Adam Milstein is a remarkable man who is doing work for the Jewish American community both in business and civics. He is primarily a real estate broker who obtains financing and manages properties for the company he cofounded, Hager Pacific Properties.
But he’s also the leader of several pro-Israel foundations including the Israeli-American Council, Hasbara Fellowships, StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition, Jerusalem U, Birthright Israel and AIPAC. His work has consisted of bringing together Jewish community and religious leaders in support of common causes, and working with US government and non-profit groups to build a strong US and Israel partnership. He was awarded the 39th place in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2016 column.
Adam Milstein took some time to talk about his work with Ideamensch, a website that asks businessmen how they started their companies and what their workdays look like. Milstein got the idea for Hager Pacific Properties over 30 years ago when finishing graduate school. He felt commercial real estate brokering and investing while tricky was more rewarding than other jobs he saw at the time. Milstein’s credits some of his success to going about his work alone and not waiting for anyone else to take the initiative. He says perhaps his one regret wasn’t being patient back when he ran another business in art sales, but he learned from that about patience in investing and how staying patient in real estate is also key to making money. His favorite book is Dana Perino’s And The Good News Is….
Adam Milstein has worked in building framing and also served in Israel’s armed forces, a part of his life that followed in his father’s footsteps. He’s the oldest of three sons and his parents both had moved to Israel shortly after the modern state was founded in 1948. He completed his bachelor’s degree in business at Israel’s Technion institute and later his master’s at the University of Southern California. He married Gila Elgrably in 1974 and raised three daughters. In the later years he and Gila started a family foundation and in addition to their active philanthropy they’ve promoted ancient Hebrew to families through Sifriyat Pijama B’America.