One Secret To Success Is FAMES

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - February 06, 2008
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Joni Redick-Yundt is the quintessential multitasker
Joni Redick-Yundt is the quintessential multitasker

Joni Redick-Yundt is often doing more than one thing at a time. For instance, she’s promoting the Filipino American Multi Ethnic Society, which she created to help other businesses and to develop leaders in the community.

“I just want to help people,” says Redick-Yundt. “You don’t have to be Filipino to join.”

The Filipino American Multi Ethnic Society, affectionately called FAMES, secures speakers who can tell their stories of overcoming challenges and provide juicy details about their secrets of success to educate and inspire other business owners. Past speakers since the organization’s inception in 2006 include Glenn Furuya of Leadership Works, Ken Simon of Menehune Water, and Emme Tomimbang of EMME Inc.

“At our monthly meetings, we also have table sponsors, where businesses can buy a table and set up their brochures to talk to people before the program starts,” explains Redick-Yundt, an Aiea High School graduate who grew up in the Philippines.

The entrepreneur is the owner of Joni’s Limousine Services, which she started the same year as FAMES. She also is a financial specialist with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, a Mary Kay independent sales representative and an associate for Max International. The Mililani resident does a simulcast radio and television show called Million Dollar Mondays, which airs on K-108 and OC16. Last year, she released a book, Million Dollar Attitude, which tells the story of her life and reveals the answer to the question she’s often asked: How do you do it all? She also has been giving presentations and motivational speeches.

Abeauty pagent winner with the titles of Mrs. Hawaii United States 2002 and Mrs. Honolulu International 2001, Redick-Yundt credits her success to the support of her husband, Tom C. Yundt Sr., and her children Jason, 22, and Jessica, 16.

At the next FAMES meeting, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Dave and Buster’s, the featured speaker is Wally Amos, the owner of Chip and Cookie in Kailua. Amos previously owned Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies.

FAMES meets the first Wednesday of each month. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP required. Call 781-5905 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information, log onto

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