Adam Milstein is usually highly spoken of in the Jewish circles because of his undying generosity and the personal sacrifices he’s made to support others in the Jewish community. He’s known for being the Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties, but even more so for starting the Milstein Family Foundation and serving as Chairman for the Israeli-American Council. His values at the foundation are about active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy. He made the Jerusalem Post’s list of Top 50 Most Influential Jews in 2016 which also included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ideamensch wanted to know a little more about how Milstein became successful in real estate, so they asked him about his company. Milstein told them that a day in his work doesn’t have a lot of structure due to the constant changes and ebbs and flows of the market. He said to be successful in real estate you really have to be willing to do a lot on your own in order to find solutions. He said he got interested in real estate because the options he was faced with coming out of grad school were limited and not rewarding enough for someone of his background. He also said the person who has influenced his thinking the most has been his partner and friend, David Hager because of his worldview and knowledge of economics.
Adam Milstein was raised in Israel and also spent his military career there fighting in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He started out in the construction trade and worked with his father, Hillel Milstein on many projects. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the Israeli Institute of Technology – Technion and then completed his master’s at USC. After cofounding Hager Pacific Properties, Adam and his wife Gila began reaching out to the Jewish community through their foundation, and one of the chief programs they started was Sifriyat Pijama B’America, a course of Hebrew learning materials for Jewish families. Other groups they support include AIPAC, Hillel International, StandWithUs, Birthright Israel, Jerusalem U, NCSY, JIMENA and many others.