Ideamensch is an independent blog that interviews various businessmen to find out from them how a business should be run. They decided to interview Adam Milstein, a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties and a spokesperson of Jewish activist organizations. Adam Milstein is originally from Israel but has lived in Los Angeles for over 30 years, and through the Milstein Foundation he and his wife Gila have started a Hebrew learning program for Jewish families all around the world.
Milstein explained how he came to found Hager Pacific Properties, an endeavor he undertook coming out of graduate school when he felt none of the current jobs being offered matched his experience. He’s said that he loves his work in the real estate industry because of the uncertainties and the challenges he faces, and he certainly does not back down from a challenge. But he also believes he can accomplish more by not limiting himself to specific goals day in and day out. And the person who has influenced his thinking the most is his own partner, David Hager.
Milstein’s parents moved to Israel back in 1948 and he was born four years later. His father was a building framer and construction manager by trade, and Adam would later follow in his footsteps. Milstein joined the Israeli military in 1971 and fought in Ariel Sharon’s division during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. After returning home he began working with his father and married Gila Elgrably one year later. He also attended the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology where he majored in business and economics but also sold art to the temples as a side business. He finished graduate school at the University of Southern California in 1981 and co-founded Hager Pacific Properties shortly after that.
Milstein’s family foundation focuses on three pillars of active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy. His key mission as an active philanthropist is not only to give back financially to the American Jewish community, but to engage his audience in pro-Israel policy support. He’s a founding member of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), Birthright Israel, AIPAC, StandWithUs, Hasbara Fellowships and many more organizations.