It’s early afternoon at the Carolina Beach market and Kyle Clossick -one of the managers for Seaview Crab Company – has recently completed an interview with a local television station regarding the weather and oyster harvesting.
“Some of the harvesting areas have been closed due to storm water runoff and they wanted to know more about that,” Clossick explains.
The role of television spokesperson is new for the soft spoken Clossick, but he steps into the new role with ease, much like the other challenges presented to him at Seaview and during his stint in the Naval Reserves.
Clossick started working for Seaview Crab Company when he was still in high school.
“A friend of mine was working here and recommended me,” he said “I didn’t think I’d be here this long, but I’m glad it worked out.”
He left the market for almost two years – to join the Reserves and to attend school – but returned in 2013.
His first position at Seaview was as a dock blaster.
“That’s pretty much how everyone starts,” he said. “It basically means you are outside cleaning anything that needs to be cleaned. You scrub coolers, shovel ice, stock product and keep everything looking good. You do whatever needs to be done.”
Doing whatever needs to be done and doing it well could be Kyle’s credo and the reason that he has progressed into management with the company.
Quiet, unassuming and polite, he works steadily and quietly to get things done around the market while providing an atmosphere of congeniality and professionalism.
“I do work in the store, but a lot of what I do is behind the scenes now,” he says. “Making sure the fish gets cut when needed, that the fishmongers have the training they need and looking for ways to make the market better.”
And when he’s not working at the market, he is still pursuing seafood.
“Greg (another part of the management team) and I recently got our shellfish license,” he says. “We plan to go clamming at least one day a week.”
One of their first trips out to get clams was during New Hanover County’s brief spat of freezing weather in mid-March.
Even with the bitterly cold temperatures, they were able to come away with a number of clams.
“We wanted to immerse ourselves more in this business,” he said. “And this was a good way to start.”
Clossick said he really enjoys his job at Seaview and looks forward to the future.
“I never thought it would be a permanent job, but it has worked out,” he said. “I like being able to learn and I appreciate our team atmosphere from the top down because everybody cares. It gives more meaning to your job.”