Ideamensch has had some interesting people that they’ve interviewed on their blog, and recently they sat down with entrepreneur and philanthropist Adam Milstein to find out more about his work and experience. Adam Milstein has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years doing work both as a broker and as Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties, a company that leases and sells commercial, multi-family residential and industrial properties to clients and has holdings in California, Texas and Illinois. Milstein is also the founder of the Milstein Foundation and on the board of several Israeli public policy organizations.
According to what he told Ideamensch, Adam Milstein helped start Hager Pacific Properties because he believed he could do better than the jobs being offered to him while he was attending grad school. Milstein gets ideas that nobody else has accomplished and works until he has turned them into reality. Milstein believes that a good way to get things done is not to get caught up in specific goals, but to do the best you can in the moment and have patience in business. Milstein’s partner and friend, David Hager has been the most influential person in his work as someone who is, as Milstein says a man with a deep knowledge of world economics and a great thinker.
Adam Milstein was born and raised in Israel to two parents who both migrated to the nation when it was first established in 1948. His father became a building framer after fighting in the war of independence, and Adam would follow in his footsteps when he came of age and joined the Israeli army. He fought in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and then married Gila Elgrably soon after returning home. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Technion Institute of Technology and completed his MBA at USC in 1981. He helped found Hager Pacific Properties not long after that and then established the Milstein Foundation in 2000. He has spoken at various Jewish forums that have been hosted by AIPAC, and is the Chairman of the Israeli-American Council. He also made the list of the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews in 2016.