Adam Milstein is a respected businessman and philanthropist who is working to educate the Jewish American community in Jewish heritage and cultural traditions including learning Hebrew. He’s most known for his work at Hager Pacific Properties, the company he cofounded with David Hager and currently serves as a Managing Partner. Hager Pacific Properties owns many luxury commercial and residential properties in California, Texas and Illinois that they sell and lease out to investors. He’s spoken at many pro-Israel forums and conferences and has made the Jerusalem Post’s 2016 list of Top 50 Most Influential Jews.
Ideamensch decided to interview Adam Milstein to find out what drove him to success and what advice he could offer aspiring entrepreneurs entering his field. Milstein believes one of the first steps to success is being willing to do the work yourself, something he was willing to do to get into real estate brokering. He felt that none of the current jobs available while at grad school matched his skills and experiences, so he and David Hager decided to start their own company and soon began attracting investors to it. He also says you shouldn’t get hung up on just sticking to goals because that can limit you. His recommendation for reading is Dana Perino’s book And The Good News Is ….
Adam Milstein was born in Israel to two Jewish parents who had immigrated there from Latin America in 1948 when the modern nation had just become established. He served in the Israeli military in 1973 fighting in Ariel Sharon’s unit in the Yom Kippur War. After returning from the war he helped his father in the building framing business and also married Gila Elgrably, a girl he had met while in the military. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology several years later and then completed his MBA at USC. He and Gila founded the Milstein Foundation along with Sifriyat Pijama B’America in 2000, and he also became Chairman of the Israeli-American Council. He also serves at AIPAC, Hillel International, Birthright Isarel, StandWithUs, and many other organizations.