Adam Milstein is a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a company that he helped start about 30 years ago. He has quite the knowledge of the real estate market and how to broker deals between investors and agents. He is also a Jewish philanthropist whose efforts have led to the establishment of several Israel and US public relations organizations, and an active involvement in educating Jewish communities across the US. He recently sat down with Ideamensch, a blog offering advice and information to aspiring entrepreneurs to talk about his life’s work and where he has gotten ideas from.
Milstein has built quite a company along with his partner and friend, David Hager. But he wasn’t always a business success, as he told Ideamensch one time he tried to start an art sales business that seemed to have promise but didn’t turn into the success he thought it would. But he did remain resilient in his studies, and he got the idea to go into real estate and start his own company because nobody else offered him the career he was looking for. Milstein certainly has no problem going out and doing things on his own, something he does frequently when he needs to solve a problem. But he believes if you don’t get attached to any specific goals, you’ll have more freedom to do so.
Adam Milstein was born in Israel in 1952 to Jewish parents who had immigrated to the new nation-state from Latin America. His father’s job as a building framer had Adam and his family moving some as a young man, and Adam would later learn the job and work alongside his father for a few years. Adam served in the military for a few years, including a tour during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He got his bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Technion Israeli Institute of Technology, and his MBA from USC in 1981.
Adam Milstein is married to Gila Milstein and has three daughters. Their foundation has three pillars that drive the work they do in active philanthropy, path life impact, and philanthropic synergy. His work promoting peace through a strong Israel with organizations like AIPAC, the Israeli-American Council, Hasbara Fellowships, Birthright Israel and StandWithUs has earned him a ranking at 39 in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews list.