How this Army vet who served in Iraq became a Fit Body Boot Camp Fitness Franchise Owner
Jodi Rund has actually constantly had an interest in education, nourishment and also physical fitness-- however it's her armed forces experience that provided her and her other half the ideal foundation to run their own business.
"The military really does give us an advantage," Rund told FOX Business. "It does give you a set of skills that you can easily apply to a business."
Rund, 40, as well as her spouse Thad reside in West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as own 3 Fit Body Boot Camp franchises in the state.
They moved to Florida from Costa Rica, where they had actually lived because Rund finished her solution in the Army National Guard, which lasted from 2001 to 2006.
Rund invested 15 months in Iraq as a machine gunner and also a Combat Lifesaver and also throughout her service, her device suffered 39 casualties-- including Rund's buddy.
"She was a bridesmaid in our wedding," Rund said. "She had a six-year-old daughter, so there was lots to deal with, lots of tragedy and hardship."
Nonetheless, it was likewise during that time that got Rund began considering what a good education and learning can do.
"I just realized that these people, it wasn't that they were evil, it was that they lacked a lot of education," she said. "So when I got back, I ended up pursuing my Master's in global studies and education. And that's kind of what spurred my husband and I to get out of the country."
She said that she as well as Thad had actually gone to Costa Rica and also loved it, so Rund obtained a task training at a regional secondary school and functioning as a fitness coach at the Four Seasons Resort in the location.
Rund and her other half ultimately established an additional college-- where Rund began a ladies' basketball team-- as well as a church, where she used her degree in faith from Chicago University to help young adults.
"We did a lot of counseling, a lot of helping. Which in retrospect, helped me, just being able to help somebody else," Rund said. "It was, I think, an easier transition for me. But I wasn't in the United States. I was in Costa Rica, which was kind of an adventure."
"I think me escaping the United States really helped," she added. "I didn't get to hear about all of the political drama and what's going on in the United States. I got to focus more on a different country, different culture, different humanity out there that we could really dive into."
Nevertheless, she as well as Thad needed to return in 2015. They still have their home in Costa Rica, today they're residing in West Palm Beach too.
Within their very first year there, Rund read about Bedros Keuilian's Fit Body Boot Camp franchise and also determined to enter.
"Thad and I weren't strangers to risk and companies and starting our own businesses, so we just said, let's do it," Rund said. "We looked into it and we ended up buying into this franchise and opening our first location in 2016 in May."
Currently they have studios in Palm Beach, Fla., North Palm Beach, Fla., and also Delray Beach, Fla., where Rund said she still uses her military experience to aid her run business, especially to develop a sort of "brotherhood" among her personnel.
"We structure our businesses kind of in a similar military fashion where we do want [employees] to own our mission, to understand our vision and where we're going and [we] really explain the whys of everything that we do," Rund said.
"We want them to take ownership of every decision they make and let them know that it's okay to fail as long as you tried and course-corrected," she added. "Having them take a lot of ownership and buy-in has really helped create a team/family aspect."