As all Greeks around the world and especially in the United States of America have striven for generations with unwavering dynamism, enthusiasm and persistence for a better future, with her long record of publications and communication skills she has demonstrated great interest in supporting and establishing bridges to the Greek Diaspora and Greece.
The great values and ideas of Hellenism, as well as her passion to create and present high quality results, always guide her to promote culture, architecture, art, gastronomy, science and business organizations. Her entire life has been dedicated to the world of publishing and communications.
Born in Corfu, an island in Greece. She is an experienced journalist with a demonstrated background in the computer software industry. Specializing in Journalism, Online News, Newspapers and Social Media.
In 2012 she completed her undergraduate studies in Communication and Mass Media at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens where following on in 2016 attended a Master’s degree focused in New Media Journalism. Her career started in 2010 where she began working for the Greek newspaper Proto Thema. In 2016 she moved on to Ethnos newspaper as a police reporter, where she remained up until 2019. Since 2018 she has been working as a police reporter for the OPEN TV Chanel where she also works as a news broadcaster. In addition to her native language, Greek, she is also fluent in English, German and Italian.
Βorn on January 1, 1964 in Piraeus, Greece. He is a director and actor, known for Asynitheis ypoptoi (1996), The Nanny (2003) and Patra-Venetia (2002).
Founder at vassilisdesign, a dynamic creative studio based in Greece with activities and projects specialising in tourism, fashion, wine and others. Complete projects within or under specified budgets without compromising design or quality. Ensure work progress as per project schedule and control any deviations. Promote project plan to clients, providing feedback. Responsible for corporations financial, marketing, and all operational functions, including Print Production, Web SEO, Modeling, Casting, Photographers, Stylists.
Eva Metis Koutoumanou
Eva is passionate about three things; words, travels and the sea. The words, she devoured them from the books as a kid and later put them on paper until the completion of her master’s degree with Merit in International Journalism at the University of Westminster, a top English University. Her passion for words and travels guided her to a successful career as a travel chief editor in Greece until she returned to London, for more than twelve years, working in magazines and for multinational companies where she organized successful forums all over the world, from Amsterdam and Prague to Sao Paolo and Singapore. Her love for the sea inspired her to learn sailing. Recently, she returned to Greece founding Sosy Ladies, a company organizing sailing events that aim to help women, mainly, to regain their self-confidence and their inner strength. She adores Greece because it combines her three big passions through the wealth of the Greek language, the amazing landscapes and islands that offer countless opportunities for travelling and of course the seas that she wouldn’t trade for any other sea in the world.
From an early age, Nicos was focused on composing and writing musical works and records. He began his musical studies at the Aeolian Faculty, practicing classical and jazz piano alongside the saxophone with the esteemed professor Markos Alexios. As early as 13 years old, Nicos was already working in professional music studios programming electronic music, such as the recording of the soundtrack “Oh Babylon:” (1989) by Kostas Ferri. Alongside his early musical success, Nicos was simultaneously studying cinema in the faculty of Cinema Papantonopoyloy.
His major breakthroughs came at 19 years old with the discovery of Greece’s biggest pop star, Sakis Rouvas and composing, producing and recording his first single which went on to win first place at Greece’s only music competition (Festival Thessalonica). In 1994, he reinvented and modernized Greek Folk Music and alongside singer Giorgos Mazonakis achieved 2 top albums and 11 top singles.
Edward Kostakis is the co-founder and Head of Aerial Operations at Xizmo Media. Edward has logged thousands of hours on set piloting for live television broadcasts, feature films, commercials and music videos. He has spent over a decade developing custom equipment used on sets both domestically and internationally. Edward specializes in close proximity flying for highly complicated aerial shots and thrives in high pressure, high stress, deadline driven environments. His work has been featured in publications like the New York Times, Popular Mechanics and Jalopnik. Edward’s background includes serving in the US Marine Corps for eight years as an Air Intelligence Officer for a helicopter squadron, teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Drone Cinematography at Adelphi University, and currently Senior Pilot for DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial and consumer drones. Also he is a member of Manhattan-based AHEPA Delphi Chapter # 25.
Angie Xidias realized her passion for growing businesses at an early age, while working alongside her father, a Greek immigrant, in his small leather goods shoe repair shop Leather Tech in New York City.
She began her career by joining The Swatch Group, an International luxury goods and jewelry company as seasonal help for the Swatch brand while studying Classical Civilizations and Hellenic Studies at New York University.
In her 12 year career at Swatch, she rose through the ranks to become Key Account Manager, responsible for sales with the independent and department stores in the wholesale division in the US Market.
After leaving Swatch, Angie founded City View Pharmacy in Astoria with her husband and business partner Harry Xidias. Together they grew City View Pharmacy to be a leader in specialty pharmacy care in NYC, offering unique services and expertise in HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, infertility, oncology and rheumatoid arthritis. Their competitors took notice and in 2017, they merged City View Pharmacy with international not-for-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
With over 20 years experience in Sales and Marketing and the expertise to help businesses, individuals and organizations grow their brands, and also help companies who are looking to position themselves for acquisition, Angie started her own strategic marketing agency, One Bean Marketing.
In March 2021, in the run-up to the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence, One Bean Marketing launched the highly successful #WeAreGreece global social media campaign promoting awareness and celebrating the Greek Bicentennial. onebeanmarketing.com
She is excited to be working with the Sail to Freedom team and to be a part of this historic special event.
