Adam Milstein recently made a notable list in the Jerusalem Post at number 39 in the Most Influential Jews of 2016, a list that includes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, philanthropist Haim Saban and US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. His resume is quite impressive as Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate broker firm that owns billions in luxury properties across the US, and he’s also a leader in Jewish American philanthropy and pro-Israel forums. Milstein has his own approach to being successful in real estate, and Ideamensch recently hosted an interview with him to discuss his business approach.
Adam Milstein talked about his founding of the company after coming out of grad school and because he felt he could do better in commercial real estate brokering than any other jobs he was offered, he and David Hager launched their own company. He said he’s willing to do all the legwork on his own and will not wait for someone else to accomplish an idea he has. He explained that real estate can have a lot of ups and downs and can be tricky at times, but he loves the challenges it presents on a daily basis. He also says being involved in philanthropy adds, even more, structure to his daily tasks and adds an even greater sense of accomplishment.
Adam Milstein is from the city of Haifa in Israel and is the son of a building frame and a homemaker. He fought in the Yom Kippur War when he came of age and performed his mandatory service, and he served in the unit that invaded Egypt and forced their surrender under then Commander Ariel Sharon. Upon completing his service he attended the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology and completed his bachelor’s degree in business and economics. He worked with his father on building projects around the country prior to enrolling in graduate school at USC.
Adam Milstein married Gila Elgrably not long after the war and became a father to three daughters and now has several grandchildren. After starting Hager Pacific Properties, he and Gila began the Milstein Family Foundation as a channel for their active philanthropy and later started Sifriyat Pijama B’America to teach Jewish families Hebrew. He also became Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, an organization aimed at promoting peace through strength for Israel and strengthening US relations.