How this Army vet who served in Iraq became a Fit Body Boot Camp Gym Franchisee
Jodi Rund has always had an interest in health and fitness, nutrition and also education and learning-- however it's her army experience that gave her as well as her spouse the right foundation to run their very 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 partner Thad reside in West Palm Beach, Fla., and also very own three Fit Body Boot Camp franchise business in the state.
They transferred to Florida from Costa Rica, where they had lived given that Rund finished her service in the Army National Guard, which lasted from 2001 to 2006.
Rund invested 15 months in Iraq as a machine artilleryman and also a Combat Lifesaver and throughout her service, her device endured 39 casualties-- including Rund's 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."
However, it was also during that time that got Rund started 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 dropped in love with it, so Rund obtained a task mentor at a neighborhood high school and functioning as a physical fitness coach at the Four Seasons Resort in the area.
Rund and her spouse at some point started an additional school-- where Rund started a girls' basketball group-- in addition to a church, where she used her level in theology 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 as well as Thad had to relocate back in 2015. They still have their residence in Costa Rica, and now they're staying in West Palm Beach also.
Within their first year there, Rund found out about Bedros Keuilian's Fit Body Boot Camp franchise as well as made a decision 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."
Now they have studios in Palm Beach, Fla., North Palm Beach, Fla., and also Delray Beach, Fla., where Rund stated she still uses her military experience to assist her run the business, especially to create a type of "league" 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."