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Michael Pollack
It’s not every day one celebrates five decades in business, much less 50 years of redeveloping some of the Valley’s biggest eyesores and turning them into landmark properties.
This month Michael Pollack, the longtime real estate redeveloper and the Valley’s beloved philanthropist celebrates just that – 50 years of making Valley shopping centers beautiful again. 
To date, Pollack has either developed or redeveloped more than 11 million square feet of real estate projects in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Louisiana and California. While based in Mesa, the real estate entrepreneur has helped to create thousands of jobs by bringing renovation projects to the cities of Phoenix, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale and Peoria.
In honor of this milestone, former Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a commendation and four Arizona mayors including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Tempe Mayor Corey Woods have all signed proclamations congratulating Pollack on his 50 years of contributions to Valley cities and their surrounding communities.
“Michael Pollack has made a tremendous impact not just in the beautiful City of Phoenix but throughout the Valley of the Sun,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.
“There are dozens and dozens of shopping centers where he has rebuilt the center and restored the pride back in our communities. As a result, I am honored to present this special proclamation to Michael and to say thank you for everything you have done and continue to do.”
Mayor Gallego, along with other state and city dignitaries, will be on hand to present the proclamations to Pollack at a special private celebration that will include over 500 guests on Saturday, Sept. 23.
In addition to the proclamations, earlier this summer Pollack was also awarded the prestigious Mayor’s Cup Award from the City of Chandler for more than 30 years of investing and redeveloping commercial properties in Chandler. 
Pollack bought one of his first Arizona shopping centers in the early 1990’s at 610 N. Alma School Road in Chandler and he still owns it today.
Pollack has either redeveloped or developed 32 commercial properties representing more than one million square feet just in the City of Chandler. Every real estate purchase and redevelopment has the same goal and that is to bring pride back into the community and to make the surrounding neighborhoods proud to call Chandler home. 
“50 years is a long time and we not only congratulate Michael Pollack for his years of service to this community but we are also proud to have selected him as this year’s recipient of the Chandler Cup,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke.
“Michael’s commitment to and passion for our community has truly made a difference in the lives of our Chandler residents and we are so appreciative for everything he has done for this great city.”
Pollack’s professional and personal contributions include hosting events, making financial contributions, sponsoring charitable events and using his musical talent playing along-side his band “Pollack’s Corporate Affair” to bring people together for charitable causes he believes in.
Pollack’s commitment to give back to communities includes donating to nonprofit organizations such as Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Mayo Clinic, Banner Health Foundation, Save the Family, City of Hope, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Haitian Disaster Relief, Chandler Regional Hospital, Assistance League of the East Valley, Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Cancer Society and many others.  
“I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate this incredible milestone, along with my family and friends,” Pollack said. “I am honored by the recognition I have received for this professional achievement and look forward to the future with excitement and anticipation of what’s to come.”
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