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.