Mia Kyricos


Having personally recommitted to my own health, I went to visit Mary Tabacchi who was teaching the one spa course that Cornell offered at the time... and became her graduate assistant.
I grew up in a resort town with hospitality in my blood and while I loved hospitality, I wanted real world business experience and to travel.

President and Founder, Kyricos & Associates, LLC

Efthemia Sotiriadis Kyricos O'Hara is the President and Founder of Kyricos & Associates, but you can call her Mia. This resident of York, Maine is an excellent pie baker, can juggle and married her high school sweetheart. She allows herself to occasionally splurge on dark chocolate and loves watching The Voice, particularly because the contestants are being judged by their talents, not by their looks. 

“I grew up in a resort town with hospitality in my blood. After working various restaurant and hotel jobs I earned my degree in International Relations from Wheaton College and realized that while I loved hospitality, I wanted some real world business experience and the opportunity to travel. So I joined the marketing and PR department of a dot.com before eventually circling back to the world of hospitality.

Five years later, I was accepted to the Hotel School at Cornell University where I earned my Masters in Hospitality Administration. Within two weeks of being on campus, September 11th happened and it occurred to me that the eighty thousand dollars I borrowed to pay for this "MBA of service" could be a completely sunk cost by the time I graduated. After my first semester, it became clear that the one part of the industry that stagnated and seemingly began to resurge sooner than hotels or airlines, etc., was this thing called 'spa.' Having personally recommitted to my own health, I went to visit Mary Tabacchi who was teaching the one spa course that Cornell offered at the time...and became her graduate assistant.

Working as Mary’s graduate assistant opened the door to a deep network of pioneers in the spa and wellness space, and also provided me with a historical foundation that I needed to better understand the industry.  Even though I had a great deal of experience in the hospitality world, spa was the one segment I had not worked in, and she helped to change that.  In a nutshell, Mary opened the door to the spa world for me, and then I was able to step through during a time when there were just a handful of us willing to do so.  Fifteen years later, I remain grateful.”


Having personally recommitted to my own health, I went to visit Mary Tabacchi who was teaching the one spa course that Cornell offered at the time... and became her graduate assistant.