Adam Milstein works closely with StandWithUs, a Jewish American group aimed at promoting Israeli patriotism through media displays. Not long ago they hosted a video competition called “Inspired by Israel” which awarded entrants based on how inspiring their message of supporting Israel was. Milstein has been talking about and promoting peace and strength in Israel for many years, and he’s an accomplished businessman who cofounded Hager Pacific Properties. Milstein talked with Ideamensch about how he started the company and what a day in the life of a real estate investor looked like.
Milstein’s beginnings at Hager Pacific Properties happened after he completed graduate school at USC and decided to break into commercial real estate, a field he considered the most fitting to his skills. He told Ideamensch that being a real estate investor has its ups and downs, and your day can be full of surprises given the uncertainties that often hit the markets. He did say that he is more successful by not limiting himself to specific goals as they tend to get in the way. His friend and partner David Hager is the man he’s described as a deep thinker and having the most profound influence on him.
Adam Milstein has deep loyalties to Israel because his parents were part of the first wave of Jews returning to the motherland, and he also served in the Israeli Defense Forces when they gained their territory in the Yom Kippur War. He worked a few years with his father at various building construction sites, and he completed a bachelor’s in business and economics at the Technion. Adam Milstein is married to Gila Milstein and has raised three daughters who are all married now.
Adam and Gila Milstein have great pride in the family foundation through which they have given money and time to build bridges across the Jewish community. An important part of their foundation is Sifriyat Pijama B’America, a learning course in Hebrew that also has bedtime stories and history for young children. They also work with activists and students through the Israeli-American Council, AIPAC and Hasbara Fellowships.