Meet the Connecting Greeks Team
Connecting Greeks is a light-hearted streaming, video, and podcast show meant to unite and connect Greeks from all around the world. We love our Hellenic culture and we use that as the basis to entertain, unite, enhance, and promote both the culture and its' people. We are made up of three friends:
Angelo has appeared on hit TV shows such as “Mad Men”, “Sullivan and Son”, and “Blue Mountain State”. He headlines worldwide and has been touring with Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show”. Most recently he just finished filming his latest one-hour comedy special to a sold out audience in Athens, Greece and he also appeared at this years Just For Laughs Festival. Funny and approachable, this native Canadian currently lives in Los Angeles.
Ari Kalos has been working professionally in the internet and digital media arena for over 20 years. Starting out as the webmaster for a financial institution, he was the youngest recipient of a Technocrat Award in the history of the prestigious publication Banker & Tradesmen. It was during this time that he started his own Greek social media web startup which, over 10 years, was funded in 2010 and then sold in 2012.
Ari then moved on to EF Education and developed educational travel websites for EF – the largest educational travel company in the world. He next moved on to a $100 million internet entertainment startup iCast.com, which was an entertainment company dealing with music and movies. iCast was one of the first companies to develop social media applications and offer social media services. Ari was a producer for the music channel and he dealt with developing services for artists and their record labels.
Next, Ari worked as an interactive project manager for RDVO, Inc., a multi award winning interactive agency that includes clients such as Microsoft, Gillette, the Boston Red Sox, and many Fortune 500 companies. And his last corporate position was the Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Manager for global staffing agency Aquent, LLC located in Boston’s Back Bay.
Fotios “Frank” Stamos’ heritage and career in sales, marketing, and hospitality are the foundation for his chosen path and career in the wine industry.
After graduating from Boston College in 1997, Frank worked as a public relations and event director for a Chicago-based magazine. He then accepted a sales position with a major wine importing company devoted to marketing and developing wines from Greece, beginning a decade in the wine industry as beverage manager of Legal Sea Foods, the nation’s largest privately owned restaurant group, and as a brand representative for Stellar Imports, importer of fine Greek wines.
In 2003, Stamos was named general manager and beverage director for Boston’s premier Greek restaurant, Meze Estiatorio in Charlestown, MA. There, he achieved national acclaim for developing the country’s first and only all-Greek wine list, which was lauded in Wine Spectator, Ritz-Carlton magazine, and numerous Boston-based magazines.
In 2014, Stamos put his wine passion into his first wine shop in North Andover, MA, called The Cork Stop. The wine boutique features a stock that is personally curated by Stamos and offers private wine tastings at people’s homes with the vintners themselves, whenever possible. He also offers educational wine seminars on and off site.
In addition, Stamos is a partner of AtTheGreekTable, which is a joint venture with culinary expert and Chef Paul Delios, and is devoted to preserving and promoting Greece’s food and wine culture while introducing food enthusiasts to contemporary Greek recipes. Frank is also a published author for his wine pairings in the AtTheGreekTable cookbook.