The Entrepreneurial Journey from “YAha!” to “Ya Mastiha”

Philo4Thought Mentoring community is pleased to be launching its first “Young Professional of the Month” Feature Article! Preliminary criteria for YPM candidates is that they are actively engaged in an entrepreneurial initiative or have made a successful career for themselves. Candidates are typically of Hellenic origin, based in New York, and part of a humanitarian or environmentally-conscious field. The goal of the monthly features is to inspire young professionals by providing positive and successful role models who have achieved success in areas our readers ultimately hope to pursue. The most important qualifications? Spirit, perseverance, and – most importantly – the compassionate heart that enables them to share their knowledge and experience.

“This month, I had the pleasure to meet with S. Nicholas Papanicolaou, Founder of Ya Mastiha Liqueur ( at Amali Restaurant ( in NYC, where we discussed his personal and professional journey to this moment in his life and career….”


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Our sincere thanks to S. Nicholas Papanicolaou for sharing his story, and to James Mallios and Amali for the wonderful ambiance and service provided during the interview.