When Adam Milstein came to the US in 1981 to pursue graduate work at USC, he had already seen much of life. In addition to earning a degree at the Technion, like other college students in Isreal, he had done his part and fought in the Yom Kippur war. When recruiters came to USC to recruit the new grads, Adam Milstein saw that they were only offering jobs that paid little more than students graduating with lesser degrees were making. He decided to take an informed chance and become an entrepreneur, first as a real estate broker and then as an investor in commercial real estate. Adam Milstein had the foresight to make the right choices at the right time in the fast-growing Southern California market.
Having founded Hagar Pacific Properties, he made his name in the real estate arena; however, he never left his Israeli roots behind. He used his wealth to make a difference, both in his native land and his adopted country. Adam Milstein and his wife Gila are active in Pro-Isreali causes, such as providing free Hebrew books to Isreali-Americans through Sifriyat Pijama B’America. He is the co-founder of the Israeli-American Council and serves as their National Chairman.
Making his home in Encino, California, Adam Milstein is a husband, father, and grandfather in addition to being one of the most famous real estate entrepreneurs in the US. More than just an investment leader, Mr. Milstein and his family use their wealth and influence to make the world a better place by working for the protection of Israel and the preservation of Jewish culture.
Do not let anything fall between the cracks – that is what Adam Milstein would tell you. These and among other wise epithets are the things that have shaped him in a career in real estate and a life of philanthropy and love.
Who is Adam Milstein?
Adam Milstein was born in Israel where he spent his formative years. He served as a soldier and later on joined his father in the business of real estate and construction development. He was married in 1974 and got his degree in Bachelors of Science in 1978. He arrived in the U.S.A in 1981 and he earned an MBA from the University of South Californiain 1983. He is currently the managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties.
In an exclusive interview with Ideamensch, Adams Milstein opened up about the values that have shaped him so far. Top of these is the ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude that he has based his work ethics. When he wanted to start out, he realized that the people who gave him opportunities in life did not really appreciate what he had to offer them. He decided to go at it himself and became a sales agent. After just three successful years as a broker, he decided it was time to become an investor in real estate ad he has not looked back since.
Milstein denies there being any routine to the business of real estate, there is only what is possible. Business is a day to day activity, and while it is fulfilling, it requires a person to do more to be truly satisfied. Milstein derives his satisfaction from philanthropy. In fact, most of the values that have made him such a successful real estate investor have driven him in his works of philanthropy. He is a co-founder and the national chairman of Israeli- American foundation among other charity foundations.
Adam Milstein inspires many and he is a true beacon of our society. He is proof that economic fulfilment is not enough. You also has to give back and care for those that surround them.
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