These 13 Women Are Among The Game Changers Of The Travel Industry, by Michael Alpiner
Some say, “It’s a man’s world,” but the fact is we all live on Mother Earth. Modes of transportation are typically referred to in the feminine form, as in “She’s a sturdy ship.” Moreover, there is no denying that the scales of justice and the torch of liberty are both held aloft by females, and as the former commercial warns, “You can’t fool Mother Nature.”
Over the last few years, women have answered the call to make themselves heard louder than ever. From Malala’s resistance to fear to Emma Rodriguez’ justified rage to Greta Thunberg’s defense of the delicate balance, women are sticking their foot in the door and forcing it open.
Leyla Marchetto, partner with Navy Beach Hospitality, has been entertaining stars from the time she was a small girl in New York City’s West Village, where she was often found roller skating through the neighborhood’s legendary Italian restaurant, Da Silvano (owned by her father, Silvano Marchetto). After earning a degree in Psychology and French from Georgetown, her early career wound in-and-out of hospitality and design.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to dip her toes a little deeper into Hollywood via Jeffrey Best Events, working with him at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance, but returned to New York shortly thereafter where she met her husband, Frankin, their business partners Frank and Kristina Davis, and opened Navy Beach Montauk together in 2010. Leyla has played a critical role in the Navy Beach brand’s expansion to the Caribbean with Navy Beach St. Thomas opening December 2019 and Navy Beach St. Maarten opening February 2020. She currently splits her time mostly between Montauk and St. Maarten with Franklin, their 5-year-old son Caelan, and Boston Terrier, Mochi.
Insider Tip: Just opened in December 2019, Navy Beach St. Thomas will add $1 to each dining check for the entire month of March in support of the Family Resource Center in St. Thomas (formerly the Women’s Resource Center).