Usually when Adam Milstein’s name comes up, it’s affiliated with a pro-Israel activist group and rightfully so because he’s done a lot to educate and bring together Jewish and Israeli-Americans for causes that affect both groups. He’s been organizing events and meeting with leaders at foundations like the Milstein Family Foundation and the Israeli-American Council where he serves as Chairman. But not nearly as well known is his work in real estate and what he does as Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties. Ideamensch asked him about it not long ago and he had some interesting things to say.
Adam Milstein said he got started in commercial real estate after finishing his master’s degree at USC. He was unhappy with current job offers so he decided he needed to take a risk and make real estate brokering happen for himself. What he loves about the job is that there’s no set routine to it. He also said the job isn’t necessarily about setting goals and reaching them but doing the best you can in any situation. His primary job is financing property purchases and arranging buyer and seller client deals. Thus far Hager Pacific Properties has amassed billions worth in commercial and residential properties.
Adam Milstein is from Haifa, Israel where he spent the first 29 years of his life. His background includes serving in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and several years working with his father in building construction. He got his bachelor’s degree at the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology prior to enrolling at USC.
Adam Milstein’s philanthropy work began after his real estate investing career was in full swing, and he and his wife Gila have several target groups that their family foundation works with. The primary group is young people starting with children who they encourage parents to teach Hebrew at a young age. They also have a lot of college campus activist groups they get involved with to promote important discussions and fight anti-Semitism. And the other group is businessmen and community leaders from both liberal and conservative backgrounds that they want to bring together to build a greater pride in the nation of Israel.