How this Army vet who served in Iraq became a Fit Body Boot Camp Gym Franchise Owner
Jodi Rund has actually constantly wanted education and learning, physical fitness as well as nutrition-- yet it's her army experience that provided her and also her hubby the ideal foundation to run their own company.
"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, and her other half Thad reside in West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as very own three Fit Body Boot Camp franchise business in the state.
They transferred to Florida from Costa Rica, where they had lived because Rund finished her solution in the Army National Guard, which lasted from 2001 to 2006.
Rund invested 15 months in Iraq as an equipment artilleryman and a Combat Lifesaver and also over the training course of her solution, her unit endured 39 casualties-- consisting of 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 also during that time that obtained Rund began believing about what a good education 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 claimed that she as well as Thad had seen Costa Rica as well as fell for it, so Rund got a work mentor at a local secondary school and also functioning as a fitness trainer at the Four Seasons Resort in the location.
Rund as well as her other half eventually started an additional institution-- where Rund started a women' basketball group-- along with a church, where she utilized her level in faith from Chicago University to aid teenagers.
"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."
Nonetheless, she and also Thad needed to return in 2015. They still have their house in Costa Rica, yet now they're residing in West Palm Beach too.
Within their very first year there, Rund became aware of Bedros Keuilian's Fit Body Boot Camp franchise and decided to leap in.
"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 armed forces experience to aid her run business, specifically to develop a sort of "brotherhood" amongst her team.
"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."