Clelia Charissis was born in Italy and grew up in Thessaloniki. She studied Economics in Italy and Special Physical Education at the university of Thessaloniki. She became TV presenter on the Greek National Television ERT(APOSTOLI 2007, THES TH NIKH 2013, CYCLIST OF THE WORLD 2016) and then she continued as CEO of Palmos 96.5 and Channel 9 of ALPHA TV. She has written articles for important news papers such as ‘’Paraskhinio’’ and ‘’Eleftherotypia’’. She has coordinated and presented important conferences and events. She was the ‘’Ambassador’’ in the Greek campaign ‘’ KINHSH MAST’’
against the cancer of Breast (2016-2017) and of the Greek campaign “ LET’S PAP” against cervical cancer( HeCPA). She is ambassador of the Greek campaign correlated to the “epanapatrism of Aphrodite of Venus”. She is Director of Public Relations of the Greek Tennis Federation, journalist of hellenicdailynewsny, and general director of literature and arts of UNESCO of Peiraeus and Islands and of INTERNATIONAL ACTION ART. She is a recognized poet , member of the Hellenic Authors Society and of the Panhellenic Union of Writers.
Marigo Sofia Mihalos graduated from Fordham University, Lincoln Center with a double major. After spending three years as a freelance publicist while being a full-time college student, she launched her own boutique public relations firm in her early 20s. Her firm, MSM Public Relations, focused on clients in the fashion, entertainment and lifestyle sectors, and secured press in major outlets.
Never content to settle for one type of success, Marigo landed a job as a celebrity talent booker for a number of daytime TV shows including The Wendy Williams Show, Bethenny, and The Meredith Vieira Show. She has also consulted on projects for Lionsgate’s Television Division.
Marigo pivoted again, into the world of radio, as senior director of talent and entertainment relations for SIRIUSXM, booking film and television stars for all talk and entertainment channels.
Some of her biggest bookings include: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling, Dolly Parton, Natalie Portman, Tyler Perry, Jane Fonda, Christina Aguilera, Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy, Demi Lovato and more.
Marigo has been recognized by the Greek America Foundation and was named 2018’s 40 Under 40! Greek American Foundation – Class of 2018. As of January 1st 2019, Marigo became a board member of the Hellenic Professional Women’s Association.
Marigo splits her time on both coasts and dedicates herself to creating lasting relationships. Her traditional Greek values have shaped who she is and where she’s going. She fights every day to be different and to be better; she also fights for other people’s dreams, mentoring Greek young adults, pushing them to follow their dreams and never give up.
Spiridoula Irida Spanea
Βorn in Itilο, Mani in the Peloponese. She started her writing carreer when she was thirteen by reporting in the local press and also covering local news to newspapers of national circulation. On graduation from highschool she moved to Athens to study journalism and mass communication. Almost immediately she started getting involved in the Piraeus – Shipping reporting, at first in the “Logos”, later in the “Vradyni” and eventually in the “Acropolis: newspapers. At the same time she was working in the “Alli Mera” (Another Day) program of the National Television Network.
Her love for sports pushed her towards Athletic Reporting. Starting in 1999 and continuing until now she is working at the “Kathimerini” newspaper where her main subject is the Olympic Athletics. Until 2002 she was working in parallel at the “Eutosport” and “Alpha Digital” television stations. At the 2004 Athens Olympic and Parolympic Games she was in charge of the Weightlifting Information Center. Since then she has been working as Press Manager for most of the internatriinal athletic happenings that take place in Greece.
Her research projects were noted even in the Greek Parliament. Her interviews include the top names of athletics like Michael Schumacher, Usain Bolt, Jaques Rogge and others. In January 2020 she was rewarded the highest prize of the Botsi Foundation for her research on illegal substances used in athletics. It was presented to her by the President of the Greek Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. She is still participanting in the European Erasmus Program at the Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki, where she is working on the problem of illegal substances in cooperation with top Greek scientists.
Is A Business News Anchor for 20 years spending much of that time on Wall Street, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with some of the worlds most influential people. She’s covered Dow 10k, the Dot-Com Bubble, the housing crisis, the Bull market run and navigated the volatile markets through the pandemic. Nicole Petallides anchors “The Watch List” and “Market Overtime “ Two daily live broadcasts from the NASDAQ marketsite in NYC where she interviews CEOs, portfolio managers , analysts in Business For The TD AMERITRADE NETWORK. Nicole Petallides Anchored on FOX BUSINESS and FOX NEWS CHANNEL For over 10 years. Prior to TD Ameritrade Network and FOX NEWS Ms Petallides had an exciting career at Dow Jones, CNBC, Bloomberg News, NY 1 , NEWS 12 . FOX5, WPIX11 and CNN. You may also recognize Nicole Petallides , Co-anchor of the GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE TV Broadcast on My9 Live from 5th Ave with Ernie Anastos and Nick Gregory for 8 years. Ms Petallides is the recipient of many awards including the HANAC award, and the Leadership 100 Award. She is a regular supporter of the Greek community & most recently was MC of the annual AHEPA event at the The Boat House in Central Park, and the PanCyprian Women’s WIN annual event at the Hilton. She’s appeared in Forbes, Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Maxim & Life&Style. Nicole Petallides lives in NYC with her Husband Dr Nick Tsiolas a Manhattan Prosthodontist, and their two teenage sons Eric and Michael Tsiolas.