How this Army vet who served in Iraq became a Fit Body Boot Camp Fitness Franchise Owner
Jodi Rund has always wanted fitness, nutrition and education and learning– however it’s her military experience that gave her and also her husband the ideal foundation to run their very 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, and also her partner Thad stay in West Palm Beach, Fla., and also very own three Fit Body Boot Camp franchises in the state.
They transferred to Florida from Costa Rica, where they had lived since Rund finished her service in the Army National Guard, which lasted from 2001 to 2006.
Rund spent 15 months in Iraq as a device artilleryman and also a Combat Lifesaver and also throughout her solution, her system suffered 39 casualties– consisting of Rund’s finest close friend.
“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 additionally during that time that obtained Rund started considering 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 said that she and also Thad had actually visited Costa Rica and fell for it, so Rund got a work mentor at a local secondary school and working as a physical fitness train at the Four Seasons Resort in the area.
Rund as well as her partner at some point established an additional institution– where Rund started a ladies’ basketball group– in addition to a church, where she used her level in faith from Chicago University to assist teens.
“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 home in Costa Rica, now they’re staying in West Palm Beach also.
Within their first year there, Rund heard concerning Bedros Keuilian’s Fit Body Boot Camp franchise and made a decision 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.”
Now they have workshops in Palm Beach, Fla., North Palm Beach, Fla., and also Delray Beach, Fla., where Rund said she still utilizes her armed forces experience to aid her run the company, specifically to develop a sort of “brotherhood” amongst 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.”