Rich Bruno: Retirement, Resilience, and Running for a Cause: The Multifaceted Life of a Leader

Mission Facilitators International
Apr 9, 2024
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In this episode, our esteemed guest Rich Bruno, a seasoned supply chain leader who ran the New York City marathon in his early fifties, shares his profound journey and the lessons he’s gleaned on becoming a well-balanced leader. Tune in to learn about Rich’s inspiring journey and gain insights on creating a fulfilling work-life balance and planning for a fulfilling retirement.


About Rich Bruno:

As a 30-year career supply chain leader and recent Johnson & Johnson retiree, Rich led numerous teams and divisions, always focusing on talent management and development. For the last ten years, he’s been fortunate enough to live out his entrepreneurial spirit and lead two of the largest Max Challenge franchise locations as a successful Franchisee. In August 2019, he became a John Maxwell certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer. In January 2020, he was honored to be appointed as First Vice President of the Old Bridge, Sayreville, and South Amboy Chamber of Commerce. The combination of Rich’s corporate experience, coupled with building successful businesses and helping to improve the lives of others through his coaching and consulting experience over the last four years, positions Rich to help C-suite executives, small business owners, leaders, and people looking to achieve work-life balance, and individuals planning their life post-retirement.

Rich’s philosophy is to give more than you get, live an intentional life of continuous improvement and total fulfillment, and embrace challenges as opportunities, not problems.


In this episode, Dean Newlund and Rich Bruno discuss:

  • Running for a Cause

Rich talks about his experience running the New York City marathon for Jar of Hope, a charity focused on battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

  • The Essence of Well-Balanced Leadership

Amidst the buzz around work-life balance and resilience, Rich and I delve into what truly constitutes a well-balanced leader—especially how to cut through fear and maintain equilibrium in both professional and personal spheres.

  • Prioritizing for Fulfillment

Rich retired at 55 to focus on family and his small business. His advice is to do what you love, adjust priorities to meet all your needs, and avoid getting trapped in a life of one-dimensional pursuits.

  • Retirement and Identity

It’s a poignant reminder that planning and self-development are keys to a successful transition.

  • Walking the Talk

In our roles as influencers and coaches, we stress the need to practice what we preach. Personal investments often reflect on our professional guidance, reinforcing the message of leading by example.

  • Energy and Self-Care

It’s about consciously making time for self-renewal to ensure the energy we give to others remains potent and pure.


“That’s what the well-balanced corporate leader is all about. The philosophy there is, that you can have a totally fulfilled life so long as you’re different, self-aware, and you shift priorities to make sure you’re addressing the things that you need for yourself.” — Rich Bruno


Connect with Rich Bruno:  

Website URL: http://www.linktr.ee/richbrunoconsulting

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rbruno420/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@richbrunoconsulting8478

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richbrunoconsulting/




See Dean’s TedTalk “Why Business Needs Intuition” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEq9IYvgV7I


Connect with Dean:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqRK8GC8jBIFYPmECUCMkw

Website: https://www.mfileadership.com/

The Mission Statement E-Newsletter: https://www.mfileadership.com/blog/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannewlund/

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissionFacilitators/

Email: dean.newlund@mfileadership.com

Phone: 1-800-926-7370



Show notes by Podcastologist: Hanz Jimuel Alvarez


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