He's usually seen at many of the major national auctions where three-dimensional advertising pieces are offered.Michael's appetite for collecting made it necessary to build a special facility to house his vast advertising collection consisting of more than 110 Baranger displays and over 7,000 other pieces.
His is a tale similar to that of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
A village in Germany hires a man to kill rats and mice that are invading, is only paid half the agreed amount. This time, the man asks for what was owed to him as well more for the new job, which the desperate villagers pay.
It was hard to keep up and required extra resources.
Nowadays, it’s open during charity fundraisers and by appointment to Pollack’s friends, acquaintances and serious collectors.
The American Design Institute named him Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year and he was named Builder Developer of the Year by the American Multi-House Association.
Twice he's been named "Outstanding Young Man of America." Over his career, Michael has been involved in over 10 million square feet of real estate projects and now controls over 4 million square feet of developed real estate in Arizona, California and Nevada.
The man finally brings in several cats that destroy the mice.
“That was the story that goes with him; it’s sounded like a really good one,” said Pollack, who had to clamber up a rat-infested attic in a Berlin antiques store to retrieve the statue at the shop owner’s bidding.
He's also collected prime commercial, industrial and multi-family real estate projects. Pollack Real Estate Investments is the company he founded in 1973.
It's one of the Southwest's most successful private owner-operators of commercial real estate.
Pollack is also particularly proud of his Baranger collection because the company made 165 or so machines, out of which he owns 156.