Monday, October 12th, 2015
The Summit Foundation remembers Rob Millisor
An 11-Year Trustee of The Summit Foundation
Rob Millisor, co-founder of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, passed away in Nepal on Oct. 9, 2015, while performing humanitarian work with Doctors to the World.
The 51-year-old philanthropist was hiking in idyllic weather when he felt ill, laid down to rest and then passed away. Rob was traveling with Dr. C. Louis Perrinjaquet, a Breckenridge resident who operates Doctors to the World. Rob served on the board of Doctors to the World.
Lured to Breckenridge in 1986 by his brother Mike Millisor, Rob abandoned plans of becoming a secondary school teacher and football coach when he became involved with running the pair’s first timeshare property, Gold Point. With business partner Mike Dudick, their company, Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), has evolved to employ nearly 500 community members through the development of Grand Timber Lodge, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and Grand Colorado on Peak 8, which is currently under construction.
A key member of The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees since 2005, Rob was a passionate and inspiring community leader. In chairing The Foundation’s development committee for the past seven years, Rob led several successful campaigns to sell out the patron pass program, which now earns over $1 million annually to benefit the community, and to raise $500,000 in endowment funds in honor of The Foundation’s 25th anniversary. His high regard and influence brought participation from across the country to The Summit Foundation’s annual golf tournament. Like the pass program, the golf tournament sold out every year under Rob’s leadership.
“Rob was one of the most generous and genuine people, and he was always thinking about what was best for our community,” said Mike Schilling, President of The Summit Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Rob was a strategic philanthropist, and he always had ideas to leverage and increase donations.”
In May 2015, BGV donated $1 million to their donor advised fund at The Summit Foundation to insure long-term support for the community despite potential market fluctuations.
In November, BGV was honored by National Philanthropy Day in Colorado as the Outstanding Large Business. The award recognized the considerable contributions by the company to the Summit County community and its exemplary leadership as an employer. BGV was nominated for this statewide award by The Summit Foundation, FIRC and Summit Community Care Clinic.
Also this year, Rob helped to launch and fund the Global Giving Fund, a designated fund at The Summit Foundation, which will support Summit County residents who are volunteering internationally.
At the time of his passing, Rob was a Trustee with Children’s Hospital Colorado, where he and his wife Amy had earlier this year endowed a chair for pediatric health. The Jack Cooper Millisor Endowed Chair in Pediatric Heart Disease was named in honor of their first-born son, Jack Cooper, who passed away as an infant in 2002 after 10 weeks of treatment at Children’s for a heart condition.
Rob’s community leadership included service as board chairman of Breckenridge Resort Chamber and with Breckenridge Town Council from 2004 to 2010.
During his tenure on Town Council, he served on the original Sustainability Committee where he led many conversations to reduce our community’s carbon footprint. In addition, he was instrumental in the creation of a tuition assistance program for work force parents to attain quality childcare. Rob was also a key decision-maker in the Town’s development of Valley Brook, an affordable housing neighborhood.
“This loss will be felt personally and professionally for years to come,” said Jeanne Bistranin, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation. “Rob truly cared, and he was an integral part of our work in the community. On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the staff of The Summit Foundation, our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Rob’s family, his countless friends, the Breckenridge Grand Vacations family, our entire community and beyond. We grieve with you.”
The Summit Foundation has been honored to be one of the beneficiaries of memorial gifts in Rob’s name. In the days that followed Rob’s sudden passing, Vail Resorts made one of the first memorial gifts, a $10,000 contribution to The Summit Foundation.
“The senior team here at Breck is shocked and profoundly saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Rob Millisor,” John Buhler, VP and COO of Breckenridge Ski Resort said. “Rob’s philanthropic impact alone has been unequaled locally, both through the generous charitable giving by Breckenridge Grand Vacations and his local service with The Summit Foundation. Millisor demonstrated a commitment to this community both in words and actions, including his years of leadership on Breckenridge Town Council.”
Rob set an example of true philanthropy for everyone. His enduring legacy is one of generosity to others. May we all strive to live up to Rob’s exemplary spirit of service that prioritized giving back to his community.
Rob is survived by his wife, Amy, and their children, Claire (10) and Grady (8).