Adam Milstein was interviewed by Ideamensch, a business ideas blog that has asked many entrepreneurs about how they got into business. Adam Milstein is a Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties and the Chairman of the Milstein Foundation, the Israeli-American Council, and several other non-profit organizations. Ideamensch wanted to know more about how Milstein got started in the real estate business and how philanthropy has played an integral role in his career.
Adam Milstein would tell you the man who’s influenced his thinking the most is David Hager who he co-founded Hager Pacific Properties with. It’s largely because Milstein admires those who are great thinkers and will take the steps to solve problems that nobody else will. Milstein got into the real estate business upon completing his MBA at USC and made his own way towards becoming an investor and asset manager because he was unhappy with the other opportunities he was presented with. Milstein likes the unpredictable nature of the real estate market and seems to care less about having routine in his day than about just doing his best with any situation that comes his way. He does encourage entrepreneurs entering the real estate industry to be patient and follow up constantly with their contacts.
Adam Milstein has made the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews list of 2016, a list that’s included famous politicians, entertainers and philanthropists including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Senator Chuck Schumer. He’s spoken on many university campuses and at various Jewish forums and summits, and has helped launch Jewish tradition and Hebrew learning programs for Jewish Americans. His foundation is known for three pillars in active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy.
Adam Milstein was born in Israel just four years after the land was established as a new nation. His father was a building framer who also fought in the nation’s first war. Adam is the oldest of three sons and a former military veteran himself who fought under Ariel Sharon’s command in the Yom Kippur War. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology where he graduated from in 1978, and he earned his MBA at USC in 1981. He and his wife Gila established the Milstein Foundation in the year 2000.