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Krystal Clowers, Guest Services Administrative Coordinator

Krystal Clowers is known by her co-workers to be such a busy, ambitious, Type A personality, they’ve given her the nickname “Triple-A.” She hates sitting still or being bored, has a passion for public speaking, loves helping others and is always looking for the next project or big dream ahead.

She can’t help it. Her entire life has tugged her in various directions – none of which she regrets – and she craves adventures both great and small.

“I love a challenge,” Krystal said. “I like to feel like I’m fulfilling a purpose.”

Krystal has never been one to sit still, even from the start. Her mother gave birth to her in Miami before flying her back home to the Cayman Islands, giving Krystal triple citizenship in the U.S., Cayman Islands and United Kingdom. Growing up in the islands, Krystal was often at the airport where her grandfather was the CEO of Cayman Airways and she flew to Miami regularly to get school supplies and other items that weren’t available in her small Caymanian community. She enjoyed school and played on the under-17 league of the Cayman Islands national basketball team.

When she was 15, she moved Miami to finish her senior year of high school early, and by 17, she moved out on her own to live in Orlando and attend the University of Central Florida. She then moved to Tampa to finish her bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida.

After college, Krystal worked at Tampa International Airport at the West Jet ticketing and gate areas and she also worked for American Airlines as a supervisor in baggage services. Working in an airport felt natural to her, and in February of 2018 she was hired by the Aviation Authority as a Guest Services Representative.

By that time, Krystal was already a world traveler and had experienced things most people don’t experience in a lifetime. In 2015, the Sozo Children’s Choir came to her church and in between songs, the Ugandan children gave testimonies and told stories that brought Krystal to tears.

“I was so moved,” she said. “They were just so thankful and strong in their faith, yet they had so little.”

In 2016, Krystal went to Uganda. She met Daniel and Faith, a brother and sister whom she took on as a sponsor for their education, and learned about a humble culture so wildly different from the one she knew back home. She’s since been back two more times and considers the country to be her favorite among all of her travels, which include outdoor adventures in Costa Rica and seeing the Northern Lights in Alaska.

At TPA, Krystal oversees the Guest Services tour program and budgeting and she’s in charge of ordering supplies and uniforms for the team. She also manages the seven-days-a-week Volunteer Ambassador program on the days when her coworker Dortresia Johnson is off duty.

Krystal loves her job. But don’t be surprised if she’s looking to take on new tasks or skills soon, both at work and in her free time.

When she’s not working, Krystal enjoys spending time with her wife Casey, and they like doing anything outdoors – hiking, kayaking, spending time at the beach, you name it. They live in Riverview but commute often to St. Petersburg, where they used to live and still attend church, and also where Krystal is fulfilling her need to stay challenged.

On top of everything else she has taken on in the last few years, Krystal is now pursuing her MBA degree at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.