Adam Milstein may not be the first name that comes up when Israel’s policies are discussed, but he’s made the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews list of 2016, a list that includes Haim Saban, Benjamin Netanyahu and George Soros. He’s been a top investor in the real estate industry as Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties, and his work in this field prompted Ideamensch to sit down for an interview with him. Ideamensch is an independent business blog that has sat down with some of the most brilliant business minds of today.
Milstein spoke about the founding of Hager Pacific Properties born out of a desire to find a better job than what was currently being offered to him. He advises anyone going into the industry to be patient when entering this profession as it takes time to make money in the profession. He also said it takes time to develop structure in the profession as more structure happens as you build up assets and acquisitions. He also said one key is to keep your contacts organized and follow up with every lead, and he recommends using Constant Contact to do so. The book Milstein recommends to everyone is Dana Perino’s And The Good News Is….
Adam Milstein grew up in Israel when the nation was still young. His parents immigrated to Israel from Latin America and his father fought in the initial war of independence prior to becoming a building framer in the construction trade. Adam also joined the military when he came of age and fought in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Upon returning home from the war he joined his father in the construction business and married Gila Elgrably. Milstein got his bachelor’s degree at the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology and his MBA at University of Southern California.
Adam Milstein and his wife Gila started the Milstein Foundation to promote active philanthropy in the Jewish community and started a Hebrew learning program in conjunction with it. Adam Milstein also founded several Jewish activist groups including the Israeli-American Council, Birthright Israel, Hillel International, StandWithUs and Hasbara Fellowships. He’s also a father to three daughters and has several grandchildren.