Salvatore Di Leva

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An authentic 5 generation local Sorrentine, born and raised within the sound of  the rocking waves of Marina Piccola, Salvatore Di Leva has been a seaman all his life,  with a career from ship’s boy to Captain.I

in 1975 he boarded the “Achille Lauro” for the first time as a ship’s officer and continued his career on D’Amico cargo ships until 1978, when he became the youngest title holder in the business. Today, he is the chairman of GESCAB s.r.l. and promoter of many important initiatives for tourism and pleasure boating businesses.

His tireless enthusiasm and love for his family have contributed to make him worthy of the “Sorrento nel Mondo” (Sorrento in the World) Award in 2012.

When did the switch from Captain to Businessman happen?

I initially sailed for the family business but I was then recalled home and started, along with my family, a new era with GRU.SO.N. (Sorrentine Navigation Group) until we created in the ‘90s what today is called Alilauro GRU.SO.N., which became the largest company in the Bay of Naples.

During the course of time we also carried out other side activities such as catering, travel agency, a metro of the sea project and the management of large yachts.

Finally last year, after sixty years, all the companies working in Sorrento’s port have joined together to form a union of which I am the chairman. The union has dealt with the entire cruise business, with a focus on Health and Safety thanks to “Cuore amico”, a project that offers land and sea services for everybody’s safety.

What about impact on the environment issues?

I’m also chairman of Marintecnica, a company with a solid organization (possible thanks to a 10 million euro investment), which is able to build any type of craft and specifically we are going to be the first in Italy to produce hydro gas engines.  Shortly we will launch them.

This is an industry which still gives a lot of satisfaction and offers working opportunities even during these recent tough times

Yes, directly or indirectly, I manage approximately 700 families in a very difficult moment, but I’m there in the front line thanks to the support and enthusiasm of my partners and their families.  Family comes first, a leader is a leader if he’s coherent in his actions and if there is a historical background. I have a beautiful family, my wife Rosaria, my daughter Carla, my brothers, sisters, all my grandchildren…

Seamen are usually very religious, what’s your relationship with Faith?

Without Faith, without Someone watching us from above, everything would be a lot more difficult. I do also rely on  the loved ones who have passed away but have been my role models: I think of my parents, my mother, otherwise life would have no reason