Adam Milstein has put a lot of work over the years into Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate investment company he co-founded with David Hager many years ago and where he is currently Managing Partner. The company owns many high-end residential and commercial properties in California, Texas and Illinois and Milstein has been responsible for the funding and investor growth in the company. But he’s also a philanthropist that’s been active in many organizations promoting the welfare and policies of Israel, and he and his wife Gila have also started programs for teaching Jewish families Hebrew. These accomplishments earned him a spot in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2016.
Milstein shared some insights into his business with Ideamensch, a blog that’s interviewed many businessmen to find out what’s made them successful. Milstein said he had the idea to start Hager Pacific Properties while still in grad school and he felt becoming a commercial real estate broker was something he could do better than what other companies were offering him. He said his partner David Hager has been one of the most influential figures in his life due to his thoughtful insights and knowledge of world markets. He’s said that one way to be successful is to not limit yourself to too many specific goals in a given time, and also to always follow up with every contact you make.
Adam Milstein is formerly from Israel and is also a veteran of the Israeli military having fought in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. After completing his military service he joined his father in the building framing and construction business and also married Gila Elgrably. He attended the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology not long after and completed his bachelor’s degree in business and economics. He also temporarily ran a business selling art to the temples while there. Later he completed his master’s degree at USC after relocating to the US with his family.
Adam and Gila founded the Milstein Foundation in the year 2000, and it’s the main channel through which they support Jewish non-profit groups. Adam Milstein is also Chairman of the Israeli-American Council and a member of Birthright Israel, Hasbara Fellowships, StandWithUs and Hillel International. He’s spoken at many pro-Israeli forums, university campuses and other special conferences.