Visalus’ Peter Bunting Talks About Mentorship
In 2005 Vi 2-Star Ambassador Peter Bunting was at the wrong place at the right time.
Wrong place because bankruptcy was looming over his shoulder, and right time because Vi was taking its first steps as a company.
“I was coaching soccer in San Diego,” Peter says. “I would take any job so I could make some money and still have time to train and play.”
But reality set in. “I had a lot of credit card debt and was three months away from filing for bankruptcy,” he says. Peter needed to act fast to get back on his feet, and Vi was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“I had never seen anything like Vi. I was an elite-level athlete and knew what it took to be successful,” he says.
But achieving his goals required strategy, discipline and sacrifices. “I wouldn’t be successful Challenging others without my soccer experience. It was training for Vi.”
It Started with Mentorship
“I tried going back into the corporate world, but I knew that I would reach a ceiling and somebody else was going to benefit more than me,” he says. “And I didn’t want that.”
Peter’s good friend mentioned The Challenge and put him in touch with Vi Co-Founder and Global Ambassador Nick Sarnicola. They met for coffee and spoke for hours.
Vi’s mission of Life, Health and Prosperity inspired him to challenge people and continue developing himself as a leader. He even went the extra mile and sought mentorship from Vi Co-Founder and CEO Ryan Blair and Vi Co-Founder and CMO Blake Mallen.
“I met with Ryan and Blake in Los Angeles, and later did a Success Training with Nick. Within a span of seven days from accepting The Challenge, the three became my mentors,” Peter says.
After years of training and working out, Peter had started slacking off. He needed to get fit again.
“My health rebounded quickly,” he says. “And I wanted to help others make healthier decisions, too.”
After losing his mother, he felt the need to reach out and help people.
“When she passed away, I realized how much she meant to me. She was always there to help me and to push me,” Peter says. “Accepting The Challenge was in her honor.”
Nowadays Peter is happily married to Hyacinth Wells-Bunting, a 2013 Vi Model Finalist. They both promote The Challenge as a team and attend every Vi event with their two girls—who by the way play soccer at the top level in their respective age groups.
“Because of dedication and commitment I can provide a home for my family and be there for my daughters,” he says. “There’s no way that I would’ve been able to accomplish all this without a residual income.”
His belief in Vi products never wavered. “Promoting our Challenge Kits and product line is an absolute no-brainer for me,” he says. “I’ve had phenomenal results with the Vi-pak.”
An even bigger victory was being Challenge Family Finalists at NST Atlanta in 2013. It was an experience that motivated him even more to set a good example of nutrition and proper rest for his family.
Recently, one of his daughters was even presented with the Healthiest Kid Award in 4th grade! It’s an example of how Peter and Hyacinth are leading by example.
“To be able to do this as a family is my new motivation.” – Peter Bunting