Adam Milstein co-founded Hager Pacific Properties and started the Milstein Foundation. Milstein has been very successful in managing commercial and residential properties and is also an outspoken defender of Israel’s public policies. Adam Milstein and his wife Gila started a program to educate Jewish families in Hebrew and other cultural traditions through their foundation, and are actively involved in every non-profit group they support. Philanthropy is an important aspect of Milstein’s work and recently he sat down with business blog Ideamensch to discuss his career choices.
Milstein told Ideamensch he’s never had a job he didn’t like and believes in hard work to drive success. He got the idea to start Hager Pacific Properties while he was in grad school because he felt he could do better than what other potential employers were offering him, so he started his own real estate investment company along with David Hager. Milstein said that persistence is key to succeeding in this business as well as patience because it takes time to generate profits in real estate. He also said that he finds specific goals too limiting in his business and prefers the spontaneity of the real estate industry.
Adam Milstein is originally from Israel having been raised by parents who immigrated there from Latin America when the nation was founded in 1948. Adam learned the building framing trade from his father growing up and it became a platform for his real estate career. Milstein also served in the military during the Yom Kippur War and was a part of the invasion of Egypt led by Ariel Sharon. Upon returning from the war Milstein married Gila Elgrably and also enrolled at the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology. In 1981 he and his family moved to the US where he completed grad school at USC and founded Hager Pacific Properties shortly after.
Milstein founded the family foundation in the year 2000 and helped start other non-profit groups through it. He’s the Chairman of the Israeli-American Council and a member of AIPAC, StandWithUs, Hillel International and Jerusalem U. He also made the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews list this last year.