View from the Bottom

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MikeThe View from the Bottom is Mike Millisor’s monthly letter to all of the stakeholders of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family of resorts.

There is nothing like losing someone dear, to remind one how precious all the other people in one’s life are.  My business partner Mike and I, and our entire staff, have come through the most difficult time in the history of our company.  The loss of my brother Rob has devastated all of us, and we have only begun to recognize the many ways in which we will miss him.  I know no one who gave himself more completely to his family, his work, and his community than Rob did.

The thing is, for Rob all of it was about family.  There is no doubt that his wife Amy, his daughter Claire and son Grady held a special place in his life, but in reality the idea of family had no boundaries for Rob.  Growing throughout his career to include all BGV employees, owners and guests, in the last weeks of his life Rob’s family had grown to include the world.  The photos we have of his last days, helping to provide medical care to victims of the earthquake in Nepal, show Rob grinning from ear to ear, enjoying every minute of his humanitarian journey.

This must come as no surprise to those of you who had a chance to meet Rob, but the outpouring of sympathy that everyone at BGV has received from so many of you, our owners, tells me that even if you hadn’t met him, you had met his spirit in the way we have always worked to put service at the top of our priorities as we built the company together.  I cannot thank you enough for reaching out to us and reminding us at this difficult time, that we do indeed have a very big, and very special, family supporting us.

I can’t count how many times, over the past few weeks, I have heard employees talking about how to honor Rob’s legacy, and it always comes down to the same thing: to never stop nurturing his spirit in everything we do, from providing wonderful vacation experiences, to volunteering our time in the community, to supporting the company’s philanthropic outreach.  In acknowledgement of the profound way in which you have made us part of your family during these difficult days, we renew our commitment to always regard you as part of our family.

Mike Millisor
GrandVacations@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com

16 replies
    • Jeff and Pat Evans says:

      Our hearts go out to all of you in this time of immense sadness. Sending good thoughts for the difficult days ahead. We had the pleasure of meeting Rob when we bought our very first timeshare from him at Goldpoint 22yrs. ago. We now own 3 of the 4 properties, therefore; feeling part of the BGV family. Thoughts are with all of you.
      Pat and Jeff Evans

    • Tanya Saavedra says:

      Always appreciate the attention that is given in Breck! My heart breaks for his beloved family! May he rest in piece atop that heavenly mountain! God’s grace❤️

  1. Wolfgang says:

    When I think back the plus 25 years at Gold Point and aftetwsrds Grand Timber, Rob always comes to mind. Although it has been years since running into Rob, I always recall the joy and positive conversations we did have. His enthusiasm in his work was radiant. It was complete sadness to hear of him leaving this earth. His life exemplified a permanent reminder of his legacy here at Breckenridge and abroad.

  2. Roger Lemmon says:

    I can honestly say that Rob was the nicest guy I ever met. My wife and I were so blessed to know him. Our best wishes and prayers are with his family. I would hope that BGV will find some way to memorialize his life.

  3. Connie Bond says:

    Rob leaves a legacy of making Colorado History. Although I didn’t know him personally, we are proud to have watched him develop his potential with integrity, loyalty, and benevolence. That legacy will live on with those who knew him personally, and those who knew him from the impact he made in Breckenridge, Colorado, and the world.

  4. Ken Reynolds says:

    I did not know Rob, but I am so sorry to hear of his untimely death. He has sure has given of himself to others.

    God Bless, Ken

  5. Susan Guzman says:

    My husband Erv and I were staying at GL Peak 7 when it was announced that Rob had passed. He sounded like an exemplary human being and we felt his loss, that day. May his shining light continue to touch and guide his family in the highest and best way, bringing them loving comfort in the memories they shared. Although we never met Rob, he has certainly touched our lives in a strong and positive way.

    Blessings to you!

    Susan

  6. John R Haeck, CPA says:

    While I served on GTL’s Board for a few years, I met with Rob pretty regularly at Board meetings and after. Rob was everything to which you (Mike) and others have testified. Outstanding guy, businessman, and immediate/automatic friend. Like everyone, I’m sure, the news shocked the heck out of me. I had just exchanged with Rob a couple of business communications that I had initiated, and Rob was gracious enough to respond and exchange ideas unselfishly. Rob was a truly great guy, and I’ll miss him, even though our business endeavors scripted no necessary future encounters. Accept my humble wishes for your continued inspiration from Rob, as his memory will live well beyond his life.

  7. Jennifer and Chris Mennenga says:

    It’s hard to hear that Rob passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amy and the kids and the rest of the family. However, it does help to know that Rob had an incredible impact not only with his family, but also with those in Breckenridge and around the globe to Nepal. It takes great courage, wisdom and strength to help others.
    Sincerely,
    Chris and Jenn

  8. Tami Lambie says:

    After meeting you all at the initial Grand Colorado on Peak 8 purchase, you definitely showed how important family is. My brother-in-law suffered a massive heart attack in the wee hours of the morning on the day of the launch. Everyone made sure we were allowed to be moved up and share in the joy of being an owner in the new property. The hugs, the appreciation to family in our time of need was so touching and special. Anyone who thinks you all are just businessmen are wrong. You are family and everyone will feel the loss of Rob. Bless you all as you grieve but cherish your special memories.

    Blessings and prayers to you!!

    Tami and Marvin

  9. Jan Kifer says:

    Having met Rob and been so close in the early years, I’m devastated to learn of his death. He truly was a special man and citizen of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jan Kifer

  10. Bruce and Tashi Browder says:

    Dear Mike,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you deal with this loss. Rob’s exemplary work will live on.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Bruce and Tashi

  11. Millward Family says:

    Your brother’s compassion and kind nature was felt in your letter.

    From my family to yours; Love and Peace.

  12. Dave and Lynne Morrow says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and especially his precious children.

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