Greek American developer Vasilios Priskos who helped shape the development of downtown Salt Lake City through his extensive real estate holdings, died Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 53.
Not only a successful businessman, Priskos was a force of good for the Greek community in the US and actively participated in numerous Greek-American and other philanthropic organizations.
Priskos came to the United States in 1966, two years after being born in Evia, Greece, to Chris and Tula Prazikos Priskos. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance.
The family settled in Salt Lake City and opened the Royal Eatery restaurant in a building on the corner of 400 South and Main Street, that Priskos and his brother, Deno, later bought.
He became the founder and principal broker of InterNet Properties Inc., which he established in 1994. He was the exclusive broker for One/Main Plaza on the southeast corner of 100 South and Main Street in Salt Lake City. This redevelopment project has nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail space.
Priskos was involved in numerous committees including the Downtown Alliance, former board member of The Children’s Museum, served on the Board of Realtors Grievance Committee, the 2002 Winter Olympics committees, and the Westminster College Foundation Board.
Salt Lake Tribune says that government and business leaders praised Priskos as word of his passing spread Monday.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski called him a “partner and patron. … His work helped change the face of our city and his passion for culture brought us together each year through the Greek Festival, which he helped shepherd.”
Added Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams: “His steadfast commitment to a vibrant, successful downtown Salt Lake City made our community better.”
Priskos is survived by his widow, Shauna Bamberger Priskos, and sons Christian, Nico, Alexander and Aristotle.