How this Army vet who served in Iraq became a Fit Body Boot Camp Gym Franchise Owner
Jodi Rund has actually always been interested in nourishment, physical fitness and education– however it’s her military experience that gave her as well as her spouse the ideal structure 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, as well as her husband Thad reside in West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as own 3 Fit Body Boot Camp franchise business in the state.
They transferred to Florida from Costa Rica, where they had actually lived considering that Rund finished her solution in the Army National Guard, which lasted from 2001 to 2006.
Rund invested 15 months in Iraq as a device artilleryman as well as a Combat Lifesaver as well as over the training course of her service, her unit suffered 39 casualties– consisting of Rund’s best good 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 likewise during that time that got Rund started thinking of what a great 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 gone to Costa Rica as well as loved it, so Rund obtained a job training at a local high college and also functioning as a health and fitness train at the Four Seasons Resort in the area.
Rund as well as her hubby eventually established another school– where Rund began a ladies’ basketball team– in addition to a church, where she utilized her level in theology from Chicago University to help 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.”
Nevertheless, she as well as Thad had to return in 2015. They still have their residence in Costa Rica, but now they’re staying in West Palm Beach as well.
Within their first year there, Rund found out about Bedros Keuilian’s Fit Body Boot Camp franchise as well as 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.”
Currently they have studios in Palm Beach, Fla., North Palm Beach, Fla., and also Delray Beach, Fla., where Rund said she still uses her army experience to aid her run the organisation, especially to create a kind of “league” among her staff.
“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.”