Crystal McGowan – Raymond James

Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.

After 14 years of customer service and marketing, Crystal decided to pivot the course of my career life by attending The Iron Yard in downtown St. Pete. Under the leadership and guidance of Toni, Jason, Mark, and Gavin, she was able to embrace a front end developer opportunity at a killer start-up in Tampa. After 4 months, Crystal moved onto Raymond James where she now maintains and manages over 4,000 advisor websites.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

While she thoroughly enjoys being near/around water, the community is what Crystal loves about the Bay area. Coming from Lakeland, she didn’t believe that a metro area as big as Tampa/St. Pete could give you the “small town” vibe, but it absolutely delivers just that. The camaraderie of the bay, and especially the tech community, is unmatched from anywhere else I’ve resided.

What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?

Crystal husband, Nick, currently live the “keto” lifestyle, so one thing they currently enjoy is finding new recipes and cooking them together. Their rescue beagles, Arya and Sansa (Yes, that’s a GoT reference), tend to stick close by to grab anything remotely edible that they drop.  She also enjoys attending different meet up groups in the area and reading personal development books!

How do you give your time back in the community?

Crystal is a current volunteer for Suncoast Developers Guild Jr. program, which is a recurring 4-week coding course for ages 8-12. This ranges from using to build projects as well as introductory courses on HTML/CSS. She has also been involved in Habitat for Humanity builds, the Kind Mouse food drive, Ignite Tampa Bay, and BarCamp.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

Crystal assisted Suncoast Developer’s Guild in building their Student Application before launch of their first cohort, which she considers to be her most noteworthy technology project.  She believes that their organization and people are the reason that her life and current state of happiness is leaps and bounds what it used to be. She is very grateful that they allow their alumni to give back in the ways they can.


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