town of Breckenridge, our community announced their carbon-neutrality goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2035. As BGV works closely with Xcel and the Town, we want to help them get there and have been working with them to do just that. Therefore, we have a goal for BGV to reduce our energy consumption by 3% per year with an overall goal to achieve a 21% reduction in energy consumption by 2030 (2019/2020 baseline).
As Breckenridge Grand Vacations continues to explore exciting renewable energy opportunities for our existing and new buildings, it is equally as important that we continue to make upgrades to our facilities and homes to reduce the overall use of energy. You have the power to help BGV, the Town and Xcel meet their goals by making small changes in your lifestyles or at the workplace.
A good place to start is by simply turning off the TV, lights and ceiling fans or by knocking down the heat when you are not in the room. Consider replacing bulbs in the home or office. Did you know that replacing a single 60W incandescent bulb with a comparable LED can save more than 1200 kWh over the life of the bulb or about $160?
Among other improvements, each property has upgraded almost all their lighting to LEDs over the course of the past few years. Not including GC8, which was already built as energy efficiently as possible, these efforts have led to about a 16.56% reduction in company-wide electricity consumption from baseline numbers. When combined with our current solar investments – which averages close to 400,000 kWh annually and fully offset electric usage for our corporate offices and the Breck Inn – this has created a good foundation of energy savings to build on.
Along with saving on electricity and sourcing more of our power from renewables, we are using a growing portion of that electricity to power electric vehicles with our 10 EV stations currently online at Grand Colorado on Peak 8, Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and Grand Timber Lodge. And we are about to bring an additional 2 ports online at GL7 and will continue adding EV ports to meet the growing demand.
As we all begin our journey into the new normal, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused massive changes in our daily lives. At Building Hope, they recognize that those life adjustments often come with a wide variety of emotions. The journey from social isolation to in-person interactions with strangers, friends and co-workers can induce feelings of excitement, exhilaration, anxiety, fatigue and frustration. It’s ok.
It’s ok to not be ok because this is what many are feeling. You are not alone. Building Hope offers a variety of innovative programs and partnerships that provide immediate access to therapeutic support groups, tools and scholarships for therapy for people underinsured or unable to pay.
The Building Hope scholarship program grew from a place of great love and great need and has had a major impact on the mental health landscape in Summit County, as have their other innovations. Building Hope’s partnership with Peak Health Alliance ensures that physical and mental healthcare in the high country is affordable. The organization’s insurance incentive program encourages independent therapists to take insurance so that everyone can access the care that is needed. In addition, the FREE connectedness events and HYPE youth events bring people of all ages together in a safe and supportive space to meet new friends and inspire resilience through the power of connection.
Building Hope extends its thanks to BGV Gives – an amazing partner in our community healing efforts – for their generous support of Building Hope. Building Hope urges all of our Summit County friends, families and loved ones to reach out to someone they care about and assure them that however they’re feeling, it’s ok. They are not alone.
Discover all kinds of tools to become a hope-building resource for yourself and others at buildinghopesummit.org.