Each June I present my “Fireside Chat” to all BGV employees, bringing them up to date on pretty much everything going on in the company, from finances to resort updates to company benefits to our owner satisfaction ratings. We consider them all stakeholders in the company, and we treat them as such by being as transparent as possible.
As part of this presentation to employees, I also share with them information concerning the company’s philanthropic giving over the previous year. I do this not to pat myself and my partners on the back, but to instill in our employees a sense of the value of giving back to this community, which gives us all so much.
In preparation for this year’s Fireside Chat, we calculated a number that I want to share with you as well. That is, over the past ten years, Breckenridge Grand Vacations has contributed $4.8 million to local nonprofit organizations.
Even I was surprised by that number. Since the very beginning, my partners and I have shared a passion for contributing to the welfare of our employees and the larger community. Our giving priorities focus on health and human services, providing support for the basic needs of individuals and families in Breckenridge and Summit County.
We are committed to making our community a better place to live for the hundreds of families who work here and raise their families here – and who help to provide the many opportunities you enjoy every time you visit.
We also know that we could not have enjoyed the success we have attained without the talents and energies of our employees, so each year we reward them with a bonus based on the company’s performance.
Why should you care about our local efforts? On the most practical level, I would suggest that secure and happy employees provide the best service to our owners and guests. But even more than that, I hope it makes you proud to be part of an organization that considers the ability to give back an essential element of success in business. I hope you feel good knowing that not only have you invested in a lifetime of grand vacations with family and friends, but that you have thereby invested in the community that makes those memories possible.
I do know that many of you are involved in valuable nonprofit organizations in your own communities. Each year, we receive hundreds of requests from BGV vacation owners, asking us to contribute sponsorships or in-kind gifts for their fundraising efforts. Though all of the organizations are clearly worthy, we simply are not able to contribute to all. That is one of the reasons we have chosen to focus on our local nonprofits, but I do want to express my appreciation for all you do to help the valuable efforts in your area.
I thank you once again, as I have done so often before, for choosing to join the BGV family. As we have been able to contribute to the strength of our town and county, it is you who have helped to make that possible, and I hope you’ll remember that the next time you come to Breckenridge and experience the treasures we all delight in.