Adam Milstein is the co-founder of Hager Pacific Properties and the Milstein Family Foundation where he currently serves as Chairman. He’s helped establish and become a member of several non-profit groups whose mission is to promote the welfare of Israel and strengthen the relationship between Jewish and American communities. He’s on the boards of the Israeli-American Council, Jerusalem U, AIPAC, Birthright Israel, Students Supporting Israel, Hillel International, and StandWithUs. His work in business and philanthropy earned him recognition in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews column this last year. Ideamensch, an independent entrepreneur’s blog wanted to know about Milstein’s career so they interviewed him not long ago.
Milstein discussed how he came to start Hager Pacific Properties along with his friend David Hager, and he said it came from a drive to do better than what most current job openings offered him at the time. It took him some time to acquire assets in the business, but he’s said the more he’s acquired the more structure a day in his work has. He’s said a big part of his success has been being willing to get things done on his own and not limiting himself too much to specific goals. Milstein also says philanthropy has become important to his daily tasks and that using Constant Contact helps him follow up both with business and philanthropy contacts.
Adam Milstein learned much of his work ethic from his father in the building framing business growing up in Israel. He’s the oldest of three sons and a former military veteran of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He married Gila Elgrably and has three daughters and now several grandchildren and enjoys spending time with all of them. He cofounded Hager Pacific Properties back in the early 1980s and started the Milstein Family Foundation in the year 2000. Jewish history and traditions are important to Adam Milstein, so he and Gila helped start Sifriyat Pijama B’America to teach families Hebrew and Jewish traditions.